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I can’t stress enough how much I love Kit Seaton’s artwork and storytelling! This time she’s teaming-up with her sister, Cat, on a comic project. Please support their Patreon as it will be mutually wonderful for both supporters and creators!
kitandcat:


Long ago in Norroway there lived a woman who had three daughters. Off they went one day to learn their fortunes from an old woman who lived in the forest. The oldest daughter was told she would marry an earl, the second daughter that she would marry a lord, and the youngest—a black bull.
The two older sisters were very pleased with their fortunes, but the youngest sister laughed and said, “No matter, I’ll be content with the Black Bull of Norroway!”
Her sisters warned her not to jest of such a monster, lest it become true.
"I’m not so eager to marry," she declared. "I’ll stay at home until the Black Bull comes to court me."

—an excerpt of The Black Bull of Norroway, from Tatterhood and Other Tales, edited by Ethel Johnston Phelps.
The above is the version we will be pulling our adaptation of The Black Bull of Norroway from, albeit loosely. We also drew heavily from Andrew Lang’s version, found within the pages of The Blue Fairy Book. 
In case you don’t know the tale in its entirety, here’s a rough summary of how it continues…

The bull arrives to fetch his bride, and she goes with him. He is kind and gentle with her, but they travel a very long ways and soon she becomes hungry. He offers her food from one ear, and drink from the other, and she is revived. As they continue to travel, the nameless girl grows more and more fond of her bull.
The two visit the three palaces of his brothers, and at each palace, she receives the gift of either a golden fruit or a golden nut, depending on which version of the tale you read.  She is told not to use this item until she is in her hour of greatest need.
Eventually, they come to a glen where the bull sits her down, and instructs her that he must do battle (with the devil, with “the Old One,” with “The Keeper of the Glen…”) and she must not move or else the enchantment will not be broken, and he won’t be able to find her.
He wins the battle, and she sees him transform into a man. In her joy at his victory, and presumably over the fact that she doesn’t literally have to marry a bull, she moves her foot just slightly and that is enough to break the spell. He cannot find her and she, once she realizes in the first place that the enchantment’s been broken, cannot find him.
In some versions, the girl is in a glass valley that she cannot escape from. In others, the girl searches hopelessly until she finds a glass mountain which she knows she must climb. Regardless, the girl meets a smithy and, in exchange for iron shoes, she works for him for a period of time. In some versions it is seven years, in others, seven months and seven days.
When she climbs the hill at last, she meets either a washwoman or an old troll. She hears tell of a knight who will marry none until the blood is cleaned from his garments, and she, of course, is the one who succeeds in the task. The washwoman (or troll princess) takes the girl’s hard work and declares it as her own, and sets off to marry the prince.
But, the girl remembers the three gifts she was given, and uses them now. She breaks one open, and discovers it is full up with resplendent gems. These, she gives to the greedy troll princess in exchange with a night with her beloved.
Now, the troll princess is greedy but she isn’t dumb. She has the knight drugged, and so when the nameless girl goes to see him, he does not wake to her. This goes on for two nights, with the girl lamenting in each:

Seven long years I served for thee,The glassy hill I climbed for thee,Thy bloody clothes I wrung for thee,Will thou not waken and turn to me? 

The third evening, the young man had been clued in by a servant that someone was weeping in his room the past two evenings. He assumes he’s been drugged (my guess is that he felt pretty terrible when he woke up in the morning those two days), and my guess is that he cheeks the pill, or whatever they’ve been drugging him with, like a dog that’s more clever than its owner.
The girl, now having used her final gift, enters into his room the third night and he recognizes her instantly. At this point, they either sneak off into the night with one another… or he has the washwoman and her daughter killed. One of the two. And the two live happily ever after.

Our adaptation changes a lot, but the skeleton of the story remains the same. It is the journey of a young girl and a bull. 
We cannot wait for you to read our version of this Scottish fairy tale. We like to think of our version as a sort of Bildungsroman, and we think you’ll all enjoy growing up with Sibylla. :)
Just a reminder, our Patreon is now open to subscribers, where pages will begin posting on October 1st!
Aaaand…. our webcomic will go live for the public on October 31st, and the entirety of the first chapter will be posted!

