The saga concludes, for now

Greetings,

We've reached the end of the road for STORM AND DESIRE as a webcomic. Our complicated lives have led us elsewhere, and we will no longer be posting updates. We spent the better part of two years on this project, and do not walk away lightly. We say goodbye to the comic with great fondness and sadness, and Eddie and I are still scheming to work together again in the near future. Thanks for the encouragement along the way!

I did, however, generate a huge amount of story in preparation for this comic, and I don't intend to let that story dissipate. I will be adapting STORM AND DESIRE into a novella, and if you would like to be notified when the novella is available, go here and let me know. Just like my last novella, I will make this one available as a free ebook for every platform except Amazon, which forces me to charge $0.99. The secret history of the multiverse will soon be revealed, I swear it!

Okay then.
-Scotto

Scotto Moore and first started brainstorming Storm and Desire in July of 2014, and it's been an extremely exciting two years. We have spent countless hours together figuring out the story and characters. Ultimately, like most artistic projects that you absolutely love and cherish but cannot continue with, this is a matter of time. There simply aren't enough hours in our lives for us to give this project what it deserves. On the flipside, Scotto and I are already collaborating on a new project, one that aligns with our artistic ambitions in an extremely exciting way. The best thing we learned from this process was how much we loved working together, and that ain't going nowhere.

Thanks for reading! Thanks for the major encouragement. We cannot even being to tell you how much all the support has meant to us.

xx
eddie

 

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STARGAZER'S GATE - Atrina Vilanar discovers an alien civilization on the other side of a strange gate! Alien to Atrina, at least. People on the other side seem to recognize her. Back home, Leawyn still believes Atrina is alive, and will do anything to find her.

Chapter 5, page 1

Hey folks, Eddie here! Thanks for your patience with the short delay in updating. I came off directing a huge project (which we received 5 star reviews for! woo!), and that compounded with a terrible bout of crippling bronchitis and some intense personal stuff meant I was down for about two weeks. We appreciate your understanding. I work multiple jobs, and sometimes struggle to find the hours I need to put into this comic and, you know, feed myself and sleep. I feel pretty recuperated, and the script for next chapter is my favorite that Scotto has written so far, and we get to come back to Trick Start, who I love to draw!  

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THE SUNDOWN BOYS - Nineteen-year-old Adrienne, heir apparent to the expansive DeSaule Organization, finds herself targeted by her adoptive father’s only biological child, Edmund DeSaule. No longer safe in the only home she has, Adrienne flees the DeSaule Space Station in search of help. Brothers Leon, Robert, and Geoffrey Heron are the only people in the galaxy that Adrienne knows she can trust. Unbeknownst to them, Adrienne is hurling through space in their direction, and she’s about to ask them for one hell of a favor.

SUNSET GRILL - The year is 2426. Earth is a patchwork quilt of restive, squabbling Domains, loosely joined under the mantle of the Empire, whose primary goal is to present a united front to the dozens of technologically advanced, land-hungry, and not particularly moral alien races. The Empire controls the Sol weftgate, humanity's connection to the galaxy at large: through it goes a steady stream of cheap labor, gone to build, clean, or kill for the wealthier races, and through it comes the money and alien technology that fuels much of Earth's economy.

None of which matters particularly to the patrons of the Sunset Grill, a bar on the shady side of town in the run-down and corrupt city of Kieselburg. They're too busy staying alive. Because no matter what the year, there will always be those on the fringes struggling to survive. And no matter how distant, how strange, or how advanced the place, there will always be someone to ask that all-important question: "Hey, where do I go in this dump to get a decent beer?"

Interlude: Guest art by Peggy Nelson

Our chapter break is upon us! This pinup of Anjette is brought to you by Peggy Nelson, whose many various artistic endeavors across multiple media can be found here - and don't miss her on Twitter!

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6-Commando: When Major Sarah Bronniford is captured while on a tense Cold War mission, her comrades send their robotic tank Mike to rescue her. But Mike carries out his mission too well, and accidentally turns a crisis into an all-out atomic war. When a heavily-damaged Mike returns from his mission with Sarah wounded but alive, they both begin to exhibit strange and unpredictable behavior – and some dangerous new opinions about their mission.

The Demon Archives: 100 years after WW3, Minerva is a lone beacon of civilization in the chaos of central Asia. Their technological superiority has guaranteed peace for their citizens and power in the area. But when that superiority is suddenly challenged, everything starts to fall apart.

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End of chapter four!

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CastOff: After getting kidnapped and dragged halfway across the world, scaredy-cat Vector finds himself a long, long way from home. Now, with the help of a short tempered bounty hunter, a happy-go-lucky cartographer, and many more unlikely friends, he has to try and make it home in one piece.

Sons of the Forgotten: epic, gorgeous fantasy

Soul's Journey: A prince finds himself trapped in a wolf's body after running away from home. While his country is at the verge of war with two neighboring states, Anrak has to figure out the nature of his current condition and find a way to reverse it, so he can regain his actual body and prevent a conflict he so carelessly set in motion.

LaSalle's Legacy: Jonathan LaSalle admired his deceased father and became captain of a merchant ship to be just like him. Then his half-brother Jared comes into his life, telling him of a zombie pirate who very much would like to see both of them dead thanks to their father's actions. Jonathan and Jared need to overcome their mutual dislike of each other and work together to defeat the zombie pirate.

Chapter 4, page 5

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“For six months of darkness at the top of the world, Haelu lives amongst the villagers of Arbalest. Like every Night Twin before her, Haelu is a monster, destined for sacrifice. Unlike every Night Twin before her, Haelu dreams of a way out. Together with a candlemaker from a broken home, she will learn to transcend the role that Arbalest has laid out for her.”

“In 2004, the world ended. Technology failed, disease reigned, and humanity fell--all except for a City in a Place. There, in a hidden civilization of scientists, doctors, and engineers, life as we know it continued...and everyone else wants what they have. The City will stand or fall based on the choices of a wandering survivor as she uncovers a history with the City she never knew she had. Join Colbey as she searches for her lost fiance and finds more than she ever bargained for. Rated R for violence and profanity.”

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“Three siblings flee the deadly conspiracy that claimed their mother's life, only to stumble into the schemes of gods instead. An irresponsible prince, his dream-weaving sister, and their adopted brother are given a mission by a voiceless goddess of dreams that will force them to choose between their family and future. A nation of conquered peoples and gods is on the brink of civil war. As their world crumbles around them, the children of the current ruler are given a quest by the goddess of dreams that may birth a better future, but cause their own family's destruction.”

“When Syrma discovers that she is the victim of a curse that will end her life, she intends to change her fate. For her there is only one possible solution: defeat the goddess who sentenced her along with all her family. And time is running out. But she won’t be alone. Along with the dragon Menkar, her bodyguard, an also cursed sidhe witch and a banished treacherous god, she will seek the way to survive and change her fate.”

Chapter 4, page 2

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“Sombulus is a humorous fantasy adventure in the spirit of Discworld and style of a shounen manga. A zealous paladin, brilliant energy harvester, and curious spiky haired tinkerer set off on fantastic adventures through the strange, surreal, magical and mystery-riddled Myriad Worlds of Sombulus, leaving each place a little more weird than the last.”

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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.

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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! 

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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.