#53 – “Down the Road”


With Raene Wolfrunner and all manner of sentinels abound, sneaking in exposition about Hani is alot easier than it is for Tiny who only has Te’len as a link to The Past(tm). One of the suggestions I’ve had waving about from the people I keep asking about how well the plot is coming together is to give some more space to Tiny, so here is.

For the record (just so we’re clear on it), the mysterious Her that Tiny and Te’len speak of isn’t anyone we’ve met yet. The point about the exchange isn’t her identity, not yet anyway; there’s other things it’s meant to point out instead, though for now you’ll have to work that one out yourselves. Character arcs can be longer than plot arcs here!

I really tried to push the fact that Hani’s eyes can now move in this page, letting her head hold a more natural angle and using the eyes rather than camera angle to declare where her focus is. This is pretty much where the effort spent to include it justifies itself.

Hani Foonmall has never looked so sly.


12 Responses to “#53 – “Down the Road””

  1. 1 Deih
    October 5, 2008 at 11:02

    oh Lordie, did I laugh at the “We have nothing in Common” “what about Darnassian then?” xD
    Brilliant as always, nice to finally get some background story on Tiny, even if it’s not a whole lot. THE PLOT THICKENS!

  2. 2 Moltrazahn
    October 5, 2008 at 11:06

    And Sly she looked indeed :P And yes, Great page! Lots of character development on Tinys behalf(her background story atleast), stubborn little brat she is. Im looking forward to hear who her mother is now :D (out of the sence that they might have alot in commen unlike Tiny says).

    Also i really -do- love the eyes of Hani aswell, youve made her look so much more “human” then the normal nightelf just by her eyes.

  3. 3 Yerdiss
    October 5, 2008 at 12:15

    Great work here. The facial expressions rock, not in the least due to the eyes. I do agree when you say the effort justifies itself. It does indeed!

    On a sidenote, the pages of conversation like this actually make the feeling of travel so much more enjoyable. For indeed, babbling about all kinds of things is one of the few things that’s often done while walking great distances. So aside from character exposition, you get a sense of reality to boot!

  4. 4 Nhani
    October 6, 2008 at 07:05

    It took a fair bit of trying around to get the eyes moving in a resonably satisfactory manner. It could likely be improved a fair bit really, but I’m not sure how to go about that yet. Seems worth figuring out though since the effect is visible enough!

    As for going from place to place, when I started scheming how Beyond the Tree should be before I even started working on it, I decided I didn’t want instantaneous travel. Sure, you don’t follow the duo every single step of the way, but if they’re going from say Darkshore to Tanaris, they woudln’t just instantly fly there in ten minutes – there’d be several pages for each region they have to travel through and I’d be trying to imply it took several days at least.

    One of my worries with it used to be whether or not I could invent enough content for the “travel pages” not to be downright boring. It’s safe to say that after all this time, I’m not that worried anymore ;)

  5. 5 Moonyme
    October 7, 2008 at 11:27

    Hey there! I just found your comic a few days ago and wow am I impressed. So far, the storyline has been tantalizing. Great “action”, clever jokes, some not-so-clever-but-equally-funny jokes, and the fantastic job you’re doing with the character models. It took me a few pages to realize that I’ve never seen my character do any of that. I thought it was clever photoshopping at first (I didn’t read the comments yet =P). Also saw the Sunrise piece. That was beautiful, both in an artistic and emotional perspective. I’m surprised at the pace you’re turning out pages. I was expecting them to be weekly, maybe biweekly. Sure enough, you’re churning them out ever 3 days or so. Just wanted say you’re doing a great job, and you can be sure I’ll be checking in! By the way, thinking you’re so clever and devious…Hani “Foonmall”? You’ve been caught! Can’t wait for the next page. =D

  6. 6 Alex
    October 7, 2008 at 23:17

    Just started reading, this is amazing, astonished by how well-made this is!
    Kudos, can’t wait for the next one :-)!

  7. 7 Raukangren
    October 9, 2008 at 23:04

    isn’t it called Taurahe? I mean language. And two more kudos for your jokes. :)

  8. 8 Nhani
    October 9, 2008 at 23:20

    That’s.. actually quite possible. It’s one or the other, though I’d need to free up a character slot and make a Tauren to find out. Or find the time to pass by Felwood, though I think the NPC there says it slightly off compared to what it looks like in the UI.

    Then again not sure, just seem to recall something or other about something like that. Anyhow, I just went with what seemed right at the time. If it’s incorrect then I’ll try to keep that in mind for the future!

  9. 9 Roberto
    January 7, 2010 at 22:07

    You could do without all the “Hmmm?”‘s and “Eh”‘s. It’s like when a person puts a bunch of “Um”‘s in their speech. The position of the head will let the reader know the curiosity level. Comics are all about the key frames. Key frames is the end result of all the tidbits in beteen. you can squeeze more in a frame by doing a full body shot in silouhette. That puts more emphasis on text.

  10. 10 griffindor
    March 31, 2011 at 03:53

    so what was te’len going to say? rei’s mother? oh boy that would be a shocker for them to bump into her

  11. August 4, 2013 at 08:20

    Great information. Lucky me I recently found your blog
    by chance (stumbleupon). I’ve book marked it for later!

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