My favorite pages from the first four chapters – Places 11 to 25

Sometimes it’s tough to remember all the things that have happened over the course of a long running story comic such as Gaia. I took a look back and collected my favorite 25 pages from the first four chapters, The Red Hall, Shadowdancers, The Tower in the Sky and The Letter of Jael Bara. There were 272 pages in total in those four chapters, so this collection accounts for 9.19% of all published pages. This week, I’ll post the places 11 to 25. Next week, I’ll post my personal top 10 list. The following pages are listed in chronological order.

[Update: 1 Feb 2015]: The voting period during which the visitors of our website were able to vote for their favorite page has ended. I have added the voting result next to the title of each page.

The Red Hall #9 (#12, 4% of all votes)
Gaia: The Red Hall 009

“Don’t fight with words! Fight with potentially deadly weapons!” is one of my favorite lines in the whole comic. It’s only a single page, but it gives you a quite good outline of the rivalry between Ilias and Sandril as well as of Faye’s character.

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Character occurrence frequency 2011 to 2014

Here is a diagram that shows how often the main and supporting characters of Gaia appeared in each year. Note that there were only 28 pages in 2011. You can click on the image for a larger version.

Character occurrence frequency 2011 to 2014 in Gaia

Number of new pages per year:

  • 2011: 27 + 1 cover
  • 2012: 95 + 1 cover
  • 2013: 84 + 2 covers
  • 2014: 99 + 1 cover

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.