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@Mort Harris: Also, whoops! Managed to bury this deep in the comic, so if you came here yesterday and didn't see this, that's my fault.
IF IT'S AFTER JUNE FIFTH AND YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE START OF EPISODE FOUR, GO TO THE NEWS PAGE 'CAUSE I HAVE A PRETTY BIG NEWS


So, sorry about not posting anything Friday; I’m in a bit of a mental state. That said, this is the development drawings I was talking about, and I would like to hear your opinions about the evolution of the comic.

The first thing is, what are y’all’s feelings on me not erasing most of the pencil lines once I ink? I think it makes the art a bit more dynamic, but I’d like to hear my readers’ suggestions.

The second thing is, what about the lettering? You know what my ordinary printing looks like, but what would you feel about the slightly flowery lettering I can also do, or using different fonts for different character voices, and/or using speech bubbles?
If you're wondering why I spent three whole pages on this guy saying not very much, that was kind of intentional - Nat & Noah solve problems by talking. This guy doesn't.

And that's the end of the episode! I'm going to take a one-week break while I prepare for the next one, but I'm going to be posting some development pages in the meantime, so stick around!
This guy!

(will i ever get tired of that? no)
In their campaign, it breaks down as follows:

Luke is the DM; his Underdark campaign is an homage to, by which he means ripoff of, Sunless Sea. It’s generally a lighthearted and heroic campaign, which of course means that he drops plot, sorrow, and horror on the players when they least expect it. Yes, he wears a robe to DM.
Nat is Iknik Blackstone, a lawful neutral-to-good drow Mastermind rogue with the Waterdeep noble (technically Akleshgaad merchant, but) background. She’s basically just Iknik Blackstone Varrick, complete with appreciation for women and science and with a burgeoning “con-shunse”.
Perry is Ssillissk Sawtooth, a neutral good lizardfolk Gunsmith alchemist with the folk hero background. She has a secret ancestry as the queen of the lizardfolk, a secret passion for dressing up fancy, and a very nonsecret gun. Perry has big plans for when the nerd lizard becomes queen.
Danielle is Taamas Zhr’tasz, a lawful good duergar Order of the Immortal mystic with the city watch background. They are disgustingly pure-hearted and given to cheesy speeches. This is a calculated effort, because if you act like the big dumb hero who only uses their mind to manifest claws, nobody suspects that you are also capable of deduction.
Noora is Field-of-Garfish, a blatantly chaotic evil tabaxi Archfey Pact warlock with the guild merchant background. He is the cartoonishly evil teammate, always on the lookout for a deal, whether economic or Faustian. Noora is the only one who listens to TAZ at the moment and she is of two minds over whether to let the others in on the joke or keep them from realizing what she’s up to.
Noah is Floran Ararat, a chaotic good tiefling Oath of Vengeance paladin with the urchin background. The name and horns come from Noah’s trollsona, the alignment comes from Noah not really understanding the alignment system, and the rest is Noah completely misunderstanding the tenor of Luke’s game. Luke really doesn’t want to keep anyone from playing what they want to, but Floran is edgier than a razor blade factory, and Luke’s having a hard time keeping the others from having fun with Floran’s tonal dissonance.

Luke's house layout, and the sun chips, are taken directly from my highschool D&D group.
Notes on their Discord handles:

Floral Batmobile (Noora): just her general aesthetic.
sexy sandworm humanization (Nat): don’t look for this.
cardboard Zac Efron cutout (Noah): a reference to a Homestuck post I inadvertently helped to make viral.
Tjardigreid (Perry): a pun on tardigrade and Tjardus Greidanus, maker of the infamous The Final Sacrifice (MST3K experiment #910).
[S] Jupiter: Ascend (Danielle): a pun on Jupiter Ascending and Homestuck orthography.
cool motive, still cannibalism (Luke): a paraphrase of a Jake Peralta quote from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, related to Luke’s interest in Fallen London, which contains frankly an unconscionable amount of cannibalism.
I figured out a way to post the chatlogs that (I think) will not horribly kill the site!
Today's is a DOUBLE UPDATE; Smackjeeves won't let me change which page I display so I will be posting the secondary update at NOON. If you have come here from my mirrorblog and it is after noon on Monday, kindly click the next button to see the second part of the update.
NO COMICS THIS WEEK, BUSY FINISHING HOMEWORK BEFORE FINALS AND SUBMITTING COLLEGE ENROLLMENT DEPOSITS
This is not a double update, for which I am sorry. My attention was focused on making another, arguably more important comic .
Sorry about the wait! I am, however, fully refreshed from my travels, so that's good.
I am travelling this weekend, so the Monday update may not go up until the afternoon. I'll have time to draw, but I will be away from my scanner.
Tried inking Nat's hair with a felt-tip pen. Not going to do that again.
I have had this scene in my head for at least a year and it's really helped me get a handle on Nat's character, and I'm glad to finally be putting it up here.
Sorry this was late, but I do actually feel well-rested now, so.
I am so glad to be able to draw Noora's tusks and claws overtly rather than merely hinting at them. She looks so much more natural to me that way.
@Krixwell: Thank you! I think a lot of resistance to having fictional characters in real-world fandoms comes from Fair Use issues - it's fair use to mention brand names in a work of fiction, and it is fair use to mention the title of a real-world work of fiction inside another work of fiction (Homestuck's existence is a fact, I don't have to ask permission from Andrew Hussie), but mentioning actual characters/events from a work is more of a nebulous situation (does "Terezi Pyrope was blinded by the machinations of Vriska Serket in Homestuck" count as an objective fact? I'm not sure). My defense is that I do not now intend to profit from Beechwood & Bloom - it is a story I am creating for my own and others' enjoyment, nothing more. For authors looking to publish on the mainstream market, it would make sense to be more conservative.
All that said, I am gratified by my accurate portrayal of fandom. I started getting into fandom when I was about the B&B characters' age, so a good deal of it is personal experience, but it makes me glad to hear that I can put that into fiction. I am glad that you enjoy it.
The last panel was deliberately uninked to represent Noora-vision.
I'm sorry it only turned out to be one update this week. My spring break begins Saturday, so this week has been a bit crazier than usual. Should be back to normal next week.

(Also, for the curious, Danielle's legal name really is Danielle Terezi Schwartz. The middle name her parents gave her didn't have a feminine equivalent, she got into Homestuck before she transitioned, and she's a NERD. She usually says it's an alternate form of Theresa.)