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The Archer and the Squirrel

The Archer and the Squirrel

by Tieback
The Archer and the Squirrel tells the story of Lark, a young woman in the pursuit of a better life. When the Colludian King offers a handsome reward for an unusual bounty, Lark jumps at the opportunity. However, things aren't always what they seem in the Draiocht Woods. What started out as a simple hunting trip, turns into something much more… dangerous. Now, Lark must learn how to navigate a new type of hunting ground, one full of secrets and magic.

*This comic updates the first and third Tuesday of every month, but....

*The comic's main site ( www.archerandthesquirrelcomic.com ) will always be one page AHEAD on uploads compared to SJ.

*Also, if you become a Patreon ( www.patreon.com/Tieback ) you get to see the next page FIVE day's before it's publicly posted on the comic's main site!!!
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Pages
79
Updates
On Hiatus
Last Update
3 Months Ago
Fans
496
Readers
14

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The Archer and the Squirrel

The Archer and the Squirrel tells the story of Lark, a young woman in the pursuit of a better life. When the Colludian King offers a handsome reward for an unusual bounty, Lark jumps at the opportunity. However, things aren't always what they seem in the Draiocht Woods. What started out as a simple hunting trip, turns into something much more… dangerous. Now, Lark must learn how to navigate a new type of hunting ground, one full of secrets and magic.

*This comic updates the first and third Tuesday of every month, but....

*The comic's main site ( www.archerandthesquirrelcomic.com ) will always be one page AHEAD on uploads compared to SJ.

*Also, if you become a Patreon ( www.patreon.com/Tieback ) you get to see the next page FIVE day's before it's publicly posted on the comic's main site!!!

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Imola
August 2nd, 2019
Wishing you much luck with all that life stuff and happiness while creating! ;)
Man, this leaves me just more exited.
the wait gonna be worth it, im certain!
Tieback
August 1st, 2019
Hello Lovelies,

A lot has happened over these last few months, and I want to give you an update.

I’ve listened to several audio books, and read many actual books on topics such as story writing, medieval times, comic format, literary writing, etc. I believe this self education effort has been successful. I feel much more capable of creating a good story, and telling it well.

When I started this comic, I only had the beginning planned out. And while creating pages, I struggled to write the remainder of the story on the side. It was stressful. And more than once, I wished I could have changed something on a page that was already posted. I learned my lesson. Don’t start making pages until the full story is set in stone.

I’ve also been working on blending literary form with comic form, and it’s been tricky. I do have a knack for creative writing, but I’ve had much more practice telling stories in a comic format. Right now, I’m on the fence if I’m combining the two forms well or not. If I can’t combine the forms well, I won’t do it. I’ll stick to comic pages only. I know the point was to save time by incorporating written pages, but the quality of the story is most important to me.

I ran into a hick-up with my scanner printer. It broke. It had always been temperamental, but I put up with it because it was the only affordable art quality, large bed scanner out there. No joke, other large bed scanners will put you back at least $2,000. Unable to make that type of financial commitment, I replaced the broken scanner with a much more affordable, but much smaller, standard sized scanner. So, instead of drawing pages on 11” x 16” sheets, I am now redrawing them on 8” x 12” sheets.

I lucked out and found a good month to month to live in while waiting to move into my forever home. But the time frame has changed. Instead of moving in late November, I’ll be moving mid September. I’m so excited, but the the time frame change means things will require my attention sooner than planned.

So, big question, when will updates start?
Answer… I don’t know know yet.

As a person that thrives on setting goals, it kills me to say it. But I don’t know. It took more time than I thought to do research. And the non-comic parts of my life has kept me very busy. As a creator, I don’t want to create just a comic. I want to create a GREAT comic! And doing that takes time.

So, this is my plan:

First, I’d like to refund all my Patreons who continued to support me during my hiatus. I appreciate your support, but since I’m unable to resume updates in August as planned, I want to refund everyone who has stayed, for three months worth of their Patronage. I tried issuing refunds through Patreon already, but it wasn’t working. I’ve sent an email to Patreon to figure out how to make this possible. If they are unable to help, I can assure refunds through PayPal as a “gift”, and I will be contacting you individually to make sure that the refund is going to the right place.

After that is settled, I’m going to close my Patreon account until further notice. And I’m going to resume working on this comic, but at my own pace, while out of the spot light of the web. After I get to a certain point, I may start uploading again, or I might take a chance at getting it published. I’m not sure yet.


