Chapter 4, page 1

Eddie here! Every time we start a new chapter, I'm learning new things. Last chapter the focus was contrasting the present with a distinct flashback style. We'd done flashbacks in our prelude, but I wasn't that big of a fan of the style I picked at the time (which was well over a year ago). Given the flexibility of web-publishing, Scotto and I have basically decided that if we want to try something new, then screw it, we will. We spend so much time reading comics and figuring out how other creators are tackling storytelling challenges, and we want to use this platform to test out those different forms to continually evolve our story. Ultimately we never want to back ourselves into a corner if a different stylistic choice seems like the right way to tell our story. If we're forced to retcon something, so be it, but personally I think it's cool to see how artistic choices shift.

This chapter is fun because it's in a very small, sterile environment. Largely what's interesting to me is how the characters are responding to one another with changes in facial and body expression, and I've been looking for ways to accentuate that by keeping similar static camera angles that clearly delineate their distance from one another, while also allowing us a closeups on the character's expressions. I was worried it would be kind of boring, but building the layout felt very theatrical to me, so hopefully you enjoy! Really excited to have these three characters in a room together. YES.

Chapter 3, page 8

Eddie here! Scotto and I got home super late last night from Rose City ComiCon--What a total blast! It's a smaller con than ECCC, so you can really approach people and get facetime. We chatted with Kelly Sue DeConnick about how theater and comics share so much in common, traded book recommendations with Jonathan Hickman, and learned about Kelly Fitzpatrick's favorite comic book shop and burger joint. We made a lot of great connections, hopefully some that will be good for Storm and Desire. Sign up for our newsletter if you want a full breakdown of RCCC (with pictures!). 

Honestly though, I was just stoked to get back to the drawing board and finish this puppy up for today. Originally, this panel had very little text, but I made some suggestions, at which point Scotto totally leaned into the style we've been developing. Collaboration! It's fun! Now I'm off to collapse as I have barely gotten any sleep in the past week. 

Chapter 3, page 7

Eddie here! Boy am I glad to be out of flashback mode. Playing in sepia was fun, but it can get a little dreary to color. This weekend, Scotto and I are headed down to Portland for Rose City Comicon, which I'm really looking forward to. We haven't reached the point where we have a booth or anything, but are there to meet folks & learn. Next week marks the last page of Chapter 3! We are enjoying creating these short concise chapters that help us keep the story moving fast. Looking forward to getting our three leads in the same room! 

Chapter 3, page 5

Eddie here! I had so many false starts with this page, and I felt like throwing a chair through the window most of the week. Even though I'd spent time building thumbnails and layouts, once I started really drawing, the storytelling kept feeling stilted. I changed angles, panel layouts, etc, but kept scrapping ideas all week. Fortunately, I am pretty pleased with the result. Also really enjoy drawing people's head's exploding, so you should comment and tell Scotto to write me more of that.

Interlude: Guest art by Robert Reeves

Artist: Robert Reeves
About the artist: "Reeves received a BA in Art with honors from the University of Northern Iowa in 1994 while pursuing interests in film, theater, and music.  He has been creating and exhibiting for over 20 years; public art, studio work, and commissions for private individuals as well as small and large businesses."

Chapter 2, page 1

Eddie here! I've stayed rather quiet over the release of the past chapter, simply because my life tends to be hectic as hell. In addition to drawing this comic, I have a job, and also write, direct, and perform in the local theater scene. I am usually out of the house working from 7am-11pm on the weekdays (and work weekends on the comic!). I enjoyed the first chapter because Scotto was constantly challenging me to tell the story with extremely limited text/dialogue support, and so the illustrative storytelling had to be extremely on-point. This is a thrilling thing to ask an artist, especially one who is just learning how to make comics for the first time! I'm excited about the coming chapter because Scotto has written IMHO some really great dialogue, and it means that I have to switch gears and try different storytelling techniques. Since we are publishing this as a webcomic and a personal project rather than one we are being paid for, one of my goals is to not be afraid to try new things, learn from past mistakes, and try to continually evolve as a storyteller. 

We are also starting to get a lot more responses from readers themselves, and I would like to take a moment to encourage you to keep responding. This project is for me and Scotto a huge labor of love and we want to know how folks feel about it! Now that the story is really picking up and we have a sizeable amount of material we can share, our next steps over the summer are to expand our audience base, and consider setting up a Patreon to help take some of the financial burden of creating this comic off of our shoulders. If you're enjoying the comic, help us out by commenting, joining our newsletter, or better yet, taking the time to share it with friends of yours! We imagine that we will be dedicating the next few years of our lives to telling this story (Scotto's hooked me by explaining the long-term story-arc, and it's *awesome*), and we hope that we'll have readers who get invested in our work and art for the long haul. 

xoxo - e