05/04/16 No Man's Land 13


A bunch of questions last strip. Sorry I've been so mum!

Many about the design of the alien, to which I have little good answer. Looks good, scary, and I know that if I were pressed to the wall I could make up a good explanation for it. Regarding the drum pattern, I prefer to leave much of the alien actions in the comic as a mystery (which is a major theme that the characters have discussed), but allow it to say that it is a form of communication for them.

Foxglove was not "removed" because of spotlight hogging. The brief separation is simply due to storytelling and charter development.

As far as my travels, yeah, I have been a bit quiet. Mostly because I've been working furiously non-stop. I just finished a 2-month art residency in Crowsnest Pass, an area in the southern Rockies of Alberta. Because of that I was working ALL the time for a couple months beforehand to get two months ahead on work. Much of this was done int he last place I was "living" in Glens Falls, NY. And then a month in Reno (Cedra, my romantic partner in crime, had an art show at the museum there).

Then I was working to create a comic of Cedra and my stay in Alberta. Tons of writing, photo referencing, pencilling, and inking. In the end it took the shape of 176 pages. All written and sourced, although only about 1/3 pencilled and inked.

Now I'm doing some visiting in the Pacific NW while getting back on the work track for Anna Galactic and Little Dee. About to spend 3 weeks holed up in a rental in Eugene OR for some more crunch-working. Then up to Vermont for about 3 months for more work (and another new project).

Anna Galactic is still slated to end in probably late August (give or take a month or so), so I'm also developing possible ideas for "what's next," including working on a script with Shaenon Garrity and also fiddling around with a possible concept for a Spacetrawler sequel (which I won't do unless it feels really really good and right and fun).

The Little Dee book seemed to do well in its release. I don't have any numbers, but I hope they're good because my editors say they will commission a sequel if that is so. Any sales/promotion/reviews you do help that along. :)

So yes, my apologies for being so distracted. it's only been because I've been working hard. But I read EVERY comment and appreciate all the support. And I'll try to be more present.

Little Dee, Tue & Thur


I'm always amazed at how long parking lot snowbanks last. Like little glaciers.


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12/24/15 Epilogue 04

123 master grey

P.S. - Don's been working on and posting a lot of work on Tumblr. Check out his new stuff.

[a message from Don Ahé, the artist of Yontengu]

Hi Readers,

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read Yontengu. I appreciate that Christopher let me stretch my  drawing arm on his platform, and letting me grow as an artist in his arena.

I met Christopher as a fan of Little Dee, shortly after I started Road Apples Almanac. Dee 's art and humour placed it as an all time favorite of mine right along side Cul-De-Sac, Calven and Hobbes, and Krazy Kat.

The best way to grow as an artist is to keep drawing and pushing yourself, I needed to get out of my anthropomorphic cartoon bubble, this project was tackled for that reason and so I could say I finished a book. Which I now have, thanks to Christopher, who offered to write a story and give me a chance to show his audience!

Working with Christopher was great, he handed over a basic script with few suggestions and let me do what I wanted, if I had story concerns or suggestions he would listen and most of the time make the changes I thought would help, (there weren't many). He let me expand a 104 pg script to 123 pgs, to pace it the way I liked. In turn Christopher rarely made any art suggestions unless I asked, or it was crucial to the story. At the beginning when I was have some personal problems he roughly thumbnailed the 5 page Earthling, Annaarden chapter for me. Thanks again Christopher!

I wish you all a Happy new year, thanks for reading!

Sincerely, Don Ahe.

P.S. I hope you enjoyed reading Christopher's story as I did bringing it to life

[a message from Christopher Baldwin, the author of Yontengu]

Hi Readers,

I'm writing this because Don did, and I like the idea! Thank you all for following us with Yontengu.

When I first read Road Apples Almanac, I was delighted. I loved the nostalgic feeling, both innocent and sophisticated, reminding me of Krazy Kat and Nausicaa other comics. I was happy to finally meet Don during one of the years I tabled at TCAF in Toronto, and without hesitation mentioned that if he ever wanted to collaborate, it would be my pleasure.

And what a pleasure it was when he asked! He had asked for an oldie classic sci-fi feel about a young woman who can fly, and I took to it with enthusiasm.

but the exciting thing for me is to see him take that idea and bring it to life. it's odd being a cartoonist and have someone else (who you admire) adapt your work. They make many choices you would not make, but if you admire them, they become fascinating wonderful choices. I am thrilled with how Don brought out the material.

And there will be a printed collection to be sold through TopatoCo, but we won't have it all pre-pressed and printed until probably February or March.

best, Christopher

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