One day, the Moon up and disappeared; where it went, or why, none can
say. Without the Moon's light to keep them in check at night, monsters,
crawling horrors, and other creatures of the dark run rampant throughout
the land. But Princess November has much more pressing matters to worry
about: she hasn't had a decent sleep in ages.
is the title of this comic?
"No Rest for the Wicked". Not "For the Wicked" --
that's just the website URL. And especially not "Wicked" --
that's a Broadway musical and a book by Gregory Mcguire.
you link to my comic/Can we exchange links?
I'd really rather you not ask me that. ^^;;; As
it is, my links page is rather long; and I like to write little blurbs
for each comic rather than just slapping the buttons up, which makes it
difficult to update the links page as frequently as I should. And even
then it only contains a small percentage of the comics I actually read;
there are comics I've read and enjoyed for years which are not listed.
So please don't be offended if I don't link to you. I link to comics I
like without expecting them to link me in return; conversely, I'm very
honored if you want to link to me, but please don't ask me to link to
you. I'm a complete wuss and hate having to tell anyone "no";
so it's probably better all around if you don't ask in the first place.
this thing about the moon being dead? Is that from an actual fairy tale?
Buried Moon is an English
fairy tale. It's probably not incredibly well known, but it's a favorite
of mine, and I thought it would be cool to base a story around. Fantasy
writer Charles de Lint has a short story called "The Moon is Drowning
While I Sleep", which is based on the same fairy tale. The title
of the comic's first chapter, "The Moon is Rolling in Her Grave",
is kind of a spoof of the title of de Lint's story. For a list of the
fairy tales referenced in the comic, go here.
that girl without hands? Is she from a fairy tale?
She's from one of the Grimms' stories, called (funnily enough), The
Girl Without Hands. As I've said before, if you're confused about
the source of any references you find in the comic, the extras
page has a bibliography list of fairy tales appearing in the comic,
DVD commentary notes on the first two chapters. There's also
the cast page, although it's not completely up
to date (I purposely don't include characters that were introduced in
a currently-running chapter). Hopefully, those should have enough information
to clue you in. If you're still left scratching your head over certain
references, either it's something that I made up, or it's part of some
big mystery where all will be revealed in time, or else I suck
at clarifying things. :P
what fairy tale characters are November's mother and sisters supposed
Here's one of those where I suck at clarifying things. I never intended
for them to be specific fairy tale characters so much as I intended them
to have easily recognizable fairy tale-related maladies. November was
allergic to peas, so I decided they would all be allergic to some kind
of fairy tale food. Apples, obviously, are from Snow White. Gingerbread
would be both the Gingerbread Man and the witch's house in Hansel and
Gretel (though in the story that house is never actually described as
made from gingerbread -- it just says that it's made of bread and the
windows are sugar). Now, the radishes... were a mistake on my part. I
distinctly remembered, as a child, reading some version of Rapunzel where
'rapunzel' was explained as the name of a type of radish. Only later did
I find out that a rapunzel is actually a rampion. >_< I'll probably
end up correcting that panel sometime in the future.
August, September, and November? They're missing October! Was there another
sister who died or went mysteriously missing or something?
Nothing as dramatic as that. September was born the year after August,
so their parents named her after the succeeding month. November was born
two years after September, so they skipped a month. Actually, that's just
the explanation I came up with when people started asking me about it;
the real explanation is that I had already picked November's name but
didn't feel like giving all three sisters -ber names, so I used August.
Only later did it occur to me that August was kind of a masculine name.
Hey, this putting different fictional characters together in one story
thing kinda reminds me of that comic, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Did you get the idea from there?
A: Short answer: yes! Long answer: sort of!
long will the story be?
As I said, I'm really terrible at planning these
things. But I'm thinking 11 or 12 chapters, not including interludes.
Perrault the cat named after Charles Perrault, the 17th century French
guy who wrote many fairy tales including Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood,
and the most well known version of Cinderella?
is he a some kind of cat-person, or is he a cat-cat?
A: He is a cat, who is able to talk and to
take on a somewhat person-ish appearance. But he is otherwise a cat in
do the characters keep mentioning something about November being the youngest?
I don't get it.
