October 10th, 2017
Comment by Kiri
I like you, Quentin, but if you set your password as 'password' you're getting DOWNGRADED on my completely inconsequential, arbitrary, and non-existent internal character ranking chart okay.
posted at 12:14am on October 10th, 2017
Comment by Phosphini (Ely)
The last bit of the vote incentive mad me giggle. C:
posted at 12:38am on October 10th, 2017
Reply by Shazzbaa
IF THEY HAD LAPTOPS THIS IS PROBABLY HOW IT WOULD GO DOWN
posted at 9:43am on October 10th, 2017
Comment by Thantos1991
He pulled a Sheldon.
posted at 2:17am on October 10th, 2017
Comment by The Wing
I had my suspicions with the obsession with everything being straight and ordered and then the whole always being late thing but now I'm getting surer that dear Esra has OCD. Only once you lock and unlock the door exactly FOUR times can you be sure you've done it right. Otherwise, you've done it wrong and have to start over, you idiot!! And while you're at it, only enter the room with your right foot, and only walk on the left side of the hall, but don't touch the wall or you'll have to turn around and walk back to the start...
Also, panel five is something I can relate to. Surely homework assignments aren't that hard. Surely I'm just not getting something. RIGHT?? Where have the past six hours gone? T_T
posted at 2:57am on October 10th, 2017
Ahhhh this comment made me so happy! YOU'RE RIGHT ON THE MONEY
Quentin: *struggles with incredibly complex ritual magic*
Quentin: well i guess im just stupid then
big mood my friend
posted at 10:14am on October 10th, 2017
Reply by Alan
adkgsdafa;lsafklda HIS EXPRESSION IN PANEL TWO IS THE MOST RELATABLE THING
YEAH SURE BRAIN, THAT MAKES SENSE, I JUST LOCKED THAT DOOR AND YOU SAW ME DO IT FIVE SECONDS AGO BUT WHAT IF IT MAGICALLY UNLOCKED ITSELF SOMEHOW. BETTER GO CHECK IT, HUH.
My OCD ass thinks this is way funnier than it actually is probably but what can I say, this is like the second character I've seen ever with OCD that wasn't "LOL CLEANING" :/
posted at 12:52pm on October 10th, 2017
Reply by Ikwig
Ha, I specifically came to the comments just to see if anyone else had stuff to say about Esra's OCD; I'm pretty good with locking just once (our old door has a "privacy lock" on the inside which can't be opened with a key; it sometimes jiggles locked if you're not careful when manipulating the door. The last time that happened, we had to break a window to get in, and in the process of getting in we also broke the sink faucet. *sigh*). On the other hand, I have to check that the stove is off at least four times before I leave the house, even if I haven't used it. Rationally, I know that's ridiculous, but my internal psychological comfort level doesn't care.
And yes, nice to see someone with OCD who isn't just about washing their hands!
posted at 1:21pm on October 10th, 2017
Fun story: when I was first trying to figure out what was going on with my brain, I had an exchange with myself that was pretty much just
Me: hey brain, don't freak out but I think we might have OCD
Brain: No!! We can't have that!!! Our mental health is bad enough we can't have something else!!!!!
Me: well I mean, it wouldn't be a new thing we already
Brain: punch yourself in the stomach so you won't have OCD!!!!!
YEP SURE BRAIN, THAT'S HOW THAT WORKS. GOOD JOB YOU SOLVED MY OCD PUZZLE.
So anyways, all my sympathies go out to Ezra.
posted at 7:30pm on October 13th, 2017
THANKS BRAIN, YOU ARE VERY HELPFUL AND DEFINITELY THE REASON WE ARE THE APEX SPECIES
but oh my gosh I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR THESE COMMENTS, THANK YOU SO MUCH????
posted at 1:21am on October 15th, 2017
Reply by Asterai
And *tap* it four times, too, don't forget!
I also was wondering.
posted at 1:16pm on October 10th, 2017
Reply by The Wing
Hah, I had to look around seven times to understand what the tapping was, but at this point I'm QUITE certain that's Esra's footsteps as he walks back toward the door. The fact that there's no indicator of motion via lines, and the fact that the sound effect is on the ceiling, made it a little ambiguous. On first glance I thought it was the footsteps of the old lady as she walked forward, but then I was like, huh, Esra would also have to move backward judging by his distance from the door in the second panel.
