Sketches of the main characters

To shorten the waiting time for the next page, which will be published on Friday, here are two early sketches of the main characters. I already posted a sketch of Viviana earlier.

Sketch of Ilias, Alissa and Lilith Sketch of Ryn and Sandril


I made a few minor changes to the dialog of the following five pages. I felt that it’s possible to make things clearer without harming the flow of the story.

  • Shadowdancers 51: Added a word bubble with “Delvor!” in it to the second last word bubble to make it clear that Viviana is angry about the newspaper’s first headline that is shown in the next panel.
  • The Tower in the Sky 2: Added “[…], sis.” to the boy’s word bubble in the last panel to make it clear that he’s Lilith’s brother.
  • The Tower in the Sky 15: Changed Lilith’s word bubbles in the first two panels to “Hmm, I can see the sky…” and “… But with loophole spells, you can never be sure.” to make it clear that Lilith cast a hole into the prison wall and that she’s not sure if it’s safe to use it.
  • The Tower in the Sky 23: Added “… or to dig around it.” to Viviana’s word bubble in the second last panel to make it clear that she’s showing Ilias their digging attempt in the last panel.
  • The Tower in the Sky 43: Added “The hole lasted for a whole minute, not bad.” to Lilith’s last word bubble to give some context to her next sentence.

Character occurrence frequency 2011 to 2013

Here is a diagram that shows how often the main and supporting characters of Gaia appeared 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 2013 in Gaia

Working on improvements for the last 5 pages

Some of our most observant readers have pointed out some minor issues in the last five published pages, for example the way Letho is holding the arrow in page 5 and 6. I have also found a few panels where the course of action could be made clearer with a few small alterations. Therefore we will publish an updated version of these pages over the course of the next days. Since our buffer of finished pages is large enough, this won’t have a negative impact on our update schedule on this website.

I find action scenes to be very hard to do right in comics. I just flipped through the very good Bone comic book by Jeff Smith and didn’t have to look long until I found one panel with a fighting move which is physically impossible (page 1156, panel 1) and one panel with a fighting move which is at least questionable (page 1169, panel 2).

Comic lettering guide

Some time ago, I wrote a lettering guide for Sandra and Woo and Gaia. It is a collection of various tips for better lettering and was meant for internal use, but I figured other cartoonists might also be interested in it. So here it is:

Comic lettering guide