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Whispers of the Swallow

Whispers of the Swallow

by hmniay
Stories of daily life in a world where humans, beasts and spirits live in false harmony.

Reads right to left! Warnings for blood and violence.
Updates irregularly, half a chapter (~7 pages) at a time.

Tumblr: https://whispers-of-the-swallow.tumblr.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yainmh
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Pages
78
Updates
Weekly
Last Update
3 Weeks Ago
Fans
24
Readers
6

Whispers of the Swallow

Stories of daily life in a world where humans, beasts and spirits live in false harmony.

Reads right to left! Warnings for blood and violence.
Updates irregularly, half a chapter (~7 pages) at a time.

Tumblr: https://whispers-of-the-swallow.tumblr.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/yainmh

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Miya (Guest)
September 9th, 2019
THAT SPIRIT LOOkS SO SCARY OH MY GOSH I think I would cry if I encountered that
hmniay
September 9th, 2019
I got distracted by another project midway so this took much longer than I expected Orz

I fixed some panel art and typos in past pages again. They're pretty minor so the only one worth mentioning is the pinyin for 氣: chi -> qi. I'm not familiar with pinyin so I picked the wrong system option when using the translator. Sorry for the confusion.

I've also decided to add back the honorifics that the character originally used to address each other (e.g. Haku: "Huang-san"). The "way of addressing" can play a subtle but significant role in asserting a character's personality and emotion, and I really don't want to drop this after all.
WindowMaker
June 18th, 2019
> K.O. by the sheer power of POTATO CANNON!!

Seriously, I really like how expressive you made them in fighting. It's like they are cheering on the sport at the same time.
Guest
May 27th, 2019
This comic is awesome! Beautiful art and interesting stuff
@Graffitigero3o: Thank you!!!
neat
your drawings are so pretty. I love this comic.
WindowMaker
April 3rd, 2019
Ah! That blackhead from the 2019 new year picture!
http://whispers-of-the-swallow.smackjeeves.com/comics/2721904/happy-2019/
hmniay
March 31st, 2019
@Miya: Thank you for reading! I hope to give all them good boys more screen time :DD
hmniay
March 31st, 2019
@Guest: Thank you!! I'm glad you like it!!
Guest
March 31st, 2019
im loving all of this so far!!

Been looking for a new read and this really hit the spot, i love the style and story, especially the whole world and environment created. really creative!
Guest
March 31st, 2019
im loving all of this so far!!

Been looking for a new read and this really hit the spot, i love the style and story, especially the whole world and environment created. really creative!
:D
Great update as usual! I'm so excited to see what'll happen! ALSO A NEW CHARA!!!! ALLEN!!! DOGGOS!! ALL THE GOOD BOYS
hmniay
March 30th, 2019
I'm back!! Ended up taking much longer than expected because there are just so many unfamiliar things to draw... But I think I'm getting the hang of it o<-< At the end of the chapter is some extra comics and art. I didn't include ones that feature not-yet-introduced characters or alternate universe, but they can all be found on the WotS Tumblr & Twitter!

I also made some edits to past dialogues and panel art; they're pretty minor but I'll be happy if you do choose to re-read it from the start :)
hmniay
February 9th, 2019
According to the twitter survey, most of you prefer a longer & irregular schedule but bigger update over small & consistent ones. This also works out better for me, so starting next update I will be uploading half a chapter at a time, whenever I finish. Meanwhile, I will still be posting wips and doodles to the WotS Twitter (https://twitter.com/yainmh) and Tumblr (https://whispers-of-the-swallow.tumblr.com/). Thank you for reading this far and see you soon!
hmniay
January 26th, 2019
It's kinda hard to keep it up weekly (and also too slow paced imo) so I think I'm going to combine updates into an every-other-week schedule... so next update is Saturday 2/9!

Bonus comic: https://whispers-of-the-swallow.tumblr.com/post/182331608499
(I'll eventually post all extra comics and drawings here at the end of each chapter)
hmniay
January 24th, 2019
@WindowMaker: Thank you for noticing that! Apologies for a long answer:

I modeled their environment after Taiwan - or I should say part of, because it has a long, complicated history of colonization by the Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese and Han Chinese - with the political context taken out. At home my family speaks a mix of Mandarin, Hokkien ("A-") and Japanese ("sensei", "-san"), using whatever vocab that is most accurate. This is common in Taiwan, especially for families who have elders born before WW2. Nicknames with the structure "A-" + <Mandarin/Hokkien name> + <Japanese honourifics> are not uncommon.

The word I actually wanted to use, though, was 老師 (teacher), but I didn't want to transliterate it since it's not a familiar word for English speakers, nor translate it to "teacher" because it doesn't include the meaning of doctor/master in English like it does in Mandarin, which would make it a weird way to call a herb shop owner. "Master" is not really suitable for someone his age either imo. So sensei it is... I'll come back to edit it if I find a better word.

(Originally Haku was supposed to refer to Huang with -san, too. I can't decide if I should keep it or not, so I left it out for now.)

Since it's mostly a translation issue, in additional to that I want to take the real life politics out, I'm probably not going to explain it in the story/context of their world. Their world is not ours so I can't really say which language(s) they're speaking, and it won't matter if they're speaking 1 or 3 anyway (plot-wise), so please interpret it as you like.

p.s. The buildings in their city are also a mix of Minnan, Japanese and Dutch styles (although much hasn't been shown yet lol), just like how it is in Taiwan. The appearance of the street where Haku's shop is located is based on an old street in Penghu.
WindowMaker
January 23rd, 2019
I felt some dissonance when hearing "ah-" and "-sensei" in sentences next to each other...

- Aren't "ah-" part being Chinese, while "-sensei" being Japanese?
- Which language granny was speaking in-story?
- Or she just switched language when she talked to Huang?
- In the city that Haku's apothecary resides in, which language(s) is(/are) commonly used in conversation?
hmniay
January 8th, 2019
@WindowMaker:
Ahh sorry I kinda assumed most readers came from my tumblr and have seen them before > <

They're some of the ocs I've doodled over the years! WotS exists solely to build a world for them, so in other words they'll all show up at some point (one of them later this chapter!) But for now, no one besides Huang and Haku have made an appearance in the comic yet, but I do post drawings of them to the WotS tumblr/twitter (links on top right of the desktop site or mobile homepage) if you're interested :)
WindowMaker
January 7th, 2019
1. Are they all the cast of Whispers of the Swallow?
2. If not, which of them aren't?
3. Which ones in this picture are going to be introduced on the next chapter?

The only ones introduced so far seemed to be just Huang the Mercenary, and Haku the Healer (redhead and whitehead on the N/E side of the table), or did I miss any cameo?
Miya (Guest)
January 5th, 2019
What a fun read! I'm rooting for you author!! Have fun with your OCs! BUILD THAT WORLD! EXPLORE THOSE IDEAS!!