2006-10-15 [Zab]: great!
2008-02-15 [Hendercrazy]: Awesome job that you've done so much on this comic [Yncke]. I think sometimes folks don't fully understand how much work, time and effort goes into a comic. Your art has really improved over time. Kudos! :D
2008-02-15 [Yncke]: Yes, indeed, comics are so terribly time consuming. And by the time I've reached a nice number of pages, I think the first ones are just plain terrible. (I'm certain you know the feeling. ;) )
2008-04-13 [Iske]: wouw just awesom
2008-04-13 [Yncke]: Thank you. :) Probably my first big city view ever...
2008-04-14 [The Red Baron]: Commendable, most commendable work, O fellow cerebrate.
2008-04-14 [Yncke]: :) Thank you, O baron.
2008-04-14 [The Red Baron]: You're welcome. I'm looking forward to the forthcoming chapters.
2008-04-26 [Hendercrazy]: Great job on tackling and finishing the latest comic! :) The building turned out really nice. ;)
2008-08-17 [Hendercrazy]: Hey... what happened to the comic page with the building? I know it's late and I'm not with it... but am I really not seeing it???
2008-08-17 [Yncke]: Err... I'm seeing it, just before the newly added page. Have you tried shift-reloadin
2008-08-17 [Hendercrazy]: That is soooo weird! That was the only page I couldn't see (including the new ones!). I just refreshed the page... and now it shows. Reeeally odd. O_O
2008-08-17 [Yncke]: Things like that can happen, the internet is not failsafe :)
2008-08-17 [Hendercrazy]: Good point. Even tech has to get up on the wrong side of the processor every now and again. :D
BTW... great to see new stuff! You're balancing your compositions much better now. :)
2008-08-17 [Yncke]: :D Thank you!
2009-04-06 [deeterhi]: I love your latest page. I think the whole layout looks great.
2009-04-16 [Hendercrazy]: I agree with [deeterhi]! Love the slight perspective looking down at the tavern in the first panel. :) Like the shot inside as well in the next... it helps establish your world outside of the main characters. :D
2010-02-21 [deeterhi]: Very nice pages :) I like the sex scene. You leave just enough for the imagination ;) I must say that from time to time it gets a little confusing about your arrangement of panels and which of them I'm supposed to read first like on page 34. At first I wasn't sure whether to read left to right or to start that way and go top to bottom until I got to the larger panel at the end. I mean, eventually I got it. I just think it would be a smoother read if it was a bit more clearer because it's strange to get to the end of a page and the panel isn't at the exact end. Like for me, page 36 doesn't need that arrow to point down because my eye automatically goes down especially with the other half of the page getting heavier with inking. I'm really enjoying the story, though :)
2010-02-21 [Yncke]: Thank you, [deeterhi]! :D
Yes, I see what you mean with page 34. I've tried to remedy it with the text balloon, now. Does it work for you now, or should I connect all of them?
I was in doubt with the arrow, but I'm personally a rather strong left-right reader, so I've put it there in any case. :)
2010-02-22 [deeterhi]: That works :) I think in future pages you just have to be careful about designing the page with the last panel not being last because I finish and then see a panel I already read and shouldn't be looking at now. I should be ready to look at the next page. Then I go back and re-read the page, wondering if I read it wrong.
2010-02-22 [Yncke]: Yes, you're right. I should keep that in mind. Thank you for that advice. :)
2010-04-13 [Hendercrazy]: I really like that you've developed some good fluidity with your inking over time. :)
2010-05-27 [Hendercrazy]: Nobody wants to do the dirty deed! :P
2010-05-28 [Yncke]: Gotta love military structures to pass the hot potato. :)
2010-06-06 [Hendercrazy]: Whoa! Nice work! :D Would love to see the wall in the last panel of page 39 have some grit and grime to it like you did on page 40. Right now it could be viewed as hollow. Great job [Yncke]! :D
2010-06-07 [deeterhi]: Wow. Page 40 has really piqued my interest. Can't wait to see what happens next :)
2010-06-13 [deeterhi]: Lol. That screaming woman is hilarious ^^
2010-06-14 [Yncke]: I was a bit worried it'd be too much slapstick...
2010-06-22 [deeterhi]: Nah. It's even funnier too because it ends so abruptly. I love the design of the bird man. That must've been fun to ink ^^
2010-08-02 [Yncke]: Yes, it was! :)
2011-08-15 [kians mummy]: I really enjoyed reading this
2011-08-16 [Yncke]: I'm very glad for that! :)
2011-10-07 [9jlriexqk,ktpk]: I liked this comic strip a lot-I did n't like the part where the horse got turned to ice and then smashed though :( but I still loved it.
