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Gun Goes to Canada by tarorae
Gun Goes to Canada
Hello, folks!

The author of this comic (Astra) is prepping for a vacation to the Capitol. She leaves on the 29th. She had been hoping to have this week's page done and posted, but with a lot of late hour, last minute notice shifts being thrown her way (dat cash flow, tho), it was either get some sleep to prevent illness, or a half-assed page.

So, it was decided that the weekly comic pages would be resumed after Astra's return to the island so that a) she doesn't get sick, and b) so you don't get a half-assed page!

So, this week, you get some filler! May I present to you a chibi Gun by yours truly ( the roommate; aka Ember ), featuring ... welp. A really bad Canadian flag.

I'll be posting something else to fill the void next weekend, as Astra doesn't return until the 4th, so the next time you get a full page will be ... maybe the 10th? At the latest the 11th ( as it's Pride here for us on the 10th of July, and frankly, with the tragedies in Orlando we feel we really ought to raise hell--figuratively speaking--over our pride this year and make sure to march in the parade ).


You can either tune in again July 10th/11th, or you can tune in NEXT WEEK for another episode of Ember's Corner (with me as your host).

To make this a bit more interesting, if anyone is out there, ya'll can pick what character gets drawn as filler for next week! Just say who you'd like to see in the comments, and if nobody comments I'll just do whatevs and see how the roomie reacts to my ridiculous shenanigans when she returns.


As, honestly, I have rambled enough.
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 9 by tarorae
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 9
Sorry for the late page! It has been a hectic few weeks. I'm going to be away the weekend of the 30th but I'm going to try to get the page done for you before then. My partner in crime has offered to post it for me while I'm away. If I don't get it done (my schedule is super hectic), I'll leave a post to let you all know.

Thanks for all your support!
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 8 by tarorae
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 8
Under the Siren's thrall...

I've run out of back-drawn pages, so now I'm doing it in real time again. I'm going to try to work ahead again so these can be posted in a timelier fashion, but at least for readers in PST, I'm sneaking this update in under the wire!

And now for a fun conversation between Siren and Gun... Let's start things off at the heart of the matter, shall we?
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 7 by tarorae
Weaponry - Pieces of Eight 7
Hello! This week's page comes to you from the land of a functioning computer! I bit the bullet and had my poor sick computer repaired, and part of that repair included a new monitor.

I am sooo sorry for how overblown and hyper-saturated my art was getting, guys! I really couldn't tell on my old screen! So if you notice some colour shifts in the pages to come (including this one) it's in the effort of trying to make sure my reader's eyes cease bleeding. (Even though this means I changed some minor colour choices of minor characters--consistency be damned!).

I won't be able to go back and fix the old art because I just don't have the bandwidth, but I can at least try to do better going forward.

Thanks for sticking with me!
5p6 J by tarorae
5p6 J
And so Gun ventures among the Sea Witches for a bit of recreation. For a man who is used to hiring prostitutes, this will be an interesting experience. He's brought his gold and dressed in his best jacket, but their prices may not be so clearly cut...

I think I might do a mock up "cover portrait" for Siren, but it won't be an official chapter cover. Would you guys want to see her in a tasteful nude?
  • Listening to: Legend of the Quill Prelude
  • Reading: Legend of the Quill ~ Astra Crompton
  • Watching: Red Dwarf
  • Playing: Zodiac (on Gaia Online)
  • Eating: Stuffed Pablano Pepper
  • Drinking: Cherry Blossom Tea
Hello, hello, hello!

After a mad-cap pace and gruelling schedule, which may have permanently bloodshot my eyes I am happy to report:

Legend of the Quill is ready for print!

For those of you who read First Born, this is the next book in the Ul-Zaorith world, and the start of an epic high fantasy trilogy!

The book clocks in at just over 440 pages, and is illustrated by yours truly. It will be released at this time only in soft cover. The selling price is only $25 and you can pre-order your copy here:…

If you're outside of the Victoria area and would still like to order a copy, please send me a message and I can get a shipping estimate for you. I will be basing my initial order numbers off of the Pre-Order interest, so if you want one, now is the time to get in on this great deal! I'll be signing and doing a sketch in each copy for the Pre-Order, and you'll get a limited edition bookmark to go along with it, so please do order a copy!

For those who aren't familiar with Quill:
This is an epic high fantasy, in the tradition of saga stories. If you like books like The Malazan Book of the Fallen, or Lord of the Rings, or The Eternal Champion, you will probably like my book. It does contain some scenes that may be too graphic for young or sensitive readers. Buckle in for magic, sword fights, ancient prophecies and mischievous Demons -- all set in a unique and fresh setting with new races and cultures for you to explore. I've spent 15 years building this world, with history, languages, maps, flora, fauna, gods and magics, so I truly hope you'll take a chance on me and read The Prophet's Tale, Book One: Legend of the Quill.


Astra Crompton
Artist | Professional | Varied
Astra was born and raised in Victoria, Canada. An only child, she found ways of entertaining herself through self-taught drawing, singing, sewing, painting, writing and creating worlds for her numerous stories. The majority of Astra's art features her original fantasy characters, from Steampunk to sci-fi to high medieval fantasy genres. She is a published author for her Ul-Zaorith novels, runs multiple web comic projects, and hopes to someday put out the related table-top role-playing game Ul-Zaorith: Otherworlds for which she is already working on illustrations and writing. She also freelances for children's books illustrations, book cover design, tattoo design, game design, clothing modification and creation, and character illustration.

Current Residence: Canada/Ul-Zaorith
Favourite genre of music: alternative, contemporary, classic rock, classical, etc.
Favourite style of art: strong line-art, soft colour, dynamic manga,
Operating System: PC
MP3 player of choice: Winamp: tried, tested and true.
Favourite cartoon character: Zuko & Iroh, Jessica Rabbit, Nightwing, Wiccan & Hulkling,
Personal Quote: What is to give light must first endure burning.

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lauren-bennett Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh how was I not watching you here ;_; what the heck @ self!!
Naakichia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
I start a 124 Watcher Contest and i would like to ask if you are interested to join
Your art was realy good
PS: There are lots of prizes to win:)…
MrWonderWorks Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Beeday Astra!
tarorae Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
Futumbo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! Party
tarorae Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
ChiiwiFruit Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!
tarorae Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you, honey!
Akkla Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Happy Birthday Taro~ May this day be snazztastic and the following year be full of good times to come!
tarorae Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you ever so much!
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