The Third Age 004
 

The Third Age 004

  • Viviana: But you can give him a playmate, right?
  • Lilith: Sure… A female?
  • Viviana: Yes.
  • Viviana: They’re so cute!
  • Viviana: Lili, we gotta go!
  • Lilith: All right…
  • Lilith: After you!
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My favorite pages from the last three chapters – Places 1 to 10

Last week, I posted the places 11 to 20 from my personal top list of all pages from the previous three chapters. Now I want to post my top 10. The following pages are listed in chronological order.

You can vote for your personal favorite of these 10 pages with the voting widget in the right sidebar!


The Last Queen of Gaia #49

Gaia: The Last Queen of Gaia #49

This is my favorite panel in the whole comic! The pose is perfect, the facial expression is perfect, the camera angle is perfect, and the whole scene is awesome! Our reader jeffepp summarized Viviana’s speech as follows: “At the beginning of the speech, she had an 80% approval rating. By the end of the raid, it was 95%. Last panel: 99.44%.”


The Last Queen of Gaia #61

Gaia: The Last Queen of Gaia #61

Finally, a last short comedic moment before the dramatic last two chapters. I love how the three of them interact in this page.


The Last Queen of Gaia #71

Gaia: The Last Queen of Gaia #71

This is my favorite page from the firework scene at the end of The Last Queen of Gaia. I love the design of the birds in the last panel.


The Door #59

Gaia: The Door #59

Powree drew San’s sudden appearance in this page exactly like I envisioned it. Our readers were extremely skeptical of San’s intentions since her smile in the last panel is so hard to read.


The Bipartite Mind #7

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #7

I wasn’t sure if Powree would be able to draw the Spirit Source as I envisioned it without multiple revisions. But the very first version already looked better than I ever imaged it. Powree absolutely nailed the look of the Source!


The Bipartite Mind #12

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #12

Ryn’s fall through the Source in the fourth panel would have been a perfect cliffhanger at the end of the page. But that would have required adding unnecessary filler panels before it.


The Bipartite Mind #43 + #44

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #43 + #44

The only double page of Gaia. My script contained descriptions for two disjoint pages, but Powree successfully experimented with a double page layout. This made the simultaneity of Lilith’s actions much clearer.


The Bipartite Mind #49

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #49

The crystal cave looks absolutely gorgeous! Once again, I gave Lilith a colored word bubble to improve the color composition of the page.


The Bipartite Mind #50

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #50

Bhaal in the last panel is one of the best drawings of a single character in the entire comic. Of course our readers were very surprised by Bhaal’s “true form”.


The Bipartite Mind #53

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #53

The visual effect in the last panel blew me away when I first saw it. I asked Powree to draw the “prettiest green you’ve ever drawn”. And she delivered! Lilith’s Ultima spell was heavily inspired by Final Fantasy VII’s Ultima spell.


My favorite pages from the last three chapters – Places 11 to 20

I finally found some time to look back at the previous chapters – The Last Queen of Gaia, The Door, and The Bipartite Mind – and collect my 20 favorite pages from them. There were exactly 193 pages in the three chapters, so this collection covers around 10% of all published pages. This week, I’ll post the pages placed between 11 and 20. Next week, I’ll post my personal top 10. The following pages are listed in chronological order.

You can vote for your personal favorite of these 10 pages with the voting widget in the right sidebar!


The Last Queen of Gaia #39

Gaia: The Last Queen of Gaia #39

A diplomatic masterstroke by Viviana. Our reader All-Purpose Guru said it best: “San is a deer, and you can see the headlights reflected in its eyes.


The Door #3

Gaia: The Door #3

I love Lilith’s mysterious dialog, especially her “Everything is connected. Cause and effect are no longer chronologically linked.” in the third panel. I wrote the page after watching the series Dark. But time travel has always been one of my favorite subjects. There are so many excellent movies, series, and games about the topic! My top 5 are:

  • Back to the Future
  • Groundhog Day
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Steins;Gate
  • Dark

But there are so many more that are also great! Day of the Tentacle, Life Is Strange, Predestination, …


The Door #5

Gaia: The Door #5

I don’t remember ever having seen such a crass rejection when a character insists in coming along with the heroes in other media. It certainly came as as a surprise to many readers. The poses and facial expressions of Malva and Lilith in the first panel are drawn marvelously.


The Door #19

Gaia: The Door #19

I don’t think the 90° switch in the second panel could have been done any better. The poses of the characters are perfectly lifelike. I’m also very fond of the color composition of the page.


The Door #21

Gaia: The Door #21

I really like the composition of the first panel. The objects in the foreground perfectly frame the action.


The Door #40

Gaia: The Door #40

Lilith’s breakdown looks extremely realistic. I also love the visual effect added to Lilith’s “AAAARGH” bubble.


The Bipartite Mind #34

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #34

It took a while until Powree got all components of the tower right, but in the end we succeeded in showing the entire explanation in a single page. I also like how the colored text boxes turned out. All text boxes in Gaia with such special colors were created by me based on the standard boxes delivered by Powree. There’s always a lot of trial and error involved in this. You have to try out all blending modes that Photoshop offers and use the one that works best. But that’s often not enough! In many cases, you then have to create a copy of the text box at the same place and give it another blending mode.


The Bipartite Mind #41

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #41

My initial idea for this page was that Lilith is lying horizontally between the bottom of the Tower and the surface of the Void. However, she would have to be so small compared to the two massive structures in this case that it would have been very hard to draw this setup in a satisfying manner.


The Bipartite Mind #48

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #48

The protection shields look amazing! The lava lake also is nicely colored. I gave Lilith a colored word bubble since a white bubble would have impaired the color compostion.


The Bipartite Mind #52

Gaia: The Bipartite Mind #52

I’m very proud of Lilith’s concise dialog in this scene. I came back to it several times, further improving the wording with each iteration. I also spent quite some time to improve the blending of the hexagon shield around Bhaal.


Answers to your questions, part 2

On the following page you can find my answers to all the remaining questions in the comment section of The Bipartite Mind #56.


Answers to your questions, part 1

On the following page you can find my answers to all the questions in the first 50 comments of The Bipartite Mind #56.


Amazing success of our Kickstarter campaign!

Our Kickstarter campaign for the Gaia anthology has surpassed 50,000€ today! It’s currently the most popular comics-related campaign on all of Kickstarter: [1], [2]!

To celebrate the success, I plan to further increase the quality of The Complete Gaia hardcovers by chosing the following printing options: a round spine, an endband, and a bookmark. See the following news post on Kickstarter for details.