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What better way to celebrate an October full of ink practice than with an entire month of octopus puns? I hope y’all are ready, starting tomorrow shit’s about to get 31 flavors of real.

What better way to celebrate an October full of ink practice than with an entire month of octopus puns? I hope y’all are ready, starting tomorrow shit’s about to get 31 flavors of real.

morglea asked: Oooh. Jona sounds interesting! The whole story, really. How old is she? What are some of her favorite childhood memories? What about least favorite?

Glad you think so! She’s definitely going to be a challenge to write, but one I’m excited for.

Jona is fifteen by the time she shows up. As far as memories go, she has a lot of generally positive ones associated with her community, but ones that stick out would be the first time she kissed her Betrothed (similar to a fiancee) and learning she would be apprenticed to an ironworker (kind of a big deal). 

There are two qualifiers for least favorite, and they both have to do with one of the downsides of her faith: her father is the community’s executioner. As a reincarnation-based faith, they believe that when someone commits an irredeemable sin, the only option is to send them to the next life and hope they learn. 

So Option A for Worst Memory is the first time she saw her father execute someone, when she was seven.

And Option B is the first time she saw a ghost afterwards, directly contradicting the faith she’d kept for fourteen years.

terriblenerd:

Welcome to a much-belated Character Thing Sunday! (Which will probably be reposted in the morning since I’m so late today.) This week’s weapon of choice is Jona Vandervale. 

Who? Jona Vandervale. She’s super underground, you probably haven’t heard of her. 

Okay, hipster smartass, what’s she from? A young adult novel I’m working on, part of a series called Sainted.

What’s her deal? Jona is from an isolated religious community that the existing government largely leaves alone, primarily because they fulfill a very specific and important need for that government. Up until recently, she was apprenticed to one of the town’s ironworkers and headed for a happy marriage in a year.

"Until recently"? Yep. There’s a widespread disease that gives its survivors various mental powers. Jona’s faith considers Pride to be the source of all evil, and sees those powers as the manifestation of Pride because they give mortals the ability to interfere with their god’s predetermined plan. (And one other big reason, but that’s major spoilers.) Sadly they have no way to avoid infection either. Instead, they wear power-inhibiting restraints for life. Unfortunately for Jona, her parents messed up the process, and she accidentally developed a very blasphemous ability to heal people. After being exiled, kidnapped, and enduring other exciting trials, she grudgingly joins the main cast while wrestling with the conflict between her abilities and her faith.

So she gets kicked out of a cult for being able to save lives, and gets homesick anyway? Jona’s faith actually has a lot of good mixed with the limitations. They don’t believe in gender roles (the hoods are required for everyone), they don’t police people’s personal lives to much degree, and their justice system is mostly ‘don’t be a dick’. She also had a family and a job and a healthy, stable relationship that was working out great. Even if her powers give her the ability to help people, it’s hard to argue with fifteen years of ‘don’t mess with God’s stuff.’

Is she wearing a rainbow poncho?? No, I’m just not good enough with watercolors to adequately convey “undyed general fabric” quite yet.

Morning reblarg, since this went up at hideous-o-clock last night!

Welcome to a much-belated Character Thing Sunday! (Which will probably be reposted in the morning since I’m so late today.) This week’s weapon of choice is Jona Vandervale. 

Who? Jona Vandervale. She’s super underground, you probably haven’t heard of her. 

Okay, hipster smartass, what’s she from? A young adult novel I’m working on, part of a series called Sainted.

What’s her deal? Jona is from an isolated religious community that the existing government largely leaves alone, primarily because they fulfill a very specific and important need for that government. Up until recently, she was apprenticed to one of the town’s ironworkers and headed for a happy marriage in a year.

"Until recently"? Yep. There’s a widespread disease that gives its survivors various mental powers. Jona’s faith considers Pride to be the source of all evil, and sees those powers as the manifestation of Pride because they give mortals the ability to interfere with their god’s predetermined plan. (And one other big reason, but that’s major spoilers.) Sadly they have no way to avoid infection either. Instead, they wear power-inhibiting restraints for life. Unfortunately for Jona, her parents messed up the process, and she accidentally developed a very blasphemous ability to heal people. After being exiled, kidnapped, and enduring other exciting trials, she grudgingly joins the main cast while wrestling with the conflict between her abilities and her faith.

So she gets kicked out of a cult for being able to save lives, and gets homesick anyway? Jona’s faith actually has a lot of good mixed with the limitations. They don’t believe in gender roles (the hoods are required for everyone), they don’t police people’s personal lives to much degree, and their justice system is mostly ‘don’t be a dick’. She also had a family and a job and a healthy, stable relationship that was working out great. Even if her powers give her the ability to help people, it’s hard to argue with fifteen years of ‘don’t mess with God’s stuff.’

Is she wearing a rainbow poncho?? No, I’m just not good enough with watercolors to adequately convey “undyed general fabric” quite yet.

Anonymous asked: I want to see The Professor jump a canyon in a stolen volvo. Will that be in the webcomic?

It happens considerably before the actual story begins, so if it shows up, it’ll be in a flashback. However, there are quite a few of those, so anything is possible!

Anonymous asked: Did Annie ever untie that one kids hands from the train tracks?

Ehhh, she tied him up with plain old fabric. If he can’t weasel his way out of that, that’s a personal problem.

Anonymous asked: So what kind of music do they like Like is annie a rock gal and ginger a classical guy or. ?

Annie likes a fine blend of classic rock (think Tom Petty, the Eagles, Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones) and acoustic guitar. Rodrigo y Gabriela albums are her kryptonite in the best way.

The Professor will tell you that he considers Vivaldi to be superior to Mozart for most occasions, that Beethoven’s 7th was his finest, and that if the greater masters are not available, Miles Davis and John Coltrane are an acceptable alternative. 

What he won’t tell you is that when he gets really wasted he can do a great rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart, and other assorted 80s Power Ballads.

Anonymous asked: WHAT DO ANNIE AND GINGER SMELL LIKE

Lots of things! Annie sometimes smells like cigarettes, frequently smells sweaty, and never really stopped smelling like dust. She has no One Shampoo/Soap To Rule Them All so any perfume-y business is strictly from hotel toiletries and varies as such.

Ginger smells like a dude who pays to keep his laundry pristine, washes religiously, and worships at the shrine of Old Spice and Straight Razors for an hour on the daily. (He’s kind of a priss like that.) He also has a little bit of old leather smell going on from his coat and his books.

Anonymous asked: What happens when Annie does get cornered?

Same thing that happens when you back any scared animal into a corner. It gets out or it dies trying. Annie’s knack for collateral damage is comparable to the Battle of the Bulge.

Anonymous asked: Worst memory?

That honestly depends on when you ask Annie that. There are some strong contenders, but one very clear winner. All of ‘em are spoilery as hell, though. :]