Breaking All Barriers 005
 

Breaking All Barriers 005

  • Milo Torval: In an hour, we’ll have a big barbecue in your honor. I hope you’re hungry.
  • Ryn: Like a dragon!
  • Sandril: How can you always eat so much and still stay so thin?
  • Ryn: I’m Gaia’s little favorite!
  • Milo Torval: And here’s your room, Ryn.
  • Milo Torval: But you can also sleep in Ilias’ room.
  • Ilias: No, better not. Ryn always snores.
  • Ryn: You’re such a good friend, Ilias.
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Chapter covers – From sketch to finished version

Here you can see how the covers for the last three chapters were created.

  1. The first column shows the drafts that Powree sent me to request further feedback. The tower was drawn after several initial sketches to determine its final design. The other two images are the very first sketches of each cover. The missing “l” in “Jael Bara” is a typo.
  2. The second column shows the versions that Powree sent me after she had finished drawing.
  3. The third column shows the final version of each cover. As you can see I’ve changed the look of each page quite a bit by adding or changing visual effects.

The Tower in the Sky Cover – Draft

The Tower in the Sky Cover – Preliminary version

The Tower in the Sky Cover – Finished version

The Letter of Jael Bara – Draft

The Letter of Jael Bara – Preliminary version

The Letter of Jael Bara – Finished version

Breaking All Barriers – Draft

Breaking All Barriers – Preliminary version

Breaking All Barriers – Finished version

Old chapter covers

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Old chapter covers

This image was originally posted as filler art but I removed it from the comic archive after a week so that the flow of the story isn’t harmed by it.


Evolution of a Gaia page

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Evolution of a Gaia page

This image was originally posted as filler art but I removed it from the comic archive after a week so that the flow of the story isn’t harmed by it.


Poll results

From 1 May 2014 to 29 August 2014, the following nine polls ran on Gaia. All of them got over two 1,500 votes and it’s time to present the results.

Poll from 1 May 2014:

Poll Nr. 7

The numbers are almost exactly the same as in the same poll running on Sandra and Woo. I find this surprising since the comics are very different from each other and the comments on Gaia are often more focused on the overall plot instead of the specific update.

Poll from 1 May 2014:

Poll Nr. 8

Almost nobody used the bookmark buttons so I removed them some time ago.

Poll from 1 May 2014:

Poll Nr. 9

Compared to the same poll running on Sandra and Woo, there are a little less hardcore webcomic fans among the Gaia readers. Over 50% of our readers read between 4 and 12 webcomics which I would describe as the “average” range.

Poll from 1 May 2014:

Poll Nr. 10

Compared to the same poll running on Sandra and Woo, the readers of Gaia are significantly older. However, the Sandra and Woo poll ran from 19 August 2011 to 21 December 2011, so the average age of the Sandra and Woo readers might also have increased in the meantime. I am still older than over 80% of our readers, though.

Poll from 1 May 2014:

Poll Nr. 11

Compared to the same poll running on Sandra and Woo, there are 8% more readers with a bachelor degree and 5% more with a masters degree. Of course, this goes hand in hand with the increased average age of our readership. I find it remarkable that 4% of our readers have a PhD or are even professors. We really have some highly educated folk among our readers ;).

Poll from 1 May 2014:

Poll Nr. 12

Compared to the same poll running on Sandra and Woo, Gaia has 7% fewer women reading it. I find this quite surprising since fantasy is usually a popular genre among women and Gaia has three major female characters. I wonder why not more women are reading it…

Poll from 1 May 2014:

Poll Nr. 13

This is a quite even distribution. But (relatively) new readers are currently the majority.

Poll from 1 May 2014:

Poll Nr. 14

Compared to the same poll running on Sandra and Woo, Gaia has a little fewer people calling it one of their absolute favorite comics. However, the numbers are still great, even when one considers that casual readers may not have participated in the poll.

Poll from 10 August 2014:

Poll Nr. 15

Lilith and Viviana have made their way into the hearts of our readers. Good, good. ;) Apparently, there is also a significant number of straight girls who’d marry one of them. (Remember that 27% of our readers are female.)


Top 20 wizards of Gaia

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Top 20 wizards of Gaia

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

This image was originally posted as filler art but I removed it from the comic archive after a week so that the flow of the story isn’t harmed by it.