Wigilia

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Looks like 1929 is coming to a close in the world of Rudek and the Bear. For the curious, the object Rudek is handing to Malutki is called an opłatek. Did you notice the new word bubble typeface? I was … Continued

Extra Credit

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What I wonder here is, does Kasia know what she’s doing here? As she never interacted directly with “Private Misza,” she probably doesn’t know about Masha’s conflicted position… I wanted to really push the Vermeer-ish feel in the school room. … Continued

Reconnaissance

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Babcia certainly means well, but–she may just be selling Rudek up the river. It’s unlike her to not be a step ahead. though. For this comic I did a little research on Belarusian folk motifs. And it turns out there’s … Continued

A Real Puzzle

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Kasia is doing what any reasonable person would do, after hearing her shipment of supplies was confiscated at the border. The captain of the local KOP company, however, isn’t exactly a reasonable person. Like the last comic, this one was … Continued

The Would-Be Fink

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Yep. Sergeant Kowak is still trying to make the whole politics thing work. Currying favor, turning your superiors against your rivals. It ain’t so easy when the new Private is trying to make friends and bring the company together for … Continued

A Grave Matter

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Continuing the plot from this comic. I was very amused when several fans left comments on that comic, speculating as to what Babcia was really up to… The question is, did Rudek allow himself to be misled? What did he … Continued

Shady Characters

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This comic follows up this red squirrel’s unfortunate encounter with Masha. That bear is supposed to be a sun bear. Though you can’t see his characteristic throat marking, I’m pretty happy with how his character design is differentiated from Malutki’s. … Continued

Birthplace

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Well, this one took a tremendously long time to complete, and I’m not completely satisfied with it. But it’s time to post and move on. Once I completed the backgrounds, which were quite light (due to the snowy landscape), I … Continued

Sneakthief

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Masha’s recent run-in with a starving Belarusian refugee left her conflicted…but now it looks like she’s made a decision. Well, she tried to, anyway. For the backgrounds, I tried something new–the oil paint tool in MangaStudio. I was afraid of … Continued

Clever Enough

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And so! After a long pause, another installment of the story. I was pleasantly surprised to find that after months away from the drawing tablet, the style of this cartoon is pretty consistent with the last few. You may notice, … Continued

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