2011-10-07 [Yncke]: Thank you very much for the comment, it's great that you like it. :) (And yeah, sorry about the horse. It's the demon who did it. :s )
2011-11-28 [Dr.Mandarian]: I like the clear-line style so much! Great how you caught all that difficult movements, the horse going wild, the character digging in the snow etc. And I love the ideas of a winter elemental and the horned ice-demon...
2012-02-19 [Dr.Mandarian]: you're so busy workin'! looks great, again! you're immediatly drawn into "head-cinema".
2012-02-21 [Yncke]: Thanks, [Dr.Mandarian], that's encouraging to read. :D Yes, still busy. Trying to make one page a week, although I have my doubts if I'll make it this week. Too many people invited to that ball... :s
It's "La Quête de l'oiseau du temps" in French. Great comic indeed. :)
Yes, I have the feeling as well that drawing comics is something still different from drawing stand alone images. The basics of drawing apply to both, but somehow the skill set for making a good comic is not quite the same as the one for making a good stand alone drawing. (I feel I'm weaker in the latter department. :) )
A good read about the theory of comics, in my opinion, is Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics".
2012-02-29 [Dr.Mandarian]: One a week sounds good. ( A pity that this new one isn't enlargeable. ) Ah, okay, yes, that's the one. Love the design of the world, the characters - and of course the tricky turn of the story itself...
Yes, right, I agree. But I can see the development of the comic-taletell
2012-06-15 [Dr.Mandarian]: That looks ingenious! ( And you said that you can't draw bricks! ) ;)
2012-09-07 [Dr.Mandarian]: What some great, touching scene! Short and simple, but very moving. You give such beautiful realistic flair to your fantasy world! Thats quite like poetry.
2012-09-07 [Yncke]: :) And the only reason the scene's there is because I needed a bit of page filling to do some symmetry with the following two pages... O:-)
2012-09-11 [9jlriexqk,ktpk]: i love this comic
2012-09-12 [9jlriexqk,ktpk]: good. and sell it. i dont buy comics usually but i d make an exception for this
2012-09-13 [Yncke]: Wow, you flatter me. I have no plans of getting it into print, at the moment, but if that changes, I'll certainly announce it here too.
2012-10-19 [9jlriexqk,ktpk]: what other story type comic art do you make? linkage?
2012-10-20 [Yncke]: Most of my comics are on my website, you can find the link on the wiki page above. It's mainly fantasy, but currently I'm also working on a western short story.
2013-07-15 [Dr.Mandarian]: Adore the bird people, too still! Their pelty bee's faces look so cute and still so dignified somehow. Can't even put the finger on what exactly is the special fascination to their look but yeah, great job! ^_^
Uhm, what other major races do you actually have got in your world, except the humans? Would like to know...
2013-07-15 [Yncke]: Thanks, [Dr.Mandarian]! Their look has taken a couple of years to evolve, but I'm happy with them too. :)
Major races... what's major? In terms of political influence in the area where and the time when the Per'Bat story happens, that'll be the demons, the elves and the bird people. In terms of likely candidates to have side roles, I've assembled some of their representative
2013-07-15 [Dr.Mandarian]: Wow, yes, beautiful, I almost remember them all! Well your world is more similar to a region I think, looking at the map you once made... So you're right, major in terms of race is relative in that case... But they're all great! Lookin curiously forward already, when the races might be introduced, I haven't seen being told yet!
2013-07-15 [Yncke]: A region's more accurate, indeed. Eigen may have a Roman look, but it's really not the vast empire kind of country.
Heheh, that may take some time, though, I'm afraid. ;)
2013-07-16 [Dr.Mandarian]: Yeahs, I read you! ^_^ * wink wink * But thanks so much for making this for me. I already purloined a copy ^_^ ( wonder, how "Evermen", "Windmen" and Vannair" will be like! )
2013-07-22 [Dr.Mandarian]: I like the shadow patterns on the last panel ^_^
2013-07-26 [Yncke]: Thank you. :)
2013-07-26 [Dr.Mandarian]: Wow, yes, these black white shadowing rocks! Amazing landscapes on this one!
2013-07-30 [Yncke]: :)
2013-08-24 [Dr.Mandarian]: gets really exciting, again, now! And I love the intensity of Inspector Marcus' glance / face expression on the last panel!
2013-08-27 [Yncke]: Hm. Thanks for that remark, I just thought of something. :)
2013-11-01 [Dr.Mandarian]: So cool! And you're at such an amazing speed with Per'Bat for such a long time already! Great that you're so long-winded and dedicated!
