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It’s Over: Thanks for a Great Weekend!

Need I say more?
The “This Side of Darkness” release party an exhibition in Seelbach is over, and it has been so much better than I had anticipated it.
I’m short of words, seriously, and am in a state of positive mental hangover at the moment.

Of course that’s also because it has been a first-timer for me: I’ve never-ever had a solo exhibition, never-ever organized such a thing myself, never-ever had the opportunity to introduce a comic book of mine, never-ever got thundering applause for a “movie” opening night even TWICE … never-ever been cured from the traumatic experience left by the last party-like event I organized at age 17 to complete disaster … 😀

Not to talk about the strange and wonderful experience of finally meeting people you’re befriended with for almost a decade without ever actually seeing or even speaking to each other, and observing how the “virtual” friendship just seamlessly turns into a “real world” one: Jenny & Katharina (pity, that you could not come, Toby – next time 🙂 ).

Wow.

This maybe has been that weekend’s greatest experience. So great in fact, that we (meaning the “artist fraction”: Jenny, Rina, Basti and me) completely agreed on the necessity of a followup event as soon as possible. Theme to be found later on. 🙂

I’m also very proud of having been able to feature works of them at the occasion
… and I’m even more proud to have the originals here now. Will post them here later.
It is a honour beyond words … thank you so much. 🙂

Btw, I’m still missing my digicam, so I have not yet been able to take a foto of Rina’s so-damn-cool miniature painting of Sneaks (Schleicher), but you can have a glance on it at her Deviant Art site: click.

The weekend also played a bit of a creativity booster role.
Jenny pulled of an unbelievable scribble and watercolor run – view the sketch dump at her project site Darkness Over Cannae … which immediately caused more creativity eruptions: another spin-off of this weekend, with more than (literally!) running-gag potential: just have a look yourself!

Yeah, it will take a while until I’ll be grounded again … 🙂

Before I finish for now, I would like to issue a special “thank you” to the address of Susanne Gerold, whom I met at Friday, together with her husband Gerd (a first-timer, too: cool, that you two found the time to come!).
She published an article on “This Side of Darkness”, which made me blush: “does she actually write all this on MY comic”?

It’s German only. But I could not seriously hope for a better review.
You can find it here.

PS.:
don’t forget: new chapter release is due tonight. 🙂

Exhibition & Release Party in Seelbach, Black Forest

Exhibition Seelbach Poster

At February 28th, my T&D exhibition in Seelbach will open it’s gates for two and a half days.

At Friday, opening will be celebrated by what I call “release party”, without regard on the book’s actual release date. Anyway, I’m proud to be able to present the widescreen movie edition of This Side of Darkness at the exhibition, featuring music from Audiomachine, who generously gave me the permission to use it – thank you so much, guys! And fit’s sooo well …
Just watched it on big screen, with completed soundtrack for the very first time, and am still a bit in trance (of course I’m predisposed, because I’m the comic’s author, but hey).

Except that, there will be some drawings and paintings of mine, a bit of backstory to read … aaaand: pancakes! Made by me, the artist. Featuring sweet’n hot sauce, if you would. 🙂

If you happen to be in the Black Forest area, just drop by. It’s free to attend! Would be great to meet you there.

Btw: Seelbach makes for a really nice vacation destination in it’s own right, it’s a small municipality at the western outskirts of the Black Forest, almost located in the Upper Rhine Trench.

A few Remarks on Cloth (or their absence)

As I guess this is probably one of the first thoughts most of you’ll have while reading the comic – why is she naked completely right away – I decided to provide a couple of thoughts on cloth and nudity in T&D.

First of all: it’s not meant to be sexistic!
Later on, you’ll find., that male clothing conventions are … relaxed, as well. 😉

Tanai clothing habits

Tanai clothing habits

But why?
I wrote a bit about it in the FAQ section. I’ll do it a bit more extensively now.

It’s a pair of questions actually, instead of a single one:

  • Why is Cin’Thele naked right from the beginning?
  • Why do Salharin wear no cloth at all., or very frivoulous ones?

Answering question two also partially answers question one, so let’s start here:
Salharin are a different kind of people, when compared to men. There are visible differences, like their pointed ears (a classic), but the mental differences are of much more importance.
Salharin don’t have the same type of social and group instincts as men: in short, they don’t tend to form large colonies involving tight social structures, hierarchy, authority and obedience. Their individual behaviour is much less influenced by the desire to comply to social “rules”, than it is with human individuals.
They are loners by nature. Shame as an emotion caused by failure of compliance to expectations of one’s social environment, is alien to them. Instead, as they usually meet for the purpose of sharing pleasure in various flavours only, cloth, except from mere practical purposes like protection, solely fulfills a decorative role within their culture.

Nogh Clothing #2

Nogh fashion

Salharin, as I envision them, are an approximation of “perfect” individuals. They live forever, if not killed, in their world they never catch any disease, they don’t age, they feel few physical restraints, and are hardly troubled by discomforts like these in our world as well.

A “perfect” personality however would probably not perceive itself as split into two discrete entities – “mind” and “body”, one “superior” to the other, but feel as one, whole entity without intrinsic contradiction, existing in harmony with itself.
Such a being would certainly not see any reason to hide it’s physical appearance from view.

Nogh Clothing #1

Male Nogh fashion

So, finally coming back to question one … as far as it’s not answered already:
Cin’Thele just lost everything she had, including her memories, but also every single piece of matter she might have had with her, before she somehow got into that forest. As she is Salharin, she, probably unlike a female human, just doesn’t care much about the absence of cloth.
There just are lots of other questions to worry about at the moment.

Lost in Translation

But not the meaning.
It’s just the schedule.
I’m waaay behind it now.

Book One’s English tranlation is finished now for some days – except that damn title – any idea I have is blown to pieces immediately again, because that particular title is already at use somewhere. Most prominent examples so far:
“The Dark Side Of The Night”
“The Darkness Inside”

If someone of you wants to make suggestions on a nice title that somehow captures the mood of the German original “Diesseits der Nacht”, please feel free. It will earn you a line in the book’s credits (and you’ll be mentioned here too, of course).

What’s still left of work, is the ‘mechanical’ part, the rather tedious job of filling the text snippets into their pages – this is, where things got stalled at the moment. That is so, because it is my job, and I have been busy on drawing ideas for book 2 quicker than I can forget them again, and had absolutely no time (and mood, to tell the whole truth) to exchange this type of work by the other one.

However, I started to tackle that beast today. The first about 20 pages are done, and work proceeds quickly at the moment.

Caveat: I cannot grant the absence of another switch-over to book two scripting & scribbling. ^^

I’ll keep you posted.