Chapter 5, pages 1-3 up

Click to read the new pages

So, a new chapter, and  a new site design… kind of. Actually only the main page and the About page have been touched at all; click on anything else and you’ll find yourself looking at the old site. Knowing me, if I wait until I get the site to be completely presentable before updating the comic, I’d probably just end up sitting on the new pages indefinitely. I apologize to the loyal forum posters; the forum is still down. I’ll work on that next. The Fanworks and Links sections will probably be a long time in coming. In the meantime, please check out this beautiful fanart sent in by L.S. Zwarenstein of Geist!

As I posted before on Tumblr and Deviantart, I’m doing things a little differently this chapter. In the past I would dive into producing pages with only a basic outline for the chapter. I’d do thumbnails and dialogue as I went along. For this chapter, I’ve thumbnailed the whole thing  in advance, which will hopefully make things easier/more efficient along the way. That’s the theory, anyway. Come back next week to see how well it works. :P

The composition in the first panel of page 1 is inspired by a well-known painting; see if you can recognize it. :D

  • Face

    OMFG. I am dying of happiness right now. I’m so happy you decided to resume the comic. This really is my favorite webcomic ever. Thank you so much :D

  • Hydrall

    You’re alive! Holy crap! Great to see this amazing comic is still kicking.

  • sissi

    Ha! I’ve waited endlessly for this. Hooray! And the painting is by Caspar David Friedrich. “Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer”.
    Please draw more soon!

  • Brad

    Oh, happy day! It was a quite pleasant surprise to see a message with the title “No Rest For The Wicked update” after so many months.

    Thank you! :D

  • Eden


    I’m so pleased to see you update – thank you so much for continuing!

  • Eva

    Yay! Hooray for new site and comic updates! You are teh awesomez!!! :D

  • Laur

    The layout looks quite lovely! Ahhhh, so good to see the gang again. :D Keep up the awesome work, Andrea!

  • Reeves

    Super excited for the new pages! Glad that you’re still working on this amazing story ^^


    WOOO New Chapter! Awesome, I wonder if his ring will work down there

  • LightningCrabz

    Recognized which painting you meant immediately. Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog is one of my favorites! :D

  • Jonathan

    Holy crap! You’re alive! YAY! I’ve missed this comic, was one of the most innovative and creative ones I read regularly. Glad to see you back! Hope everything’s alright. :)

  • Viridis

    Would that be the “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” by Caspar David Friedrich? :)

    I’m so happy you’re back! I was afraid I won’t see how the story ends. Already subscribed, can’t wait for next pages :D

    Take care!

  • Konrad

    Hooray! New pages!

    One problem: Firefox doesn’t recognize the feed from the main page. It does work when looking at updates like this one.

    And can someone with a paid LiveJournal account please syndicate this?

  • Laura
  • Trevor

    Wonderful! Glad to see you are continuing with the story. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  • Mysko

    Whoa that’s crazy, I saw “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” a few days ago in my art history class!
    Oh yeah, and a big “F@#* Yeah!” for chapter 5 finally arriving!

  • Jeckly

    I’m not sure I can express how good it is to see this story updated. I’ve re-read the story for the dozenth time– and still can’t get enough of it.

    Time to go doodle some fanart now.
    Thanks for updating!

  • E.R. Paskey

    *cheers!* You have no idea how happy I am to see an update!! I first stumbled across your fabulous comic in November 2010 and I am absolutely thrilled to see you’re continuing the story. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    On a side note, have you thought about self-publishing this? I would buy it.

    Thanks again!

  • Stella

    I’m so glad you’re back! I was so worried that the story had gone under! I can’t wait to see how things have changed in the new chapter!

    I just thought you’d like to know that I’ve used the characters of Red and November as inspiration for my own tales and stories over the years. I really can’t thank you enough! Welcome back!

  • Jeniva

    I am very glad to see some new pages. I’m looking forward to more.

  • Suppi

    What a lovely surprise to find an update in my Inbox this afternoon. I reread the whole thing from start to finish and I am just as enchanted with the story as I was the first time. Thank you for the update; I can’t wait to see more!

  • Phenoca

    Welcome back to the internet!

  • Sophie

    So glad to see this. <3 I've really missed the comic!

  • Cat

    The update of your comic was quite the pleasant surprise today!! I’m so glad you’re back! Thanks for coming back! You’re awesome! ^^ I love your art… You just keep getting better!

  • Chari

    WELCOME BACK!!!! ^__^

  • Line Noise

    very good to see you back!
    NR4TW is one of the best written web comic i know of.

  • Eleanor

    Ahh YAY!! Welcome back!!!! So glad, the new layout is amazing too!!!

  • Katharina Gerlach

    Hooray! You’re back. I’m so happy I could dance. This is still my favorite webcomic of all time. I’ll start updating the German pages as soon as I finish reading your update. I’m soooooo looking forward to regular posts again.

  • Tero


    I swear, I’m just going to sit here and hit F5 until the forum is up again!

  • Carrie

    I almost didn’t click the email because I was, like, what is this? It sounds familiar…Luckily I did click and was delighted to see it’s this comic! I loved this comic and I’m so glad to see you’re making more pages! Yay!

  • Telekinetik

    Greetings from Russia!

