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Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p25 by tarorae
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p25
When the moon hits your eye...

Well, another page of boys making blushy faces. Hope you're not getting sick of all these feels yet. I promise you, this has a point, and it all plot-y and stuff.

At least in the meantime, you get...pretty face shots? Dunno...

I've been working a great deal lately, (3 jobs, weee) and it makes for pretty boring commentary. Sorry! See you next week for more smooshy love juju.
4p24 J by tarorae
4p24 J
Boy got a purdy mouth.

Aaaand Gun has come to terms with his sexuality. At least, in part. He's at least figured out what he's attracted to. The Why and What Now will come later... but at least he's acknowledged that he maaaay also like guys, if they fit his type.

Question is - can Blade fit into that type? This scene is one of the ones I've really been looking forward to doing, so I hope you all enjoy this exchange. Gun's verbal "style", if you can call his blunt word-dump stylish, is a lot of fun to write. And them soulful eyes, I do so love drawing them. :)

A shout out to all the possibly new readers I got to meet and hang out with at TsukinoCon last weekend. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and support! I hope to be hearing from you in these comments!

Thanks for reading!
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p23 by tarorae
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p23
Don't let sleeping dogs lie.

It was lovely to meet all of those new faces at TsukinoCon this past weekend! I hope you're enjoying reading Weaponry, and that you join our community. I'm proud and honoured to be part of such a supportive, clever and enthusiastic bunch! I'm getting this page done just in time to pack up my things in time for starting my new job tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Blade and Gun continue their ongoing and seemingly continuous discussion of whether or not Blade has any chance of getting into Gun's bed. As this is one of our recently confirmed official pairings, what do you think of them together?
Art dump by tarorae
Art dump
I've been doodling in between other things... Here are some of the better ones. It's mostly Ul-Zaorith related sketches, different characters from my novels and studies of the different races. Mostly, a lot of Temius in various situations...
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p22 by tarorae
Weaponry 4 - Dog Days - p22
The back-up dancers.

For those who don't know the minor cast, they are (in the 3rd panel) Crossbow, Rapier and Dagger; (in the 4th panel) Bardiche and Flights. Ooo, I sense a romantic scene approaching!
  • Mood: Awestruck
  • Listening to: Doctor Who Radio Play - 8th Doctor
  • Reading: The Merlin Conspiracy ~ Dianna Wynn Jones
  • Watching: Penny Dreadful
  • Playing: Transistor
  • Eating: red pepper, ham, cheese wrap
  • Drinking: quince juice
Hello Gentles and Froods,

Well, it has been a whirlwind few months. I don't think I've ever worked so hard or so ceaselessly in my entire life.

I now have 3 jobs (and an interview next week for a fourth) in the efforts to raise enough money to keep my house in the pending aftermath of my divorce. This means I'm still working full time at the warehouse, also doing cleaning services, and teaching workshops for the local community centres (on the topics of Cosplay, Writing Fiction and Making Comics).

Behind the scenes, and in between all of this, I have been struggling my way through the third print volume of Weaponry. I had a record number of errors, corrupted files, rejected proofs and typos. But I didn't want to just slap something together that wasn't quality, so I took the extra time and money to iron out all of the kinks, and I'm happy to report the order of books is en route and should arrive mid next week. In the meantime, I've been working on the incentives for everyone's contributions to the fundraiser. Some things are finished (such as the PDFs, the Shrapnel Medallions, the Art prints and bookmarks), and other things are far from (such as the wallpaper, the paper doll and the plushies). So rather than trying to wait until everything is finished, I'm going to start sending out the finished incentives piece meal. This means (hopefully) you'll be pleasantly surprised by a series of rewards over the coming months. Again, my heartfelt apologies that this is taking so much longer than previous fundraiser turnaround and the depths of all my gratitude at how AMAZING and supportive and patient everyone has been. I am so immensely grateful at what a wonderful community has grown up around this project and I hope I haven't alienated too many of you in all this waiting and drama. I know it will take some effort to draw people back into the swing of things, and even longer to attract new readers, but to those of you reading this - thank you so very much for sticking with me! I literally could not do this without you.

On that note - Chapter 4: Dog Days is now updating on all the usual haunts - here (where SFW pages allow), on Smackjeeves (having issues with resolution there, so pages are a little smaller than they used to be), and on the parent site:
Hey - notice that? the /OWC/ ending is gone again! Part of the funds from this fundraiser went towards moving the website to a hoster better capable of supporting the format. This means that I should be able to correct the navigation errors and archive problems that some of you brought to my attention and hopefully make it easier to modify and upkeep going forward. I'm working with the new techie to overhaul the crappier graphics and spruce up the site a little. The other things, like the forums and shop are still the same too.

And speaking of the shop, due to multiple requests, I'm going to start offering pdf packages of the chapters for purchase. These will be lumped packages of 3 chapter increments to make it worthwhile. They should be going up on the site later tonight.

In other news - Soulforge's radio play project Aether Beacon is getting its classy start at the end of this month at the Opulent Bazaar! Some of you may have seen the steampunk poster I did and posted here - this is the event in question. If you're in the Victoria area, I highly recommend you come out to the event. Tickets are going fast and your ticket price gets you into the venue where all manner of artisans will have their booths set up, and then beautiful and talented ladies will shimmy, titillate and strip for your enthralled amusement whilst you sample three types of Absinthe. What's not to like? To top it all off, myself and the handsome Adam Holroyd will be hosting the event in character as Professor Skylar Raynes and Master Locke Huxley for the Aether Beacon! Get this sneak peak at the show complete with costumes, props and music by Hetoreyn!

If you have any questions, like how you can enrol for one of my workshops, or where you can get tickets to the Opulent Bazaar, or what else have you been working on behind the scenes -- please feel free to ask!



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Astra Crompton
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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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DJWill Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Brithday, hun! :love::heart:

You not read my notes in the lastest months =(

I hope what got a nice day!
CrystalLoveEmpress Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday. 
MrWonderWorks Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday Astra!
BelRhaza4017 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
an early happy b-day wish to u, my dear lady
:party: :iconcakeplz:
RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Happy early birthday! :D (Big Grin) I brings muchHave your cake and eat it too in celebration!
tarorae Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
RichBernatovech Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Thanks for the watch!
tarorae Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
No problem! Love your work! <3
AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the favorite!:icongrin--plz::iconfav3dplz::hug:
tarorae Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for all the favourites! <3
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