I can’t stress enough how much I love Kit Seaton’s artwork and storytelling! This time she’s teaming-up with her sister, Cat, on a comic project. Please support their Patreon as it will be mutually wonderful for both supporters and creators!

kitandcat:

Long ago in Norroway there lived a woman who had three daughters. Off they went one day to learn their fortunes from an old woman who lived in the forest. The oldest daughter was told she would marry an earl, the second daughter that she would marry a lord, and the youngest—a black bull.

The two older sisters were very pleased with their fortunes, but the youngest sister laughed and said, “No matter, I’ll be content with the Black Bull of Norroway!”

Her sisters warned her not to jest of such a monster, lest it become true.

"I’m not so eager to marry," she declared. "I’ll stay at home until the Black Bull comes to court me."

—an excerpt of The Black Bull of Norroway, from Tatterhood and Other Tales, edited by Ethel Johnston Phelps.

The above is the version we will be pulling our adaptation of The Black Bull of Norroway from, albeit loosely. We also drew heavily from Andrew Lang’s version, found within the pages of The Blue Fairy Book.

In case you don’t know the tale in its entirety, here’s a rough summary of how it continues…

The bull arrives to fetch his bride, and she goes with him. He is kind and gentle with her, but they travel a very long ways and soon she becomes hungry. He offers her food from one ear, and drink from the other, and she is revived. As they continue to travel, the nameless girl grows more and more fond of her bull.

The two visit the three palaces of his brothers, and at each palace, she receives the gift of either a golden fruit or a golden nut, depending on which version of the tale you read.  She is told not to use this item until she is in her hour of greatest need.

Eventually, they come to a glen where the bull sits her down, and instructs her that he must do battle (with the devil, with “the Old One,” with “The Keeper of the Glen…”) and she must not move or else the enchantment will not be broken, and he won’t be able to find her.

He wins the battle, and she sees him transform into a man. In her joy at his victory, and presumably over the fact that she doesn’t literally have to marry a bull, she moves her foot just slightly and that is enough to break the spell. He cannot find her and she, once she realizes in the first place that the enchantment’s been broken, cannot find him.

In some versions, the girl is in a glass valley that she cannot escape from. In others, the girl searches hopelessly until she finds a glass mountain which she knows she must climb. Regardless, the girl meets a smithy and, in exchange for iron shoes, she works for him for a period of time. In some versions it is seven years, in others, seven months and seven days.

When she climbs the hill at last, she meets either a washwoman or an old troll. She hears tell of a knight who will marry none until the blood is cleaned from his garments, and she, of course, is the one who succeeds in the task. The washwoman (or troll princess) takes the girl’s hard work and declares it as her own, and sets off to marry the prince.

But, the girl remembers the three gifts she was given, and uses them now. She breaks one open, and discovers it is full up with resplendent gems. These, she gives to the greedy troll princess in exchange with a night with her beloved.

Now, the troll princess is greedy but she isn’t dumb. She has the knight drugged, and so when the nameless girl goes to see him, he does not wake to her. This goes on for two nights, with the girl lamenting in each:

Seven long years I served for thee,
The glassy hill I climbed for thee,
Thy bloody clothes I wrung for thee,
Will thou not waken and turn to me?

The third evening, the young man had been clued in by a servant that someone was weeping in his room the past two evenings. He assumes he’s been drugged (my guess is that he felt pretty terrible when he woke up in the morning those two days), and my guess is that he cheeks the pill, or whatever they’ve been drugging him with, like a dog that’s more clever than its owner.

The girl, now having used her final gift, enters into his room the third night and he recognizes her instantly. At this point, they either sneak off into the night with one another… or he has the washwoman and her daughter killed. One of the two. And the two live happily ever after.

Our adaptation changes a lot, but the skeleton of the story remains the same. It is the journey of a young girl and a bull. 

We cannot wait for you to read our version of this Scottish fairy tale. We like to think of our version as a sort of Bildungsroman, and we think you’ll all enjoy growing up with Sibylla. :)

Just a reminder, our Patreon is now open to subscribers, where pages will begin posting on October 1st!

Aaaand…. our webcomic will go live for the public on October 31st, and the entirety of the first chapter will be posted!