Thank you again for all your support!

And as always… Hugs,
Tieback
Good luck and poor cat :( hopefully they are in a better place now.
I ship it.
This comic is amazing! I love the watercolor art and feeling of the story. I wanted to comment when I'm up to date but now I'd like to share my theory before it's confirmed/jossed: Mystery Girl is the White Squirrel.
Imola
March 24th, 2019
Congratulations for the achievement and crossing fingers for all the rest for you! :)
Congratulations on passing your test! That is exciting news.

I'm sorry to hear your kitten passed away. It's hard. They become such a big part of the family and to see them go...doesn't matter how many you've had or how long it's been. *hugs*

I'm interested to see how the story will progress. It's beautifully drawn and colored.
Ehhwa
March 22nd, 2019
Good to hear about your life updates! Congrats!
@RandomEgg: YESSSSSSSSS!!!
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eekee
February 16th, 2019
Hi again Tieback! I hope your test went (or will go) well. :)
As i said before (or at least i think i did) we'll wait patiently, you have all my suport. I mean, we're human and everything
eekee
October 16th, 2018
Ohhh goodness! I did wonder how you found the time to paint such lovely scenes, and I could only guess at how much extra you put in for the patrons. And all of those things you regret not having enough time for are things I think are important too, even the time to do random little projects for fun. I think you've made the best decision here, Tieback. I wish you all the best for the future. :)
Tieback
October 15th, 2018
@claudeb: Thank you :)
Tieback
October 15th, 2018
@Imola: Thank you!
claudeb
October 15th, 2018
Hear, hear. You get well, and come back when you can. We'll manage.
Imola
October 15th, 2018
I wish you all the luck you need, get that security of home and a job, and first of all, get your health back!

All you wrote about are life decisions of great importance, I don't think there will be a single reader out there who won't understand. :)

Hugs!
Tieback
October 14th, 2018
Hello Lovelies,

First off, they finally know what’s wrong! I tested positive for Mono. I tested negative for Mono twice before, but third times the charm. Since Mono is caused by a virus, there is no medical treatment. You just get better, when you get better. And thankfully, I am feeling better.

And now, time for a heart to heart…

While sick, I’ve had time to think deeply. And there are some things I regret. For instance, I regret not spending more time with my friends and family. I regret resorting to quick unhealthy foods, as opposed to taking the time to cook healthy meals. And I regret not having the time to do random art projects, just for the joy of it. This led me to seriously evaluate how I use my time.

Between making pages, doing story boards, producing additional content for Patreons, and working on completing the story’s plot on the side, I spend about 30 hours a week on the comic. My full time job requires 40 hours a week, and I spend another 5-10 hours studying. The time I spend at work and studying is not negotiable, so that leaves the time I spend on the comic.

I brainstormed some ways I could spend less time on comic. One idea was abandonment, which I don’t want to do. Another idea was updating less frequently, which I also don’t want to do. I also could convert the webcomic into a written story, which I have mixed feelings about. On the other side, maybe after some big life stressors get ironed out, the comic’s time requirements might not be problematic anymore.

I’ve run over these possibilities multiple times, and I can’t decide right now. I need more time to think. But even more so, I really need to focus on my test coming up in February. If I don’t pass it, I lose my current position at work. And right after my test, I’ll be trying to get my first home. So, for my health, sanity, job security, and future living situation, I decided that I need to place this comic on a hiatus. Once I pass my test and get a home, I’ll be in the position to decide what to do.

I want to be frank, there’s a chance this comic may end. I don’t like that idea, but that would be the worst case scenario. I also may jump back in, fully charged, with weekly updates. I just don’t know at this time. I have been on such an emotional roller coster. During the first 20 days of being sick, I had 12 blood tests, 2 X-rays, a CT scan, and trip to the ER. And after all of that, they still didn’t know what was wrong. It was incredibly scary…

I’m not sure the exact date this hiatus will end, it depends when I get a home. The latest should May 2019, because that’s when my lease ends. I know that’s a long time away, and I am sorry. But I need to give myself a break as a get better. And I need to fully focus on securing my job, and getting a permanent home. I hope you can understand. Thank you for reading this post.

Sincerely,
Tieback
Pyrouge
October 13th, 2018
Get well soon! I really hope you feel better soon, illness really sucks and I hope things go okay for you.