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Tonight on Legend of the Hare: Shame

Ah yes, the great freakout of 2014. I felt that the story wasn’t working because I didn’t characterize Jill at all before starting it, and seeing how gruesome the dead rabbits were made me want to abandon the plan for Jill to accidentally burn Molly (even though the CAT TORCHER poster is still prominently displayed next to a bunch of the ale, so I was still holding on to it a little). I also didn’t feel like I’d properly set up Jill, so time for a soft reboot! Jill gets kicked back to Earth so we can learn more about her shitty life before the plot starts again!

Re-reading this, I’m surprised both at how unnecessary it was, but also at how it kind of worked despite being a panic move and a story I didn’t like the start of. “I got super wasted last night and became a magical girl” is an interesting premise, and it it recontextualizes the tattoo in a thematic way that’s pretty slick for how unplanned it is. I kind of lucked into it. It looks planned!

This is also an attempt to establish Tempest as a character. The smart, socially active one who had her shit together. Why is she friends with Jill? Is she friends with Jill, or just roomies? That’s a great question, but she ended up being kind of secondary. I tried to promote Tempest to main character in book 2, but then book 2 got cancelled, c’est la vie.

Here’s some Tempest Trivia, though: Her name comes from Cosby Show actress Tempestt Bledsoe, for no reason other than I thought “Tempest” was a cool name. Her never-mentioned-in-the-comic last name, Flowers, is from Ramona Flowers of Scott Pilgrim vs The World, again just because I thought it sounded nice. While we’re on a name kick, did you know Saffron and Sage is named after a sandwich shop called Bailey and Sage I used to live near? Sage the character was not part of the original plan for that story, but I liked the name enough that I put him in!

Jesus Christ, though. This page has eight panels on it, one of which is an establishing shot! I’m lucky Carlos didn’t fly to America to beat me up.

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I wanna update Legend of the Hare but I can’t get into the site for some reason 😐

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It’s here!

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Tonight on Saffron and Sage: Legend of the Hair

It’s page 100! Everyone party! Sadly, there’s no big CSS wizardry this time like Legend of the Hare had, just a completely normal page with no reveals or implications. Y’all thought the Bunny Blade was just a cameo, didn’t you?

To be honest, I feel really nervous and uncomfortable posting this page, and I’m not really sure why. I feel like there’s a bit too much going on in this chapter too fast, and it feels like I’m spinning a lot of plates and I’m just barely keeping them in the air. I probably did not need to establish Tony the Lion at this point in the story. I certainly shouldn’t have had him on this page and forced Carlos to do to establishing shots at once, but c’est la vie. This is why I stan for doing episodic chapters, makes it easier to do little resets to keep minor mistakes from blossoming into larger problems. After this chapter is done, I think I’ll make Chapter 6 another short one, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, which will hopefully be soon!

Yo! This raises too many questions!? At least for anyone who read LotH! What?! Is she like Jill’s boss or something!? Does that tower actually exist or was that just a cute nod or actually y’know what I really care about any of that right now.  

Okay so maybe I wasn’t super articulate above,but that doesn’t change the fact that I gots questions that need answering. Mainly……

 Is this gonna happen!? 

No spoilers, but that art is fucking sick, Sirk.

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Tonight on Legend of the Hare: We’re done with all the scary gory shit, which will never be seen or referenced again! This comic is a comedy!

Speaking of horrific nightmares, what the fuck is Molly wearing? Yellow socks on yellow tights with yellow shoes? Ew. I’m pretty sure I decided on this outfit myself, which is probably why it’s a good idea that I have Sabu design outfits for my characters sometimes.

This page is honestly pretty worthless, except for the name-drop of Maeconolith who never ends up being explained and I’ll talk about him when he actually shows up.

People who’ve read ahead may wonder why Molly is going to the docks when it’s later revealed she has a teleportation stone. The answer is that to this very day I’m not entirely sure how you actually get from one layer of the tower to another. The individual layers are presented as if they’re universes, where there’s a sky above everyone instead of a roof. My backstory was that there were like these big Stargate things that connected all the layers to each other in peacetime, built by the horses (who were the “travel” people since you ride horses), and that during the….war?….the rabbits, dragons, and horses destroyed their gates to keep the rats out. This was actually alluded to in the lore posts under the original pages on the original site, but sadly those lore posts are all gone…

….

Wait, is the old site available on the Internet Archive? I don’t think I ever checked….

HOLY SHIT IT IS

Wow, that means I have all the old lore shit back! Thanks, Internet Archive! What deep lore did we have for this page?

“Blessed are the cursed, for they have seen beauty
Blessed is the man who sits in the seat of the damned
Whose delight is in the death of the world
Which passes in the day and in the night
For he shall he as the tree in the flames bearing fruit and nectar out of season
The godly are not so, the ungodly are the chaff that the storm drives away
For EACSTAIS knows the way of the righteous and the unrighteous”

Unknown, inscription on the base of pagan ruins in Tetrest

Ha ha, what the fuck, past me? Eacstais was another god from my DnD cosmology that I eventually dropped, the obligatory Cthulu god. What the fuck does this have to do with anything on this page, though? What the fuck is “Tetrest”? That sounds like Tetris, but the 4th layer is the rabbit one so what the hell? I have no memory of that.

The Lore Posts, which I’ve alluded to before, were bits of “lore”/worldbuilding under some pages, mostly written write as I was uploading the page. The whole idea was shamelessly ripped off from Kill Six Billion Demons, but in THAT comic the cosmology was directly related to the story whereas in mine it was mostly pointless piffle until eventually getting jokey.  Oh my god, look at this

For the Office of General Sergei Alliluyev,

Today has been a truly glorious victory. The rebels have been expelled from the square, and suffered great casualties attempting to retreat through the portal. Their cavalry has been slain almost to a horse. We estimated that the rabbits have lost forty percent of their forces. Though the dragons suffered minimal losses, we were able to expel them, and seize full control of the gate. With the possible exception of Emirpeta, all active gates to Monoligrad are now under our control.