(via drawlequin)

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Here’s Rose City Comic Con Info! Just to paraphrase, I’m on two panels on Saturday at 11am Room 2, and 3pm Room 4. We’re at tables G-09 and G-10. We’ll have comics, I’ll have art. Come get a Shutter sketch cover! See you all there!

joekeatinge:

This weekend brings ROSE CITY COMIC CON 2014 and both Leila and I will be there all weekend almost all weekend! You can find both of us at G-09 + G-10, featuring the SHUTTER #1 sketch variants you can only buy from us (featuring sketches by Leila!), Tech Jacket #1 con exclusive variants and con exclusive deals on stuff from Shutter to Tech Jacket to Glory.
BONUS: Leila and I are also doing a few panels on SATURDAY ONLY.
Image Comics Presents I is for Irresistible
Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Comics art is better than ever and reaching new heights on a daily basis. Sloane Leong (From Under Mountains), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), and Ben Dewey (Tooth & Claw) share the secret to making great comics, sustaining creativity, and just how important artists are when it comes to storytelling in comics.
Spotlight: Erik Larsen
Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 12:00PM - 12:50PM
Not only is Erik one of the co-founders of Image Comics, but he’s also the creator and mastermind behind Savage Dragon, which is now 32 years old. Come hear what one of the biggest staples in the comics industry has to say about his career, his character, and his process. Moderated by writer Joe Keatinge (Shutter)
Back to the Gutters: Let’s Talk Comics
Room: Panel Room 4
Time: 3:00PM - 3:50PM
From part of the team that brought you From the Gutters comes a new take on the comic book panel. Join comics writer and journalist Jamie S. Rich and Ryan McCluskey as they bring their unique unique wit and perspective to a live interview format. Along with their special guests, they’ll discuss the intricacies of a life in comics, both in the studio and out. Featuring Tim Seeley (Revival, Grayson), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), Nate Quarry (Zombie Cage Fighter), and Jen Van Meter (The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage, Hopeless Savages).
And, finally, here’s what we’ll have at the table for all of us to enjoy:
SHUTTER #1 CON EXCLUSIVE
WITH SKETCH BY LEILA DEL DUCA
PERSONALIZED … $10
NON-PERSONALIZED … $30
TECH JACKET #1 CON EXCLUSIVE
PERSONALIZED … $5
NON-PERSONALIZED … $10
SHUTTER #1-6 SET 
(all first printings + includes bonus 
Piotr Kowalski Shutter #2 variant)
$25 … $20
TECH JACKET TPB + 1-3 SET 
$25 … $20
COMPLETE GLORY HC
$35  … $30

Here’s Rose City Comic Con Info! Just to paraphrase, I’m on two panels on Saturday at 11am Room 2, and 3pm Room 4. We’re at tables G-09 and G-10. We’ll have comics, I’ll have art. Come get a Shutter sketch cover! See you all there!

joekeatinge:

This weekend brings ROSE CITY COMIC CON 2014 and both Leila and I will be there all weekend almost all weekend! You can find both of us at G-09 + G-10, featuring the SHUTTER #1 sketch variants you can only buy from us (featuring sketches by Leila!), Tech Jacket #1 con exclusive variants and con exclusive deals on stuff from Shutter to Tech Jacket to Glory.

BONUS: Leila and I are also doing a few panels on SATURDAY ONLY.

Image Comics Presents I is for Irresistible

Room: Panel Room 2

Time: 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Comics art is better than ever and reaching new heights on a daily basis. Sloane Leong (From Under Mountains), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), and Ben Dewey (Tooth & Claw) share the secret to making great comics, sustaining creativity, and just how important artists are when it comes to storytelling in comics.

Spotlight: Erik Larsen

Room: Panel Room 7

Time: 12:00PM - 12:50PM

Not only is Erik one of the co-founders of Image Comics, but he’s also the creator and mastermind behind Savage Dragon, which is now 32 years old. Come hear what one of the biggest staples in the comics industry has to say about his career, his character, and his process. Moderated by writer Joe Keatinge (Shutter)

Back to the Gutters: Let’s Talk Comics

Room: Panel Room 4

Time: 3:00PM - 3:50PM

From part of the team that brought you From the Gutters comes a new take on the comic book panel. Join comics writer and journalist Jamie S. Rich and Ryan McCluskey as they bring their unique unique wit and perspective to a live interview format. Along with their special guests, they’ll discuss the intricacies of a life in comics, both in the studio and out. Featuring Tim Seeley (Revival, Grayson), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), Nate Quarry (Zombie Cage Fighter), and Jen Van Meter (The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage, Hopeless Savages).

