Hey /co/, a buddy and I put out a comic back in the start of May 2015 and we've gotten pretty deep in it so I figured I'd storytime it here. It's an urban fantasy story about three small time practitioners in Quincy, Massachusetts who have to deal with the re-emergence of some unsavory elements.
The power level is very street-level, and the art picks up after the first two "issues" which we had made prior to May. Writing got better too. We're nearing the end of the first big story arc in general, and should be on to the second by May of 2016.
If you want to read at a non-sluggish pace we're at thesisters-comic.com. This is the writer posting. Can field pretty much any questions. We're also doing a sketchbook that we'll probably put out at the end of the first arc, should anyone give a crap or have a request.
16/16. End of the lil' Prelude.
You're not incorrect. It'll get better. The initial two parts were done in like...2014? Time improves things. Makes them less jagged. But the old stuff couldn't just get thrown out.
Part of the mentality in not going back and redoing it is that there's a skill improvement every few months; so earlier works will always look bad. Better not to be caught in the vicious cycle.
Bingo. So it's sort of suffer through it, it gets better situation.
I forget when we directly reference it, but the comic up until...issue 5 takes place over the period of Spring Break.
34/34. End of The Society.
Onward to art starting to improve.
I still like this issue even if it doesn't look as good; just because Scott and Jam had a fun dynamic.
I sometimes forget to write the dogs into scenes.
That one panel still looks awkward.
I have a horrific phobia of bigfoot myself due to once switching between Harry and the Hendersons and some horror flick on the Sci-Fi channel during a commercial break.
Still stuck with me. But Survivorman: Bigfoot was kind of fun.
Next issue taking place the same night.
22/22. End of The Fundamentals.
Hard to hit a good blend of slice-of-life and urban fantasy; but you have to make the rules before you break them.
The Long Night, 1/30.
Probably the most well-received thing we did here. Got us as a staff pick on tapastic during the summer. Coincided nicely.
More of a Beatrice/Crew issue than anything else.
Dates are hard to write without being too big on exposition. But it helps that they're generally about concealing truths and trying to make things sound better, or at least interesting.
Return to the club, Craig's back too.
Things finally start to happen.
Only took 94 pages.
Scott liked to dip his pen in the company ink.
End of the Long Night.
Time for The Consequences.
That's the general attitude. But a dead body is as much a character as a living one. And it is important that killing someone, anyone; has weight.
15/35. Like when your sibling has you kill something. That's awkward.
Most of Connor/Conrad's dialogue is blatantly double-speak. Since his introduction. Always found that fun to write.
19/35. Basement thing from the Prelude is back.
24/35. Ted gets mentioned a lot, I don't think we'll ever have him show up.
True story, did that to someone once. Felt like the biggest dick on the planet when they explained why they came back completely distraught.
35/35. End of the Consequences.
Got "The Monster" left, as well as the first 6 pages of "The Secrets" before I'm done. Hope people are enjoying what they're reading.
The Monster, 1/34.
Spring Break is over.
yeah. The old stuff is kinda like tumblr mixed with the shitty last season(s?) of powerpuff girls and the worst aspects of samurai jack, but DAMN if it didn't develop well. Now its distinctive look is irreplaceable.
5/34. Because this page isn't showing up for me, a possible repost.
Of course now it shows up.
6/34. With more Orea-vision.
Well thanks, that does mean a lot. Art improves over time and it just sort of sucks that our introductory material isn't up to our current snuff.
Yeah sure, I'll toss that up once we finish this.
Yeah, glitche suck. But we don't have too much more. We won't hit an image limit; I don't think.
There's Beatrice. And Delk.
It's important why the dog didn't do this before.
30/31. I totally misread the amount of files here.
31/31. End of "The Monster"
Got a few pages of the next issue up, because that's where we're at now. "The Secrets" takes place a few days later. Beatrice is a little unhinged. Jam is sort of trying to cope with how much magic sucks.
Post those, then "Children" and I'm done.
7/7, that's all we've got done for this issue so far. We tend to do 3-4 page updates, every Friday (but we almost always post them Thursday night).
"Children" was from early 2013. Featuring the girls parents, Liam O'Sullivan and Ava Mackay. Who are bad people.
And that's all we've got so far! I hope people liked it, or at least had thoughts about it. Artist is petarvee.tumblr.com, if people were curious.
Hope you guys enjoyed your time and have a groovy night. I'll be around for a bit if anyone has questions or comments or concerns or et cetera.
Artist tagging in.
We're also on Tapastic (tapastic.com/series/The-Sisters) if you guys prefer reading there over the main site (thesisters-comic.com)
Here's another little picture from a series of small sidestories we're working on. Keeping these sorta timeline-neutral. Because we've got a lot of just background shit written we'll never get to in the comic proper.
And, like the writer mentioned in the original post, we're doing a sketchbook. Concept sketches that never saw the light of day, original designs, plus some goofy stuff people request.
So if you've got any specific ideas like "B's work outfit" or "The Sisters: In Space", I'll add em to the To-Draw list.
Here's one that was meant for the start of Chapter 7. I said "Have Connor and Erin make out", the writer said no, and went with the discussion about Friends.
