“The Riven World,” Part 5

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Rudek’s flashback to the campaign in Galicja continues. By the time he arrives at the shtetl, the violence has already occurred…but one desperate survivor needs Rudek’s help… I went out on a limb and watercolored this one, background and characters. … Continued

A Sobering Moment

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While I was working on this one, I was just so happy to draw Masha doing everything that makes her who she is. A tough little bear, focused on her goals, knowing an opportunity when she sees it!   The … Continued

“The Riven World,” Part 4

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The flashback continues… The number of characters and complexity of the staging was a fun challenge…but took way too long to complete. Thanks for hanging in there despite my erratic update schedule.

Disarmed

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I’m still not sure about the decision to draw Malutki’s eyes all white, like he’s in the Avatar State or something. I wanted him to look fearsome… But is this the right visual cue? Not sure.

“The Riven World,” Part 3

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A continuation of this flashback. I went very sketchy / minimal on the backgrounds in this one, to try and maintain my update schedule. I’m not entirely happy with it, but content that the characters, their poses and gestures are … Continued

Risk

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I tried a couple new things in this comic. If you compare the bears’ costumes to how they appeared when we last saw them, you’ll see the colors have shifted, especially Malutki’s. I wanted to emphasize his moral decision to … Continued

“The Riven World,” Part 2

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the flashback to Rudek’s days in Haller’s Army continues. I’ve found researching the Polish-Ukrainian conflict to be fascinating, partially because of how divergent the historiographies are. Polish sources tell one story, Jewish sources another, Ukrainian sources still another. Haller’s men … Continued

“The Riven World,” Part 1

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Flashback to 1919. Private Rudek, ten years younger, drives a cart with a company in Haller’s Army, on the road to Lemberg (Lwów). They stop to rest at a shtetl in Buczacz… Good lord this comic took forever to finish. … Continued

A Skirmish

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Oh dear! So. I had originally drawn the last comic and this one as a single, double-length page, like ones I’ve uploaded in the past. But I realized that to tell the story correctly, I needed to adjust the pace … Continued

Shots Fired

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Uh oh! We’ve got quite the situation developing here ;) In coloring this comic, I opted for a scheme of tints and shades of four hues, organized this way: I guess you could look at it as an analogous scheme … Continued

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