And, finally, here’s what we’ll have at the table for all of us to enjoy:

SHUTTER #1 CON EXCLUSIVE

WITH SKETCH BY LEILA DEL DUCA

PERSONALIZED … $10

NON-PERSONALIZED … $30

TECH JACKET #1 CON EXCLUSIVE

PERSONALIZED … $5

NON-PERSONALIZED … $10

SHUTTER #1-6 SET 

(all first printings + includes bonus 

Piotr Kowalski Shutter #2 variant)

$25 … $20

TECH JACKET TPB + 1-3 SET 

$25 … $20

COMPLETE GLORY HC

$35  … $30

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empaya-comics said: Dear Joe, what are (in your opinion) the top 5 mistakes to avoid, when creating comics? Thank you very much in advance.

joekeatinge:

Man. There’s a loaded question. 

I’m not sure I have a set list here, but here are some things I’ve noticed from the perspective of a guy who has written comics as his primary profession for four years and a bit as a guy whose worked in other capacities for eleven now. 

For general process stuff, I went into how I approach my end of things in a huge amount of detail here.

For what you’re asking, well, let’s take a break first.

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joekeatinge:

first arc

Well that was a blast. Can’t wait to see these 120+ pages of comics combined into the trade in November.

joekeatinge:

first arc

Well that was a blast. Can’t wait to see these 120+ pages of comics combined into the trade in November.

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joekeatinge:

kanenwriter:

I love Alarm Cat with every fiber of my being.

SECRETS REVEALED.

joekeatinge:

kanenwriter:

I love Alarm Cat with every fiber of my being.

SECRETS REVEALED.

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hipslikecinderfella:

My bunny 3 loves comics, too! He’s not a dog, but he posed pretty with the first issue of Shutter.

Whatta handsome rabbit! Very photogenic. 

hipslikecinderfella:

My bunny 3 loves comics, too! He’s not a dog, but he posed pretty with the first issue of Shutter.

Whatta handsome rabbit! Very photogenic. 

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conglomerminty:

My casual/picture taking outfit this weekend was Kate Kristopher from Shutter. 

WHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTT!!!! This is so, so, so, so (so times infinity) COOL!

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joekeatinge:

OUT RIGHT NOW! GO, GO, GO!

joekeatinge:

The end (until December) is here.

This Wednesday. September 17th. 2014. A.D.

People (and not-people) are reunited. Revelations start coming. Blood’s drawn. 

The fuller picture opens up (THE SHUTTER, IF YOU WILL)* placing Kate & co. in a very different place than when the series began and kicking off our next big arc, taking us to… well, you’ll see.

*sorry not sorry

P.S. I can’t imagine I’m alone in thinking that Leila draws some of the best Totally Normal Fish comics has ever seen.

P.P.S. If you’re at Rose City Comic Con this weekend, Leila and I will be at tables G-09 + 10, selling our Shutter wares (including our Us-Only exclusive Shutter #1 sketch cover featuring real life sketches by Leila [or me if you’d like to burn some money]) AND some copies of #6. Maybe some other stuff, but more on that later.

The end of Shutter’s first story arc in stores today! 

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joekeatinge:

The End (Until December) is Here. In-stores/digital on Wednesday.

stacks of my comics stacks of my comics stacks of my comics i’m so happy

joekeatinge:

The End (Until December) is Here. In-stores/digital on Wednesday.

stacks of my comics stacks of my comics stacks of my comics i’m so happy

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I’ve been interviewed my Kyle Welch over at Page and Panels. I had a great time chatting and going through Shutter #3, describing my artistic choices page by page. A better description:
"On this episode of Pages and Panels, Kyle is joined by the amazing artist Leila Del Duca. Leila and Kyle break down her art from issue three of the Image series Shutter. Leila provides consistently wonderful art, action and characters to pair with writer Joe Keatinge’s engrossing and humorous world and story. Leila talks about bring emotion to the faces of animals, how to draw people getting thrown around, and The NeverEnding Story. ”

I’ve been interviewed my Kyle Welch over at Page and Panels. I had a great time chatting and going through Shutter #3, describing my artistic choices page by page. A better description:

"On this episode of Pages and Panels, Kyle is joined by the amazing artist Leila Del Duca. Leila and Kyle break down her art from issue three of the Image series Shutter. Leila provides consistently wonderful art, action and characters to pair with writer Joe Keatinge’s engrossing and humorous world and story. Leila talks about bring emotion to the faces of animals, how to draw people getting thrown around, and The NeverEnding Story. ”

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Alarm Cat pin-up for Mr. Greg E. All y’all who love reading throw your hands up!
Or something.