Someone in the webcomics thread requested some more Sammy.
If it was another discussion about Seinfeld, I would've cut it.
fuck I forgot what I said in that thread when you were asking for suggestions.
alls i know is one of these days I am drawing fanart of Jam showering with Klaxton as suggested in >>79025970
because that is cute as fuck. people should shower with their dogs. dog would like it. saves time for the person. cmon.
We also got requests in for Orea.
Aw, can't wait! Were you the anon who requested more "Jam bein Jam"? Because that was a bit too vague for 3am brain to work through.
>dissing on Seinfeld.
That shirt arrived, by the way. It looks horrifying.
I've done that with big dogs. Got a St.Bernard/Boxer mix who loves water and has busted in on me in the shower before. Because she's a big goddamn goon.
Also we forgot that one other comic.
Plum Island, set before the Prelude. It was for a zine or something. 1/12. I think this was in a flux period around Issue 3.
that was it!!
fuck me I just like Jam. She seems like the kind of person who, as a kid, would see if she could wedge herself between two close-together walls in a doorway or closet and climb to the top. and then someone would just walk in underneath her and she'd be like 'hey' all nonchalant.
It's sort of a prequel. I think we've got it up on the main-site as part of it; and in the archives it is listed as an "Issue Zero". Sort of its own separate episode on Tapastic.
We just lack proper website building knowledge to make it in its own special little sub-category. It's on the to-do-list.
Well, think that's the whole of it. Hope y'all enjoyed yourselves. I need some nachos.
We also post everyone's outfits for the chapter at the start each one.
Just in case we never get to show Erin's "Kiss Me I'm Irish" shirt, or Connor's "Totally not the evil cult from Conan" shirt.
Also, some sketches of people from Scott's past.
His boyfriend, Julius; Their crazy witch neighbor who cut off Julius's hand, Tish; And their buddy, Guy.
>A math teacher tells young girl to watch her language
>Suddenly opens up and starts swearing
>Calls her a dick
Keep you characters straight. Also, swearing loses its effectiveness when everyone does it, unless your goal is make everyone seem crass
tish is.. kinda cute. swrong with me?
i wonder if that was just reflex from still being in teacher-mode. shit you have to do or youll get fired but nobody actually gives a fuck about when theyre offduty. at least i hope not.. because that would be sick.
>Also, swearing loses its effectiveness when everyone does it, unless your goal is make everyone seem crass
That's kind of the point, you elitist cuntlobe. "Vulgar" language literally means the way the common man talks. It's supposed to lose its 'effectiveness' at 'offending' because it was never meant to offend to begin with. Just be normal and express emotions like anger and crassness (aka comfort, as opposed to stressful rigidity and controlled behavior). Emotions 'proper' sorts are obliged to pretend they don't feel.
You're welcome. Glad you liked it.
Fair enough, I realize I come into this from a weird position. Child of a teacher in a crappy little town, so a lot of my "adults I knew" were very much "do as I say, not as I do" and had to put on the separating of teacher-mode and their real selves. My favorite English teacher once wrote a kid up for cursing him out, and as the kid got taken to the office he muttered that said kid was a "fucking piece of work."
Cursing itself does lose its effectiveness if everyone does it, and in small towns like those I've grown up in and have inhabited on and off; it's how everyone talks unless they're putting on a face. It might be crass, it likely is; but it's sort of a cultural quirk I've found to be true of growing up in with the big Irish-side of my family.
But to each their own, it is a problem; I'm aware of it. Just sort of something to sort out at times. Lotta people curse as the Oxford Comma, or as a punctuation. In speech it is often overlooked, especially among friends; in writing it can look weird.
I understand the complaint though, and I'm sorry if that made you dislike the project.
We haven't really gotten to her, because she and Julius were a decade ago back in Brooklyn. Tish's situation is "crystals are powerful" and Julius is just a bowling alley employee who happened to accidentally get involved in magic.
Julius will be fun when he shows up again. Sort of a burnt-out Scott-type role.
I was hoping to run into you, Brian. Beatrice has been steadily getting fatter and fatter. She's so fucking thick now, she'd probably have trouble fitting into doors. Compare the early panels to how she looks like now; especially noticeable after she exits the strip club to go shooting. Yowza.
Artist tagging in again.
That was always sorta how she was meant to look, it was just a matter of my art-chops catching up.
The idea behind her design was basically: She's "trailer-trash hot". At most, like a 7 or 8 outta 10. I mean, B's a small-town stripper, that usually doesn't facilitate top-shelf workers.
But that being said, she's at as thick as originally intended, so doors won't be an issue.
It makes for a pretty powerful and visceral image, doesn't it? You look at a picture like >>79025904 's second panel and.. well, pic related
I gotta admit, it helps me tell them apart. That was a much bigger prob earlier. I mean yeah she has the tatts but they look so unnatural I can't ever not think of them as clothing or makeup or jewelry or something.
Oh yeah, I can totally get that. Earlier on I was confident that their body shapes would set em apart. The issue comes when you don't see their full body. Then it's a bit of a toss up.
