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Rinkelle on 22nd Mar 2016, 10:04 AM

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Awkward exchanges between characters!! I actually have a lot of conversations that go this direction at one point or another, so I really enjoyed getting to draw Canan wearing more or less the same expression I wear when I get pulled into a conversation I want no part in or know nothing about the topic.

Also I thought Canan taking notes on all the things Lex and Lilith were saying would be a cute lil break from the heavy stuff while still maintaining the basic situation.



ZeroGee on 22nd Mar 2016, 2:12 PM

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He's really playing a game! XD jk :3

Rinkelle on 22nd Mar 2016, 4:58 PM

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Someone's gotta beat the daily solitaire challenge! If not him, then who?????

Prayformercy on 23rd Mar 2016, 1:44 PM

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hes not taking notes, im pretty sure he raided my village in clash of clans. All mah gold ;_;

Allzephyr on 22nd Mar 2016, 3:40 PM

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Totally not passive-aggressively tweeting about this crazy stuff he's gotten involved in.

Rinkelle on 22nd Mar 2016, 5:00 PM

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"Omg these cray ppl r talkin bout crazy ass shit idk what to do send help #awkward" --@Canananan 19:37 Jan 15

alston123 on 23rd Mar 2016, 12:25 PM

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Awwwwww. I love her! :D:D:D:D

Rinkelle on 23rd Mar 2016, 12:46 PM

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Relatable, likeable mom-type characters, now available in Xenobiosis!!

I like her too, she's great I wish she could show up in the comic more than she does.

melaredblu on 25th Mar 2016, 11:07 PM

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Neeeeerd!

Rinkelle on 26th Mar 2016, 5:28 PM

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I bet he gets good grades and everything. Pfft.

BrokenBeat&Scarred on 26th Mar 2016, 11:04 AM

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Love Canan's expressions, really captures the slight annoyance at the interruption followed by the "I don't get your point" puzzlement.

He reacts better than I would, I totally lose it when my concentration is broken.

Rinkelle on 26th Mar 2016, 5:32 PM

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Yes, he's very thrown off by her sudden comment on his note-taking of a very heavy subject that seems life-changing and possibly not being made up on the spot.

Honestly tho I lose my train of thought too when my concentration is broken lol. Canan has better focus than I do.

Shadow99611 on 28th Mar 2016, 1:35 AM

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I'm kinda a nerd, and love worldbuilding stuff. I've seen holographic tech show up a number of times, but like, fairly modern cars being used. What's the level of technology on Arlovia? Is it like, more modern than our standards by a bit, or has it been augmented by the existence of magic? I'm kinda a space nerd, and one of your glossary entries mentioned aliens, so I was a little curious where Arlovia was technologically.

On the page itself, I like kinda the self-knowing nod you make when there's a lot of exposition that people are supposed to remember, like "Don't worry, even one of main characters isn't getting is all in one go." That sort of thing amuses me to no end. Great work so far!

Rinkelle on 28th Mar 2016, 7:10 PM

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The technology level on Arlovia, at least in most developed countries, was originally meant to be similar to ours here on Earth, but I decided it'd make things more fun to have it be a little more advanced (partially due to magic) than ours in the long run.

In the previous version of the comic, I included hovercars (kind of) and there was still the holographic projected screens and stuff.

Honestly though it's kind of a mixture? There's basic things you'd see walking down the street (cars, cell phones, mp3 players, LED screens, etc), but there's also some more advanced things (cell phones with holographic screens, magic-restricting accessories, devices to help non-merfolk breathe underwater [yes, these will show up in the future] and such) but there's also still a lot of old magic in the world that, sadly, fewer and fewer people know how to use (like the Moon Gates that allow inter-dimensional travel that were used up until like 600 years ago in-comic because reasons).

There's also the canonical fact that Arlovia, in it's distant past when it's own "brand" of humans were first developing civilizations of their own, was visited by actual Earthlings that lived ca. 3000 a.d. and kinda left their technology behind when they were kicked off the planet that the Arlovian humans studied and eventually adapted into their own technology.


Oh man this ended up being way longer than I intended, I'm so sorry I love worldbuilding so I'll just summarize: it's meant to look similar to our current technology levels, but is actually more advanced than that and is akin to what technology here on Earth is projected to be like in the next 50-100 years or so because it was very heavily influenced by actual Earth technology left on the planet thousands of years ago.

