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Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 29-30

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

The end of Act 2 is coming next week. Normally the deciding blow of a battle should get more space than it did, but expanding Parsee’s speech earlier in the act made it necessary to cut a page from the battle. I decided to save time and stay within the “16 pages per act” page limit rather than go over. Besides, the important revelation (that needs the space more) comes after the battle, not during it.

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Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 27-28

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Shizuha by Kiku Hitomoji

When was the last time you saw Shizuha’s true power?

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Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 25-26

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

In a bit of a rush this weekend so I cut some corners. Sorry!

Anyway, here’s the start of the fight.

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Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 23-24

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

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Unlike Fairy Ring, I promise an actual fight this time.

Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 21-22

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

In the same way that Kanako was known as “Yasakatome-no-mikoto” before moving to Gensokyo, Minoriko was known as “Princess Inada”, and Shizuha was known as “Princess Tatsuta”.

Princess Tatsuta gracefully flies from tree to tree and whispers to trees “Time has come. Change colors.” Her long scarf is flowing and touching to them one by one. Being waked up with her gentle whispers, the trees start to turn myriad colors – crimson, scarlet, red, orange, gold, yellow and more, astonishing variety of hues.

Nara Storyteller

Princess Tatsuta from umefan

There is even a fall delicacy known as “Robe of Princess Tatsuta”. If you live in Seattle, you might want to visit Tokara during their October open house to try it out.

Shizuha by Botamochi
Robe of Princess Tatsuta candy by Chika Tokara

In the Autumn Children story, I had originally planned for Shizuha’s bad feelings to come from the fact that she had lost all the power and prestige she held as Princess Tatsuta when she was still in the outside world. However, that led to an inconsistency.

If Shizuha had known what it was like to be powerful and popular, she would know how to fix her current situation. So the Autumn Children version of Shizuha is just a goddess native to Gensokyo, who doesn’t yet know that she doesn’t have to be limited by her relatively minor responsibilities as a goddess.

Anyway, pages:

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This is essentially an expanded version of Parsee’s long speech that was on the short-lived original version of Page 20. Instead of Parsee just talking at Shizuha without interruption (which was getting into Magical Index levels of obnoxiousness, as well as being unrealistic), this new dialog involves contributions from the other characters. It ends up dragging less despite being twice as long. Funny how that works.

Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 19-20

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

“Sith Parsee” is from Paruri Tabi by Futatsuki Hisame. I put the Danbooru translation in the bubbles.

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Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 17-18

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Act 2 begins!

See if you can guess the identity of this mysterious demon.

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Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 15-16

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

I know I said this book would be 50 pages long, but I’m having second thoughts because the conclusion needs more fleshing out. It should still be no more than 64 pages when this is done. If I find myself going over 64, I’ll forcefully cut scenes, sacrificing for the sake of finishing.

I’ve hit my stride and hopefully should be able to keep up the rate of two pages a week, without having to compromise quality like I did with Fairy Ring. With this comes the end of Act 1 (of 4 16-page acts, hopefully some will be shorter). My worst case finish will be Sunday, March 17, 2013, which happens to be St. Patrick’s Day.

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I was proud of my work on Page 15 – which has extra detail thanks to the Labor Day holiday – until I realized that it was not clear enough which bubbles were referring to which characters. Toho fans will be fine because they know who’s who, but other readers will be confused. Unfortunately, it’s too late to change.

Shizuha so far has been presented as somewhat pathetic and pitiable, like one of the forgotten beach house gods in Kamichu. While this is on purpose, I understand that it can get depressing, and it requires a little suspension of disbelief to imagine that a goddess with Shizuha’s visibility would not have a following. (The best explanation would be that she doesn’t contribute to human survival, so there’s no need to ask for her blessing.) But rest assured that it gets better, that this story is about Shizuha becoming less pathetic.

Next update: September 17. Act 2 introduces two more Toho favorites into Shizuha and Lunasa’s story – one with short blonde hair (again, sorry) and another with animal ears.

Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 12-14

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Unlike with Fairy Ring and Cirno x Suwako, I didn’t waste time looking for existing Lunasa x Shizuha doujinshi because of the randomness of the pairing. But you know, I wouldn’t be surprised if such books were out there. There is Toho of everything, after all.

And as some people have mentioned, Lunasa and Shizuha look like each other. They look more like sisters of each other than they look like sisters of their actual sisters…

Illustration: Romi.

I have an odd problem with drawing sound effects (“Pow!” “Whirr…” “Ring ring” “Stomp” “KABOOM!” and so on). I can never get them to look right, and thus you almost never see them in my comics. But I think I did a mostly decent job with the musical notes.

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Next update: September 10.

If I can do two pages a week from here on out, I should have all 50 pages of the script rendered out before the end of the year.

Autumn Children (Take 1) – Pages 10-11

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Unfortunately, only two pages this time. The pages are higher in detail than anything from Fairy Ring and tend to have more characters per page (compare this, for example) so I expect them to take longer, but one page a week is too slow. I’ll try to do better next time.

I’ve heard a theory that Lunasa was named after the Japanese rock band Luna Sea, but I think my theory is better. The band Lunasa is named after an Irish harvest festival, making Irish Lunasa also an “autumn child”.

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Next update: September 03.