Maybe it's just you and I, though. I have been known to miss key details while noticing utterly irrelevant ones. e_o
posted at 10:54am on October 11th, 2017
Ahhhhh The Wing has it, it is his footsteps! The intent was for her to be reacting to the sound of him running back, but honestly looking at it now it might be clearer without??? i will.... possibly fiddle this at some point, if they disappear I PROMISE YOU DID NOT IMAGINE THEM
posted at 1:25am on October 15th, 2017
Comment by Glew
I had to draw crumpled paper in school art class once. That was enough for a life time :D I admire your endurance.
posted at 4:44am on October 10th, 2017
Comment by TheOtherDibbler
Quentin. Dude. Get some sleep. Please.
posted at 7:16am on October 10th, 2017
NO TIME FOR SLEEP, HE CAN SLEEP WHEN HE'S DEAD
Reply by TheOtherDibbler
I feel like the lack of sleep will make that day arrive much sooner. This doesn't seem like the best plan.
posted at 9:48am on October 10th, 2017
Reply by Why?!?!
Does consumable caffeine exist in this world? Because I'm pretty sure you don't get bags under your eyes like that unless you've been awake far longer than is normally possible.
No wait! Quentin has some spell that keeps him awake, right? I can definitely see him doing that.
posted at 10:08am on October 10th, 2017
Comment by Himochi
I love the colours SO so much in this chapter ao far. GORGEOUS.
posted at 7:31am on October 10th, 2017
Ahhhhhhhhhh gosh, thank you so much!! I've been trying something really different with the colouring so it's really cool to hear it's working!! *u*
Reply by RDawn
What exactly are you doing differently?
I mean, I can tell things are different but I can't really say how.
posted at 6:44pm on October 10th, 2017
The colours in these last two pages have been picked by hand!
I don't know how much digital colouring you do, so I apologise if this is overexplaining, but!! In previous pages, it's basically been like.... normally, if I'm colouring a red apple, I'll colour it red, and then have a layer under everything to create the lighting of the scene that shifts that colour (since it might not look Bright Red in some lighting), and then make a shading/multiply layer and use, like, blue or something to colour on that layer, which will make a darker, bluish shadow on the apple.
In these pages, I've been trying to figure out those colours directly instead -- picking out the shade of red that the apple would be in this lighting, and then picking out or mixing the shade of purple that a blue shadow would create. It's a lot harder for me, since colour is something I've always found difficult, but it kinda gives you a lot more precision so I'm trying it out!! I might have to go back and forth while I'm getting the hang of it, but I'm really thrilled folks have been liking the pages so far!! *u*
posted at 1:27am on October 15th, 2017
Comment by Devika
Oh wow, that's too relatable. If I just lock the door and go I won't feel like I really did lock it or forget whether I did, so I always have to pull the handle two-three times to make SURE it's locked. (The thing is, I *have* forgotten once in the past, it haunts me!)
Also I'm pretty sure that stuff in the last two panels IS hard.
posted at 1:15pm on October 10th, 2017
Comment by Ikwig
Can I just say that, looking at all of the papers on Quentin's desk, I think it actually might be hard. Give yourself a break, Quentin!
(And Shazzbaa: great job with all of the detail in that next to last panel, right down to the frustrated scribbles! Beautiful! :) )
posted at 1:23pm on October 10th, 2017
ITS OKAY TO HAVE A HARD TIME WITH MAGICAL CALCULUS FRIEND. ITS OKAY. THATS NORMAL.
(ahhhh thank you so much!!)
posted at 1:28am on October 15th, 2017
Comment by Toanovu
Aaaaaaaaaaah Esra I know that feel bro. I know that triple check the door after you've already walked away feel. :(
posted at 8:23pm on October 10th, 2017
Comment by aey
quentin reminds me of a friend of mine who only sleeps for 3-4 hours every night
i'm so glad runewriters is back! i've been looking forward to this for months
posted at 9:26pm on October 10th, 2017
omg, that..... that is not enough sleep. Is your friend Nicholae Tesla?
and ahhhh, thank you so much!! IM EXCITED TO BE BACK!
posted at 1:29am on October 15th, 2017
HAHAHA! I just now read the vote incentive! XD Working in service desk makes me relate to that so much.
posted at 2:09pm on October 11th, 2017