Alarm Cat pin-up for Mr. Greg E. All y’all who love reading throw your hands up!

Or something.

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raresenses:

nappynomad:

socialjusticekoolaid:

The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

My people getting it!

these people are the real heroes. not the military, not politicians, not the Hollywood actors. they risked their lives and livelihoods to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

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yeaboiiiii:

smallpresspreviews:

Know Me Now: The Fifth Collection of Spinadoodles

by Sam Spina

Published by Tinto Press

Spinafans rejoice! Sam’s done it again in this 5th (and final?) collection of his wonderful diary comics, Spinadoodles. His finest work yet, the writing style, drawing ability, humor and sense of timing have all reached new Spinaheights. The relatable nature of his comics are what sets them apart. His biggest strength is that he can take scenes from his Spinalife, seemingly unmodified or exaggerated, and present them in such a hilarious way. It’s a sensitivity-colliding-with-reality take on the world. In addition to all that, his design Spina-sense is impeccable. A must-read for all Spinafollowers. If you’re not, pick up a copy of Know Me Now, The 5th collection of Spinadoodles. You’ll be a fan too; Spinawise. 

TPB 4x6” BW 176 pg

$10

Available from Tinto Press.

Wholesale Pricing Available.

Order here www.tintopress.com

You can order my new book from my publisher! I’ll put it on my webstore next week if you want to buy it from me

I’m always thrilled when reading a new Spinadoodles collection. Do yourselves a favor and buy this. Sam’s the best.

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Hi. THis is mye new comig, Shutter #7. It’sauf cool. Pls read in December.
More reading abouts here: linskies lol lol

Hi. THis is mye new comig, Shutter #7. It’sauf cool. Pls read in December.

More reading abouts here: linskies lol lol

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drawlequin:

kitandcat:

The Black Bull of Norroway is a graphic novel based off of a classic fairy tale. It features a strong heroine, Sibylla, and a diverse cast of characters that, we hope, will offer representation to a variety of groups. The comic is a collaborative work from artist-writer-sister team, Kit and Cat Seaton, who have finally come together for the sake of this work.

ABOUT THE STORY

Sibylla is just nine years old when the forest witch changes her life forever. A prophecy: she will be the bride the Black Bull of Norroway. In some ways, this is a blessing. As Sibylla grows she can avoid the advances of other boys, claiming a betrothal to a creature who may or may not exist. Sure, her life may be a life of waiting, but it is her own. Until the Bull comes to collect his due, and Sibylla discovers the prophecy wasn’t simply mincing words. The Bull is, quite literally, a bull.
This story follows Sibylla as she struggles to come to terms with her fate, a fate she’s not sure that she wants. Along the way, she must question the very nature of humanity itself. What makes a man? Is it blood and bone? Is it mercy, compassion? Or is it something else?
A tale of expectations and crushing reality, truth and illusion, The Black Bull of Norroway is more than just another fairy tale adaptation. It is a beautifully illustrated glimpse into the human condition.

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Kit and Cat Seaton are a team of sisters who strive to tell stories to illuminate the dark. Both have been devoted to their respective crafts from childhood, always harboring the ambition to draw, to write, to create art that possesses a breath of life.
At eight years age difference, it wasn’t until Kit returned from her first year of college that the two began to combine their talents. Cat writes the script, and Kit transforms words into images. They have tossed around many projects and now, after years of striving to find the right story, Kit and Cat are ready to begin sharing their vision with the world.

Our fundraising campaign will launch on Patreon on Oct. 1st. The webcomic will go live on Oct. 31st, update weekly, and be free to the public to read. Please follow us on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter @petramagpie to receive updates! We’re so excited to show you what we’ve made, and there is so more to come!

Kit & Cat

Here’s a quick glimpse of what I’ve been working on all Summer! I’m so excited about this project, please help us out and share the news!

YEAH! I’m so excited for this. I love Kit’s artwork and storytelling. Support her if you can as this will be a project well worth funding.