As for the tattoos, again, totally. Canonically, she got em done at her friend's house with their 'fancy new tattoo gun' when she was like 15. It's briefly mentioned in a comic we did back in like 2013 (http://petarvee.tumblr.com/post/46781486398/the-alice-incident-finished-finally-cleaned-up).
Which, is still sorta mildly canon and in need of a real revisit. Especially because I'm not working with ink and brush anymore.
I agree that they're easily to tell apart now, that is true. And I get artistic exaggeration. But I can't get over the fact how she ballooned in the span of few days. Those calves and thighs, Jesus. Aside from that, I've got nothing.
Aw shit, thanks!
Here's another comic from that year, again traditional, about Jam, Sammy, and Chel and their encounter with Bigfoot. http://petarvee.tumblr.com/post/38252899808/the-sisters-sasquatch-inked-man-i-really-like
It's mentioned a couple times in the comic-proper, but never really seen.
And here's one starring The Sisters parents back in their hayday. It'll forever remain unfinished. Evil shit and body-horror from 2013: http://imgur.com/a/CGvPB
I getcha. Thanks for reading it all the way through, we seriously appreciate it!
Which is why lil'Beatrice looks all bit up here: >>79026275
Well, that's a new one. But I like it. Bob's Burgers is my top tier "relax and pass out" show. Happy that new episodes are starting up again this weekend (or maybe next?).
I'm surprised people keep saying they think he's a good dude. Unless they mean Delk, the short brown computer repairman. Douglas is a knife-wielding asshole. But I can see that too.
The great thing about being dead is that memories will now color the core of his character, and those are always biased; often in favor of an idea rather than the truth.
God the implications that could be read into this. Not my thing, and as artist says here: >>79031165, sort of just an art-catch-up dealio.
Erin looks a little less Squidwardian now too. Designs shift over time. Sometimes it can cause a bit of a "what" factor. Old pic related was Conrad.
Back when Sammy and Jam didn't have as bro-tier a chemistry. And I remain forever against the silliest part of Silver City, as that was a professor's suggestion on your end. But I still think parts of it hold up.
Dude's actually paying attention. I like that. Everyone else seems to be wrapped up in their own lives, which is ok in the youngest girl, but I don't know about the rest of them.
Dude said he was the one who started that society, because most of them wouldn't look out for each other. That, and he was open and was teaching her magic.
I did like his little speech about money though.
This was cool. Definitely picking it up.
Question: was that Irish spirit thing actually good intentioned and they just didn't care? Or did it likely have ulterior motives. I assume the latter but the former would be pretty funny.
Those are fair points. I can see how Douglas as being the guy who pays attention makes him likable as a character.
Part of the goal when writing the Sisters was to make them people who are very much wrapped up in their own lives; they don't really have a threat to rally against so there's no point in going all X-Men or anything. And being magical just draws unwanted attention from nasty shit anyway, so no point in going all Harry Dresden when you've got bills to pay. The people who delve into the world of using magic to get what they want suffer; Scott (though his was more constant failed attempts at love), or Conrad (he's a shapeshifting serial killer), and Doug too on some level though we don't see it yet.
So while the Sisters are sort of the focal characters, the idea is that these aren't people who can magic a way to fix their problems; they're people who are going to suffer through loss and tragedy and some good stuff too; because they pay their taxes like everyone else. Some of them cheat a little, but they're just Joe Average save for the magical bullshit.
>Liked his speech on money
Thank you! A lot of people I've had read this didn't think he had any right to complain, when it sort of fits his character to just be alienated by sorta good things; because Scott's in a way, always fucking up when he has someone relying on him. Julius, Tina, and Guy not being around in the Society or his life is intentionally brought up; as is sort of the failed romance with Peebs (Percival/Perry at the time) or sort of having a date with Erin because "maybe there's a dick involved." Money, like damn near anything else, alienates people.
And if you get that alienation in early, its hard to figure out how to make real bonds.
>Gross realistic people who are good inside.
I can see that. Thanks. That actually means a lot.
I still think that baby is hilarious to look at.
And that's it for me. I'm hitting the bricks. Thank you all for reading.
>Irish Spirit thing.
Generally speaking, anything spiritual has ulterior motives. "Scorned Son of the Na Suil" sort of implies it was born of Balor's ripped out eye; so not great. But it probably would've been far more benign than anything Beatrice ever sold her shit to.
I'd say it was probably a mix of good intentions, rebuffed for the fact that they're Americans and it wrecked Liam's old beach house.
Thanks for picking it up, we appreciate it.
>not X-Men or Dresden Files
I didn't think about it that way. Yeah, that's a good idea, and now that I think about it, it's done very well.
Good explanation on all if it. Might post it on your site somewhere.
I know the feeling. Got a call one day that a friend's brother had killed himself, and we were going to meet at another friend's house to keep first friend company. I get to other friend's house and, well, they didn't get the memo yet and said I looked like I'd seen a ghost. When the calling friend arrived without warning, second friend was so confused and went outside with them to ask the deal. Those were a very odd few days.
done binge-reading the whole thing.
is pretty cool dude, will probably follow for a month and then forget, but if you guys print a book out of it and i hear about it, ill buy the shit out of it and push it on people.