2013-11-02 [Yncke]: That's mainly because I got lazy with the English translations and I'm catching up now. ;)
2013-12-18 [Dr.Mandarian]: So nice! And I love that Patro Klusp too! ^_^ Ooh, and will we meet the elves and windmen, now as well? *jumps up and down*
2013-12-23 [Yncke]: Thanks. :)
Well, not to disappoint you, but I'm wrapping up this part - it's going in the 60 A4 pages direction, that's good enough for one tome - so, um, don't hold your breath?
2013-12-23 [Dr.Mandarian]: *breathes out...* -lol Well, a tome's fair enough for the first. I take that for a teaser then ;)
2014-01-12 [Dr.Mandarian]: Is this the last page, now? Love the solemn, melancholic mood to the funeral pyre scene any case, caught greatly! And the sword sunken in the ashes feels a little bit like some mysterious hint left open at last... Think I still have to read the comic in whole at your private web site once again... But it's a great, almost epic story! And I love the style you developped over the time, with all the lovely details and nifty black and white contrasts... Chapeau, my friend! Has really become a little masterpiece!
2014-01-12 [Yncke]: Thank you! The sword is the murder weapon, I felt it would give it a bit of a 'full circle' feel.
And no, this is not the last page. There's still a little final but important scene to go. I was contemplating putting 'the end' here, but I just can't.
2014-01-23 [Dr.Mandarian]: Great! ^_^
2014-01-29 [Yncke]: Not done just yet... :P
2014-02-04 [Dr.Mandarian]: Don't worry, still following *wink* and a jolly parade of new, very cool creatures you have up there!
2014-02-05 [Yncke]: I'm very glad you do. :)
And now part two is completely done. I'll be using the rest of February to clean up - make a cover, fix some things, that kind of stuff.
2014-02-05 [Dr.Mandarian]: Aren't you, eh? ;)
Ah, see, how great! Think I'll read the second part again in whole once more, soon... But I still already find it became excellent! And makin a finishing polish for the overall comicbook sounds like a great activity for the rest of the month! Have much fun with that, dearie, and enjoy the completed work yourself! ( It's been a long way to go ) ~greetings
2014-09-10 [Dr.Mandarian]: Hey, Per'Bat as official comic book? That's so awesome, mate! ^_^ ( Just hoped that this would happen one day... ) Chapeau for all the work over there! Where would I be able to order it, then?
2014-09-10 [Yncke]: :) Thanks! I'll drop a note here when I know where you could order it. It's not out yet.
2014-09-22 [Dr.Mandarian]: Excellent, thank you very much!
2015-02-03 [Dr.Mandarian]: This opening really wakes eagerness, that's so nicely thought up again, with that great 'little' plain and the pittoresque mountain realm, but I even already liked that a lot when you first showed me your map of Eigen back then... Only thing on the first image was at first glance that the single pine tree seemed a bit too blackish, but suddenly now on that second image above the blackish pine trees seem very homogenous to the landscape again... So yeah, that scenery looks very lovely indeed. I'm excited what will take place there now. ^_^
2015-02-05 [Yncke]: Thank you for the remarks. :) Indeed, splitting the whole landscape in two didn't work as well as I had hoped it would.
2015-02-06 [Dr.Mandarian]: No, don't worry, if I imagine that two landscape parts as two-parted "diptychon" the overall will surely work out fine. But: How cool, the ploughman stroke a treasure?! Or an artefact?!! I like how often you put spotlight on such wonderfully ordinary people like that in your stories.
2015-02-11 [Dr.Mandarian]: Rather quite the opposite now, yes... *laugh* ( Poor ploughman )
2015-03-19 [Dr.Mandarian]: Very promising plot so far... like the beginning of a mystery thriller... and I like the characters too - especially the three funny guards and the wise lady... Wish they'd all become main part of the storyline
2015-03-19 [Yncke]: The lady is one of the main characters of the two previous issues, so yeah, she'll come back. ;) (She cut her hair as a sign of mourning at the end of the previous part, and while I could use magic as an excuse to give it the normal length again here, I felt it would be more realistic to make an educated guess how long it'd be over the time of a pregnancy and stick to that. It does compromise recognisabilit
I've also got plans for two of the tree guards. O:-)
2015-04-22 [Dr.Mandarian]: Thankgod there's always magic to explain things in a fantasy world, isn't it?... ^_^ But great that you put thought also in the things that happen 'backstage' and: glad, that Per'Bat continues again! Looking forward for those things to come yet...
