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I did some weird cypher to make the spell. I doubt I could repeat it, but it did mean a thing at one point. If I ever do some magic system with a lot of verbal spells, I will probably write a small applet to do the cypher consistently for me.

More layer mask for speech bubbles there in 4 and 5. I think it gives a nice air of “What Rachael is saying is not important.”

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I did make that cover from some random generator I found online (random as i have no idea where its from, not I clicked buttons until it said what I wanted) Here’s a bigger version

This book has piqued my interest and I may have a story about it in the future, I’m not sure. I’m missing some useful details, like plot and characters and things. I know a lot of lore about it, though.

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A camera shift to Lynn. I’ve relied heavily on camera shifts in this contest and all of them have been abrupt. Not sure what I think about that.

Panel 1 here is just my first foray into horrible horrible anatomy and perspective.

I used a lot of layer masks in this piece. Not something I normally do. A layer mask lets me paint transparency on art without ruining it. For that 100% mysterious motion blur in panel 4, for example. the detail of the blur exists where Lynn’s head is, it is just selectively transparent. Cool trick.

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I’d love feedback on this teleport effect too.

Yeah, so, for Round 2, the characters are teleported into a maze, without their gear/clothes. I had to eat up a lot of my time figuring out a way to do that, without drawing anything I wouldn’t be proud of. This took a long time and contributed to my sailing into deadline infested waters, but I did it. You’ll see that soon, I hope. (At the time of writing this, I have yet to start inking it’s 55 panels!)

This ‘Green Room’ Arc had a lot of what I call ‘Technical’ Panels, like the last one here. I had to first basically figure out the room, then everyone’s position, then their costumes, then figure out what those costumes would look like sans person. A lot of work for not a whole lot of reward. All the technical on this piece is why it took as long as it did.

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First: Veldrin doing the opera glasses or whatever over his glasses? Awesome.

So the corner of Deviant Art I lurk near does a lot of body transformations. So it was no surprise to me that this would be coming (in fact, he kind of mentioned it as part of the thing the winner of the round would get to do.)

I am not very… anatomically accurate, you might say. So it’s not easy for me to do a small tweak, like you might see from the people who actually art in this contest. So I went to an extreme and really Amazonianed her, as well as brought her horns back.

What? Yeah, she’s got horns. She’s part demon.

Ideally, this is the most risque I’ll need to draw for the whole contest. But we’ll talk about exactly whey tommorrow.

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I had carefully counted out the pages, but ended up using easy to cut places with okay story beats instead of solid story beats that I slathered word bubbles over. Then I got to this page and realized I had designed the previous pages a certain way because the FUTURE pages needed to be done a certain way. So this one is kinda short.

I’d get a “Science says ‘NO.’ ” shirt.

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This was the final piece/part of the round 1 sub. There were a few edits here and there that i wish I could have kept. Honestly, if I’d had the time and inclination to do the whole dome as a full on story, I would have taken a lot longer to do things.

There definitely would have been some time passing from discovering the passage to getting to the exit. That’s for sure.

I don’t really have much more to say about this, actually. The two of us ended up tieing in points, so it’s convenient for possible future comics to have us going through the end at about the same time.

What will next week bring for comics from Matt? I’m not sure right now. I have 4 strips of Chapter 2 left to finish, as well as our character and Pokemon bookends. There is more contest, although at the time of writing (9/11) it has yet to be announced. And I have that breather comic that people voted on to start making as well as Chapter 3…

I have a lot to do. You’ll see something, I promise!