Okay, folks, so this is how it’s going to go down. There’s only nine pages – one scene – until the conclusion of the first part of Eryl (I’m not even sure how many ‘parts’ there will be total, but I’ll guesstimate about 5 or 6).
So that I can wrap this up nice and neatly and present the last scene without interruption, I’m going to draw the pages all at once. This means that there won’t be any pages posted for a few weeks while I work. I will, however, post some non-spoiler preview snippets like the above screenshot.
After this scene finishes updating, I’m going to take a long break from Eryl. I absolutely love drawing it, but I did choose the most time-intensive style of all my comics for the LONGEST of all my comics. This first book is only the introduction, and Eryl is only the first volume of a trilogy. I’d really like to make some serious progress on Ashes and Laiyu, plus two other manga-style comic ideas I’m sitting on. All these other projects are much shorter and in styles that I can draw much faster.
I will also be reduxing Eryl’s prologue and Chapter 1 during this hiatus. If the art and writing quality had made a gradual improvement during the course of the comic, I’d probably leave the beginning alone. But there was a three year gap between chapters 1 and 2, and my skills had made a much bigger leap than I thought they could. I find the transition much too jarring, and even if every reader I have or will have is okay with that, I am not, and it’s my project. 😀
But mostly I’ll be concentrating on Ashes. Ashes is my firstborn baby, and also my favourite. I have been not only neglecting it for years, but I’ve been skimping dangerously on the writing. I was trying to condense a story that needed more character and plot development than I was giving it. So I’m going to be slowing down the main-plot pace a bit in future chapters, giving more time for character interaction, world building, and sub-plots.
There is also Laiyu, which I’d planned to release last year, but what started as a kind of freeform experiment ended up exploding into a very involved, plot heavy story, and I’m still working on slotting all its parts together.