2015-04-24 [Yncke]: Nobody probably notices most of the things you're forced to think about, but it's part of the fun of world building. :)
Indeed, I missed an update last week, sorry about that. :s
2015-04-24 [Dr.Mandarian]: No worries for the little delay, dear Yncke. And yes, I agree! And I like too that it contributes density and appeal a lot. The story inbetween the scenes, yes... I especially used that as stylistic device for the theatre play I wrote once, like someone suddenly wears his left arm in a bandage without explaining it at all... immediately tells a story too and makes the reader / viewer wonder...
2015-04-27 [Yncke]: Ah yes, theatre is also one of those lovely places where a detail can suggest so much.
2015-04-27 [Dr.Mandarian]: Right ^_^ * wiggles ears *... But over the last years you also sophisticated details in your comics too a lot... Like the landscapes, the interior of rooms etc Or like the way the pregnant lady above takes a seat... That's so marvellously caught, really!
2015-04-29 [Yncke]: Thanks, you're making me blush. :) I've been surprised at how the one page a week thing helps in terms of improvement...
2015-04-29 [Dr.Mandarian]: Yes, wow, it took me one whole year to find out that you blush all the time *laugh* But you needn't, really... ^_^ And yes, I realized that too... Wish somtimes I could click on Per'Bat to embiggen it and enjoy all the tiny details better...
2015-05-13 [Dr.Mandarian]: Love the top image with the mounted carriage escort, the bridgework and the rocks, even the wood of the carriage looks very realistic! ^_^ If you only make the treetops of woods in distant flatland like on the latter panel more like plenty, tiny circletops which mark treetops only hintedly, it would even more look like a forest, for now it could as well be a grainfield... But except that it's perfect! ^_^
2015-05-15 [Yncke]: I see what you mean with the woods. Thanks for the remark! :)
2015-05-16 [Dr.Mandarian]: You're welcome. Well, but I still couldn't draw any rocks that well... nor such vein texture of wooden planks...
2015-05-27 [Dr.Mandarian]: a magic harpist, cool! does he try to rescue the drowning one? he has got a very stylish outlook any case! ( almost looks like I had a new favourite main hero there )
2015-06-03 [Yncke]: Not exaclty, just prospecting. :)
2015-06-03 [Dr.Mandarian]: Ah, okay he was scanning, not bad as well ^_^ But that looks gorgeous, think this is my most favourite page so far... really well-rounded, the harpist with that lovely landcape behind him and the characters on the two following panels... and now the storyline takes up speed too. I'm curious, how that three threads will develop now... The one with the magic sleuth, Tehelon Raa, the one with the pregnant wise lady and the one with the magic harpist investigator. Well, done!
2015-06-03 [Dr.Mandarian]: ha ha and I btw also love the face expression of the small bystander, he doesn't look like the brightest bulb on the chandelier, no?
2015-06-03 [Yncke]: Thanks! I hope to be able to tie the three threads together convincingly in the end. :)
And no, he's not exactly the local genius, indeed. *grin*
2015-06-13 [Dr.Mandarian]: Awesome black-and-whit
2015-06-17 [Yncke]: Thanks. :) I want it to be that quiet almost kind of sleepy type of country which does its best not to draw attention from any of the neighbouring states.
2015-06-18 [Dr.Mandarian]: Fits! ^^
2015-06-21 [Dr.Mandarian]: Very fun and greatly turning around scene, wonder if the magic devastation 'gets a face', now...
2015-07-01 [Dr.Mandarian]: This becomes very exciting! ^^ Tehelon Ra is some very stylish sleuth isn't he? And it becomes more and more mysterious too. But what race are these barbarian archers from? Are they some whole new race introduced or are they windmen?
2015-07-02 [Yncke]: He is doing his best, isn't he. :)
They are the nomads of the Tchahiklaan. They already appeared in the first issue, having killed the group Teholon Ra was travelling with.
2015-07-03 [Dr.Mandarian]: You mean that they already appeared in volume one of Per'Bat right? Yes, wow just skimmed over volume one and cannot even recall that I ever read it! Must have missed that once, while I wasn't on elftown for almost one whole year... But that looks really great, some waterfall turning into a staircase, a smelly demon realm, cat humans and a maginificent tavern scene... And I'm also astonished that you already managed drawing beautiful details and black and white effects of equal quality back then, just like now. Or have you edited volume one awefully lot? You once said that you wanted to overwork volume one completely before you published it.. Well, any case: Looks magnificent. And partly I even can manage to understand the dutch words... Think I'll have to re-read that again. I'd like to learn more about Tehelon Ra anyways...