A number of people have asked me this, so I figure I'd better cover it
here, even though I think that this is one of those cases where explaining
the joke makes it no longer funny. :/ Anyway, in almost any fairy tale
you read in which more than one female sibling appears, it's the youngest
who is described as being the most beautiful, the kindest, etc. etc. among
her sisters. So in the fairy tale world of the comic, there's a widely-held
belief/assumption that youngest daughters are extremely good-looking.
That's why Perrault found it obvious that November was picked since she
was the youngest; and when asked what November looked like, the Boy mentioned
that she's a youngest.
can we do a link exchange?
A: Um, please try and read more carefully. I explained above why I can't
do link exchanges. If you email me and your site URL is mentioned I will
check it out; but please, please, PLEASE do not ask me for a link exchange.
I'm sorry to come on so strong, but a lot of people still ask me about
this even though I've written about it here in the FAQ and on the links
materials do you use to draw this stuff?
A: I draw with a mechanical pencil. Then
I ink with a combination of .01 and .005 Sakura micron pigma pens, and
a Zebra brush-tipped pen thingy that I got in Hong Kong, that is apparently
meant to be used for signing your name in Chinese characters. I draw the
panel borders with a .08 pen and the lettering/balloons with a .05 pen.
Grey shading is added in Photoshop. For the first 2 chapters I drew all
the pages on plain old run-of-the-mill 8x11 copy paper; but starting with
Chapter 3 I finally caved in and got some fancy-ish A5 manga paper.
a busy person. How am I supposed to keep track of when this thing updates?
There are various ways of keeping track of updates. If you subscribe to
the mailing list (by entering your email address into the little form
on the main page), you will receive an email every time a new page is
up. Once in a while I will use it to send special announcements about
the site, but I mostly only use it to announce new comic pages. We also
have an update
LiveJournal, which you can add
to your LJ friends page, or to your RSS
reader. This one mirrors the news posts on the main page, so all updates,
including fanart and website changes, will be included. You can also get
updates at webcomic update tracking sites like The
Webcomic List, OnlineComics.net,
Belfry Webcomics Index,
etc. Piperka in particular is very useful
for when you don't check webcomics very often and you need to remember
the last page you read.
it okay to send fanart for this comic?
Judging by our generously-stocked fanart section,
I'd say it's very okay. ^___^ (People actually ask me this. What
am I, some kind of fanart-hating misanthrope? Who doesn't love to get
do I send fanart to you?
Do nothing. Your place of residence is being monitored and you will be
contacted. At approximately 1:07 AM of the third day, you will receive
a telephone call giving you directions to an unlisted office in an abandoned
building. There will be nothing in the room except for a metal colander.
Place the colander on your head and concentrate as hard as you can, forming
an image of the fanart in your mind, an image which will be transmitted
through the astral ether and...
second thought, just e-mail it to me at daedalus at
icarusfalls.com. It's okay to send it as an attachment,
but be sure to put "fanart" or something similar in the subject
line, so it doesn't get deleted by accident. If you're on DeviantArt,
you could also send me a note (my username is andrael), though I don't
check DA every day. While you're at it, be sure to mention what name you'd
like to be credited by (some people have several screen names as well
as real names and I have a hard time guessing which I should use ^^;;
). And if you have a website, a DeviantArt gallery, a livejournal, a blog,
or anything else you'd like me to link under your name, please mention
that as well.
have posted links to their fanart on the shoutbox or forum; this is good
if you want other readers to check out and comment on your art. But if
you want me to actually post your work in the fan section on the site,
please email it to me or send a DevNote. This is just so I can keep track
of things and so I don't have to keep asking or guessing if the artist
wants me to post their art or not.
we trade links?
Um. If you were paying attention (and if you're still asking this, you
probably weren't), you might have noticed in my answer to the previous
question that people who send me fanworks of any kind will always get
a link in the fan section. So that, at least, is a surefire way to get
a link from me. ^^
didn't you reply to my email, you horrible person?
I'm sorry! I'm ridiculously slow when it comes to answering emails. I've
also known emails and replies to occasionally get lost in the murky bowels
of the internet. If you sent me a question or something that needed a
reply and I still haven't answered after a couple of weeks, feel free
to email me again. And if you sent me a fanwork and weeks pass and I've
updated the fan section and you still haven't heard anything from me,
something is definitely wrong because I always respond to fanwork stuff.
So either I never received your email or my reply to you was lost. At
any rate, please let me know if this happens.
you do link exchanges?
You're trying to make me cry, aren't you?