I hope that all made sense. My comic is actually a kind of hodge-podge of everything I think is cool and want to experiment with because I'm a huge dork and am really bad at restrainging myself when it comes to "I wanna do something like that with my comics" stuff.

(Also I'm super excited that you're referring to the planet by name and that you read the glossary!! That just warms my heart <3)

I'm also glad you like Canan's need to take notes on the exposition. I thought it made the character seem a little more human and relatable by being told all this heavy, fantasy, magic-y stuff but knowing dang well he won't remember all of it right away and writing it all down regardless of how he feels about it at that moment because he might care about all of it in the future.

Shadow99611 on 28th Mar 2016, 8:07 PM

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Worldbuilding is literally my favorite pastime for my comic, and I totally don't mind the long answer! I drink in that stuff and really paint a picture in my head. Although, now I totally head canon the Arlovian space program having an easier time getting into space (what with magic and all). Unless there's actually no space program, which the nerd inside of me would feel really dissappinted about x3.

That's interesting to see technologically, because a lot of times what gets interesting in these stories is the duality between magic, which is usually portrayed in a similar manner to feats of strength or skill, where you draw upon your innate strength to overcome obstacles, vs the technology, which is the direct application of logic and reality to find a solution methodically to any given problem.

Maybe I'm thinking too much... I should just enjoy the comic as it comes. Keep up the good work! I love stories with rich worlds behind them, so much to explore and connect! I confess to not memorizing the glossary a bit, but I figured I'd do my own research for a little before I asked a question. Keep up all the good work!

Rinkelle on 28th Mar 2016, 8:43 PM

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There is a space program, don't worry lol. There's also colonies on one of the moons, so of course there's some short distance space travel on a fairly regular basis.

I really like both magic and science, as two separate things and as one thing (if that makes sense). The way some things in the comic are planned out are very logical/exact for being technically considered "magic" (this will be explored more when the characters discuss Lilith's magical girl transformation).

Admittedly though the fact that magic and science are both present and fairly prominent in the comic really reflects my own approach to both things: I really love the fantastic and mystical and "there's no explanation for it" side of life and firmly believe that magic is real, but I also really love science (and want to pursue a career in a field of science) and learning how things work or how A Certain Thing got to the point it's at right now from where it started however-many-years ago. I think magic and science can and do coexist and I try to present that kind of relationship between the two in the comic: there's the distinctly magical part, the distinctly science part, and the part where both kind of meet in the middle and become their own thing.

Shadow99611 on 28th Mar 2016, 9:11 PM

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Yay for space! I'm totally in for that!

And I completely understand what you're getting at. And there are actually a lot more similarities between magic and how we approach science. More often than not we see magic as being taught in a school setting, cataloged in libraries, researched academically by acclaimed scholars (in fiction of course). This leads me to believe that in a setting which you place humans and magic, more often than not the logical side of our nature will seek to explain and explore, to define what is undefinable, which is really at the core of any scientific endeavor.

I think one of the first things I did before attempting my own web comic was to sit down and define how magic worked in an academic light, in terms that we understand gravity, and the mature of matter itself. We still can't define those things in reality, but we know enough about their properties to harness them.

I'm getting ahead of myself however, back on topic (mostly). My draw to magic has been it's ability to really push the boundaries of the imagination, whilst still setting rules that the characters must abide by and respect, which we're all intimately familiar with. It creates a reality in which fantastical things may happen, and yet is relate able, because like gravity or electricity, it is a fact of life that everyone obeys.

I can see what your talking about in your comic too, in how your portray the interaction between magic and technology, and I simply can't wait to see more, get more information, and just get an idea on your take on how things work.

Also, just as a pointless side note, what career in science are you looking at? (if it's too personal don't worry about telling me to stuff it! I'm just curious) And also, sorry for the text wall, I really shouldn't respond on my main computer, I get far too wordy.

Rinkelle on 28th Mar 2016, 9:13 PM

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Pointless side note acknowledged: I want to go into archaeology. It's something I've really been interested in for a number of years now (I'm a sucker for ancient history/civilizations/people/etc).

Also don't worry about the text wall, I've made some of those myself lol

Shadow99611 on 28th Mar 2016, 10:55 PM

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That sounds interesting! Outside of my area of expertise, but a worthy goal! I wish you luck with it! History can be tons of fun, it looked at right.

Rinkelle on 29th Mar 2016, 10:58 AM

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Thanks! But yeah, sometimes it's hard not to let personal opinions and feelings get in the way so you don't become biased towards any one thing.
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