A: Alexander Lymos gets stuff done.
B: I’m pretty proud of that background in Panel 1.
See you fine folks next week!
Hey it’s a comic! Only like 4 months late!
Since the last update, I:
Moved out of my apartment and put all my stuff in storage. (Also the movers lost my meds, which was an ordeal.)
Forgot how to draw! (This page took me forever compared to a usual one, and I’m super rusty at basically everything.)
Adopted a cat! (Who is awesome, but isn’t living in the new house yet.)
Broke my ankle! (Which I do not recommend.)
Before too long, my house will have a full studio/office, and I hope to be happy and healthy and productive and creative and all of that for years and years to come.
In the mean time, I’m shooting for regular updates of the comic. There is house stuff and ankle stuff to do though, so there may be occasional delays.
Anyway, hello again.
It’s a new page! +100 points if you already guessed who robbed Julius’s family.
In the original game Brigitte also planted fake evidence, blaming the robbery on our heroes. This was a fun complication at the table, but I decided that enough stuff happens in Paravo that I had to make some cuts.
Page 0194 next week, see you then!
Hey it’s a comic!
This officially makes April 2015 the most productive Clockworks month in years. 4 Patreon backed pages, 1 free page, and 1 chapter cover! I literally could not do this without the continued support of the awesome Patreon backers, so if you’d like to join them I highly encourage you to throw $1 or more at me a month.
I’d like to keep this momentum going, and get page 0193 up as early as possible next week. I have a pretty crazy weekend ahead of me (Avengers! D&D! A huge birthday party! A picnic party! Work!) so we’re looking at Tuesday at the earliest most likely.
See you soon.
Hey it’s a city!
Some random worldbuilding info that likely won’t show up directly in the comic:
The island nation of Paravo lies roughly 80 miles off of the west coast of the Great Republic. The island of Paravo is at this point entirely covered by the city of Paravo. Paravo is a nation founded by merchants and traders, and Paravian businesses can be found all over the world.
Paravo was originally an “Independent Satellite State” of the Clorencian Empire, settled by merchants from the Empire roughly 1,000 years ago.. The Paravians paid a healthy tax to the Empire every year in exchange for remaining largely autonomous. Following the New Dawn Revolution that saw the end of the Clorencian Empire and the rise of the Great Republic, Paravo was granted full independence in exchange for a one time payment to the Fledgeling Republic of one hundred million Marks. To this day, the Great Republic is Paravo’s largest trading partner. Paravo avoided attack during the Accordance War, remaining officially neutral but complying fully with all requests from the Great Republic. It’s widely believed that Paravo paid a hefty sum to the Great Republic to avoid invasion. Tensions between Paravo and the Great Republic are straining now though, as Paravo refuses to abide by trade sanctions against the Free Islands.
Paravo is an oligarchy. It’s governed by the Council of Seven, made up of representatives of the seven wealthiest families on the island. Every 10 years, the national census and audit ranks the business holding of each Paravian family. Members of the so called Sacred Seven families are extremely cutthroat in their business dealings, to hold their positions on the council. But still, the council’s make up has shifted radically over the centuries, as the fortunes of Paravo’s elite rise and fall.
Paravo has almost no natural resources of it’s own, instead importing everything it needs from around the world, and often processing raw goods and selling them elsewhere at a steep profit. It’s well known for it’s fine art and cuisine, as well as occasionally eccentric local customs.
See you next week, where we meet Julius’s family!
Will update this with a blog post shortly, lots to ramble about and link to, but this page is late enough.
EDIT: Bloggery update! Here are a whole bunch of random videos and stuff that I love that you should see.
1: This Dystopian Taco Bell commercial, which is like the most Shawn thing ever made. It’s like if the Free Islands put out a video trying to get people to leave the Great Republic. I love everything about this, including how horribly it perverts the very concept of teenage punk rock revolt so they can sell fast food breakfast.
2: Here’s a video of the Teletubbies in black and white set to Joy Division, it’s pretty glorious:
3: I bought Song of the Sea last week, and it’s easily the best looking animated film I’ve ever seen in my life. I 100% recommend everyone buying a copy, if you like things that are gorgeous and magical and amazing.
4: I’ve been playing Transistor lately, and really digging it. The soundtrack in particular is fantastic, although I’m not a huge fan of the game’s combat system.
That’s about it for now. See you fine folks soon.
Apologies for the rare weekend comic, I was hoping to get this done yesterday but ran into some health issues. Anyway, I’m pretty happy with how this came out.
Page 0185: “The Letter” will be up on Monday.
EDIT: After thinking aout how good the excellent comic Freelancer looks, I debated a bit and decided I want Clockworks to be a bit larger. So starting with Chapter 15 the comic is now 950×1267 instead of the old 750×1000. Apologies to those of you reading on older computers who now see less of the comic at once. Hopefully you’ll appreciate seeing a closer look at everything. This does mean there’s a lot of white space on all the pages pre-0181 now though. I’d like to go back and export larger versions of the old pages in the near future, but will have to see if I have the willpower to do that and not go back and noodle with all of the old artwork.
Today’s page took an interesting path to completion.
I’d originally scripted everything out for this chapter, and what we see now was actually (the first half of) page 0183. I decided a week or so ago that the page 0182 I’d written was unnecessary, and put it up on Patreon as a deleted scene with scribbly art as a bonus for the backers. (If you want to see it and don’t want to give me money, ask one of them nicely to share it, they’re all welcome to do so.) Then I realized that the action on the page that was 0183 and is now 0182 was too much for one page, and so I split it up into two pages. THEN I realized that I needed to add panel 1, or our heroes would be jerks who didn’t ungag Julius until after attempting to defuse the bomb.
Anyway, that’s the path from my brain and pen to your screen. We see the second half of Plan B next week. Hopefully it works better than Plan A did.