Noteworthy confirmed enemy causalities, besides the obvious one, include Colm Ó Dálaigh of the rabbits. We believe the rabbits are thus leaderless, powerless, and effectively defeated.

Expect further correspondence

For the glory of Erickson,

Captain Alexi Galkin, acting Grand Marshal of the Monoligrad Restoration Corps

This is the post that went under page 2. This shit, which mentions the gates, Colm the previous Rabbit Champion, and the Dragon/Rabbit/Horse alliance, is under a page of Jill on a bed before any rabbits are introduced. See, I had plans! Not plans for the chapter or plans that would be at all helpful, but plans!

It even mentions a gate to the rat kingdom from “Emirpeta” which is almost certainly the Cat Kingdom layer in the ocean. The “-peta” part is also almost certainly “Nepeta” which is the scientific name for Catnip but lets be real here and admit that I apparently named a location in my first webcomic after a fucking Homestuck troll.

I literally only thought to check the internet archive as I’m writing this post and I’m all nostalgic and excited to learn what kind of bullshit I thought was cool in 2016 with all of you.

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Tonight on Legend of the Hare: The rabbits hear my mix tape!

JESUS CHRIST, past me.

Pages like this are a good reason to get an editor, who’ll slap you when you write something this wildly- wait, I had an editor back then! Erik what the hell! This is so dark and gruesome and even this early it was obvious that LotH was going to be a funny comic and not a drama one, and wow man I have nothing to say in my defense. It’s just so tonally dissonant all on one page.

Legend of the Hare: It’s Watchmen meets Cathy! The rabbits will look up and shout “Save Us” and I’ll look down and whisper “Ack!”

It’s okay, though, they’re fine, this is a wacky cartoony comic they’ll make a full recovery off-screen and be fine later. That’s canon now. It’s cool. It’s fine.

I think actually seeing this page is what made me abort the “Molly gets burned” plot point at the last second, even as Peggy sets up Molly having her own flame gloves, which she doesn’t (which means, actually, that the rabbits getting Jill drunk so she’ll become the Rabbit Champion wasn’t actually part of my original planned story, huh).

There were a lot of structural mistakes in earlier pages, but I think this is the point where Legend of the Hare well and truly flew off the rails, not just because the page itself is so broken, but because I realized my plan sucked, threw it out, and started flying blind.

Holy shit

This page probably needs to be deleted from the archive.  As a story flow goes it only makes sense if you were doing Peggy as an irredeemable villain, because she crosses the moral event horizon early.  I enjoyed LoTH, but I really couldn’t accept Peggy as a comic relief villain beyond this point. She already came out as the complete monster.  Best to just rewrite this scene, since there’s too much material later that contradicts it.

If I ever come back to LotH it’ll be as a full reboot, so I’ll keep this page as a cautionary tale for future writers. There’s definitely a part of me that wants to cut it and pretend it never happened (it’s not even all that important of a scene, despite introducing the villains), but one day when I’m an Eisner Winning Comics God or whatever it’ll be inspirational for the kids of 2050 to look back and see how I was so bad a writer in 2014 and just because they’re bad doesn’t mean they can’t improve

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Tonight on Legend of the Hare: The rabbits hear my mix tape!

JESUS CHRIST, past me.

Pages like this are a good reason to get an editor, who’ll slap you when you write something this wildly- wait, I had an editor back then! Erik what the hell! This is so dark and gruesome and even this early it was obvious that LotH was going to be a funny comic and not a drama one, and wow man I have nothing to say in my defense. It’s just so tonally dissonant all on one page.

Legend of the Hare: It’s Watchmen meets Cathy! The rabbits will look up and shout “Save Us” and I’ll look down and whisper “Ack!”

It’s okay, though, they’re fine, this is a wacky cartoony comic they’ll make a full recovery off-screen and be fine later. That’s canon now. It’s cool. It’s fine.

I think actually seeing this page is what made me abort the “Molly gets burned” plot point at the last second, even as Peggy sets up Molly having her own flame gloves, which she doesn’t (which means, actually, that the rabbits getting Jill drunk so she’ll become the Rabbit Champion wasn’t actually part of my original planned story, huh).

There were a lot of structural mistakes in earlier pages, but I think this is the point where Legend of the Hare well and truly flew off the rails, not just because the page itself is so broken, but because I realized my plan sucked, threw it out, and started flying blind.

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Tonight on Saffron and Sage, it’s, um, Legend of the Hare! We don’t have a Saffron page this week, so you get double the LotH action! Look at this page introducing a popular comic relief villain in Peggy, as she, um, huh.

COMIC RELIEF VILLAINS EVERYONE WHOOO

I don’t have much to say about this page, honestly, it (and the next one) are waaaaaaay too dark for this comic, but I didn’t really have a tone for Legend of the Hare in mind. I eventually settled on a mostly comedic take, and this page scene of Peggy burning a small child to death is, uh, not in keeping with that. So, um, thinks to talk about, thinks to talk about.

Peggy’s Gya ha ha I think is inspired by Heidegger from Final Fantasy VII, so that’s something.

Oh, Molly! Molly is introduced playing cat’s cradle with some string, a bit of foreshadowing for the never-used plot point of Molly being the Cat Champion. So was her last name, Snowshoe, which is a type of cat breed.

The red skies kind of make this scene look like it’s from Batman The Animated Series.

And that’s all I have to say about that