  • somebloke


  • Miriam

    *Dies of happiness* This was my very, very first webcomic. I’m so happy it’s back up and running again!

  • Tom

    Yes! It lives anew!
    You don’t know how much I looked forward to a continuation of this.
    High quality/original artwork/story, you don’t have many webcomics that score so high on all these points!

  • Kate

    Aaah, these new pages look great! I’m so excited for this chapter.

  • Riren

    Very nice work :) Glad to see you back.

  • WestWind

    I haven’t checked back here in at least 8 months. I randomly decided to check back today, and what do you know? An update! :)

    Glad to see you’re back!

  • Hiddentwilight

    I’ve been reading this comic for years, always popping back now and again to see if it’s been updated. Looks like I picked a good time to check. The website looks great – thanks for keeping the story going :)

  • Hiddentwilight

    Oh, as a side note (as I know you’re in the process of revamping your website), a number of the webcomics on your links page are complete or on indefinite hiatus (or the creator just went AWOL).

    The ones I happen to know are: 9th Elsewhere (AWOL), Directions of Destiny (hiatus/AWOL), Scary Go Round (complete – the current comic is “Bad Machinery”), Crowfeathers (incomplete), Penny & Aggie (complete)

  • Kayla

    Yays! I checked my e-mail this morning and saw a new update from this and I got so excited I started screaming! I’m glad this is back up and I’m excited to see where the story goes!

  • IcedLance

    Was very surprised to see this comic going alive again. Hope you’ll find some time to update it once in a while.

  • Nekorin

    Great to see you back, and the new pages hint at some exciting developments. ^_^

    I also like the title. Although it may be based more on the phrase, I really like the song ‘Better the Devil You Know’.

    Lastly, you have some very cultured followers, don’t you? So many didn’t think twice about bringing up that painting. I thought Perrault’s pose looked familiar, but when I looked up the painting I had never seen it after all…

  • Aurie


  • Lamia

    You’re back!! :D you have no idea how much i missed the comics and have been religiously checking the site for updates each month. Now dont ever go running off like that again and please do update more often *runs around room squealing in delight*

  • Rose

    Oh man! When I got the email to this I freaked out because I couldn’t read it yet. I gave up webcomics for Lent, haha. I’m using a loophole to read the update now. :3
    It’s really great to see an update, though! This was the first webcomic I ever read.

  • loukhos

    Wow, thank you for making such an awesome comic! It felt so nice to see an update for it. I think this is my favorite webcomic so far.. <3

    But, when I try to go to your website on my computer Avast keeps saying that there's a trojan on your pages and blocks me. D:

  • John

    So awesome to see this update. I adore your adaptation and melding of all these classic fairy tales, and I’m super happy to see it continue.

  • Michelle

    I’m another reader thrilled to see updates. This story inspired one of my major projects in school. We were supposed to retell a fairy tale, and I retold The Buried Moon, which I’d never even have heard of if it weren’t for this comic. (You can see it here if you’re interested, though it’s nothing special. XD I checked for updates long after the last pages were posted, and was just so excited to see its name again. I can’t wait to read what happens next.

  • Koz

    This is pretty much the only thing that’s made me smile in two months. So glad you’re back! This is easily my favorite fairy tale retelling ever. It’s utterly amazing.

  • Mehriheart

    I am so excited to see this comic up again. I usually go through and clear out comics that don’t update from my bookmarks, but this was one I could not. Now I am super glad I didn’t! Love the comic and love your art!

  • Joy&RaptorsUnrestrained!

    I’m so glad you’ve updated again, and the new site design looks wonderful! Thank you so much!

  • matt w

    Hooray and welcome back!

  • Xerxes

    I’m so very glad to see this comic resuming. It has such an interesting premise, and I was hoping to get more of it.

    Out of curiosity, what do your characters “sound” like to you? Do they have voices, and ways of talking? I’m trying to imagine what Red, November, Perrault, or Claire sound like.

  • Frank

    Wonderful to see the story continue! New front page looks AWESOME!!!!!
    I know you like to get everything just perfect, but I would recommend you focus on the story. Fan art and such is nice, but not really that necessary.
    Looking so forward to reading the rest of the story. Welcome back!

  • Frank

    Thanks Laura for the link to the original picture. I used to find out that this picture is Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich.

    Thanks for helping me learn more about art today. Maybe I should post to the reddit TIL section.

  • Jonathan(swe)

    I’m so glad your back, and ok!
    Your story mix has always bin amazing!

    Just add a vote button, and we will pull you up to the top web-comics!

  • Applehat

    HOORAY! Anyway that we can support the comic?

  • Ian K

    Holy carp, this is some high-level necromancy right here.

    NRFTW was one of the first webcomics (and thus first comics) I started reading years ago, and I’m very glad it’s back.

  • Gammon

    Yay! Well worth the wait and checking in every week!

  • Sarah

    THANK YOU!!! so glad that you came back to us!

  • Sohum

    Joy! Happiness and jubilation!

    The world is that little bit better now that you’re back… We may not live in the best of all possible worlds, but thank you for proving that it still can have beauty in it.

    I’ve had this smile on my face for … hours. Thank you, so so much.

  • Luna_et_Noctis

    So excited! This was the first web comic I ever read; so very happy you are well and are posting again <3