└ posted on Sunday, 1 February 2015, by Novil
Last week, I posted the places 11 to 25 from my personal top list of all pages published as part of the first four chapters of Gaia. Now it’s time for the top 10. The following pages are listed in chronological order.
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The Red Hall #18 (#2, 12% of all votes)
When the first pages of Gaia were published in November 2011, I made sure that this page was presented on the front page of our website. It took a few iterations until the 3rd panel with the fire-and-ice golem looked right, but it was well worth the effort in the end. For example, Powree’s first draft showed Ilias and Ryn stabbing into a crystal heart in the center of the golem’s body rather than swaying their swords through the converse element. The panel is also available as a wallpaper. These monsters may look a little too sophisticated for just an exam, but I wanted something to “wow” our new readers.
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└ posted on Saturday, 24 January 2015, by Novil
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)
“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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└ posted on Thursday, 1 January 2015, by Novil
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.
Number of new pages per year:
- 2011: 27 + 1 cover
- 2012: 95 + 1 cover
- 2013: 84 + 2 covers
- 2014: 99 + 1 cover
└ posted on Monday, 8 September 2014, by Novil
Here you can see how the covers for the last three chapters were created.
- 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.
- The second column shows the versions that Powree sent me after she had finished drawing.
- 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.
└ posted on Friday, 5 September 2014, by Novil
Click on the image to see the large version of it:
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.