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Beneath The Clouds

A comic of ghosts and gunpowder, set in Heian Japan. Guaranteed to be the best graphic novel about 11th Century Japanese exorcists that you'll read all week.

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You're right. I don't think they could have talked their way out of this one though.
September 27th, 2017
From what I've heard about the treatment of the Emishi, invoking the emperor was probably a bad idea.
I motion that this is a bad move...
Putting in the effort to give them all distinctive face shapes really paid off!
Cheers Daishadar
:) Horses tend to act up in my comics for two reasons: 1) disproving the horse-as-vegetable trope 2) I am a bit scared of horses and I hate riding them
Horse archery was super popular in this period so you'd probably need a reliable horse.
September 13th, 2017
That poor horse looks utterly traumatized. It didn't ask for any of this (although I've heard that the breed samurai used was known for being bad tempered and ornery, so maybe it did))
oh dear, no good deed goes unpunished.
@daidaishar: Thanks. Water is a bit of a pain though!
@daidaishar: Thanks! I'm glad you are enjoying it.
Agreed! Its pretty cool that your art never seems limited by set of colors it. All the ideas come across really clearly.
Just found this comic and I love it! Both the art and story feel very unique and well done!
This page was a late addition to the chapter. Genza is still pretty angry about his exile. So I thought he should be a little bit more conflicted about saving the Emperor.
I don't have much to say about this page. I guess that means it's successful?
This was a comic page, but my beta reader thought I had too many pages of scenery, and it makes quite a nice cover.
I'm not sure whether there should be this much blood when someone's hit by an arrow (the arrow itself apparently plugs the wound), but the red looks effective, so I'm leaving it in.
I watched security footage of fights before I drew this page. It wasn't fun research and I don't think it paid off.
This page is an example of how the colour red is saved for Serious Stuff.
Some monasteries were very rich and powerful. Ancient Kyoto was built in the early Heian period in an attempt to put some distance between the government and the very powerful Buddhist centres in the old capital of Nara. Kyoto is now home to well over a thousand Buddhist temples,some of which are world-famous, so this strategy may not have been successful. It's plausible to assume that a monk might have money, especially if he's connected to the Imperial Court.
The stylish skull in the third panel was stolen from Stan Sakai's comic Usagi Yojimbo.
A bit of artistic licence here- I'm not sure whether you could actually cut off someone's hand with a knife like this. Medieval knives needed sharpening a lot.