2015-07-03 [Yncke]: Oh, just a guest appearance, really. Once in the first pages, and once being mentioned at the end. Nothing much. But they didn't pop up out of the blue. :)
I completely redrew the part in the Tchahiklaan. That was really too old, and rather different in style than the rest. If you compare
to for example, I think you'll agree there was a bit of a discrepancy. :)
The rest of the volume was just a matter of retouching here and there, making clothes consistent with later evolved looks and such.
I threw the reworked version online in one go, so if you're only following the comic here on Elftown, you've probably not seen it even if you had been here. ;)
Yeah, there's quite a similarity between Dutch and German. :) But there's an English version too, a little further down the bottom of the Per'Bat page. Hm. I'll have to reorganise that page a bit to make that more clear...
2015-07-03 [Dr.Mandarian]: Ah, okay, because I really wondered ^_^ And yes, definately, I see the big difference on those... Much niftier shadings and accented lines and also a whole different design. ( Even if I like the all black leopard spots on the original catwoman too... )
So the whole intro of volume one is all new then? ^_O Mmh, I see. Well, but it can only be for a very high improvement as far as I could see... Thats a real cool, dense and original storyline there, cool varied scenarios and a lot of great ideas...
Yes, right, Dutch even sometimes sounds like german babyspeech here and there ( for german ears ) just like Danish... But uhm,... only because I'm that narrow minded of course. ;)
But that's a good point, then I can also re-read that in english. Cool! Already looking forward to it. Just have to defreeze from my own Fantasy writing then. Because I lately began to continue my "Moongrail" and am coming further in such awesomely fluent way on the last fourth book atm ;)
2015-07-06 [Yncke]: German is a lot more complicated in some areas than Dutch, I can imagine that just skipping these complications sounds like babyspeech. :)
No, don't defreeze, if you're in the flow, stay in the flow. ;) It's not going anywhere. *grin*
2015-07-07 [Dr.Mandarian]: No, I'm very sorry, dearie, I didn't mean babyspeech in the sense of like a baby would speak, rather like 'sweet talk' because Dutch seems to have such lots words ending with -tje and -ken and -lijn... and that sounds a bit like 'diminutive form' we have in german language. If we want any word to sound petite, sweet and little, we use -lein oder -chen... Like in Mädchen, Schätzchen... that's rather why Dutch sometimes sounds so cute to me I think...
Well, mh, HOPE very much that it will lead anywhere, anywhen... *wiggles eyebrows*
2015-07-08 [Yncke]: Aha. :) They are diminuatives in Dutch as well, especially '-je'. The other two are more historical and not really experienced as such. But yes, it's very similar to German. (And something I often miss in English when doing the translation...)
2015-11-03 [Yncke]: I'm putting Per'Bat on hold so I can concentrate on the NaNoMangO.
2016-07-20 [Dr.Mandarian]: *scratch* "Let's skip that part" "It's my job to know things" "...morons" *snickers* great episode ^_^
2016-07-28 [Dr.Mandarian]: looks amazing
2016-07-28 [Yncke]: Thank you. :)
2016-10-06 [Dr.Mandarian]: Hey, dearie! I still follow you, yes *wink* And I love the lonely desert figure and the landscape a lot again on this. And also that your elemental sprites alter their body size, like they can never always choose how they'll appear to mortals as magical beings. ( That somehow reminds me onto old german mythology and fairytales like the cold heart by Wilhelm Hauff. ) Excellent work, over there any case. ^_^
And I by the way recently continued my own comic again too. Only in sketches for the moment but at least it's completely fixed as a closed storyframe now. Thought that my introduction as a beginning for a cool fantasy comic wasn't that bad at last. And also suddenly felt the eager to start drawing again...
Well and I surely also remind the advices you once gave me when I really start working on the layout as it shall once look like. Maybe also in a slight change of style from all that scribbly shadow-light contrasts to a brighter clear-line-sty
I might send you the finished pages once they are official. Because you might like this or that motive of my fantasy world. And I'm sure you'll like the Tüüm in special... Mh, oh, you don't know what a Tüüm is... But well, it's a timid monster with six legs who thinks that it's a brave knight... You'll see yourself ^_^
~with dear greetings
2016-10-06 [Yncke]: Hey! :) Glad to hear you're still following the story!
The idea about his size is that he's small in summer, and especially so if he goes further from the high mountains, and tall during winter. His size being in sync with his power, kind of thing.
Good luck with your comic, I'm looking forward to seeing it!