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I'm currently a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Film and Animation. I'm currently drawing and writing the web comic "Talismans" which can be found here on Smackjeeves and also on the website: Tapas.
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    Ryan Keefe
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End of Chapter 1
December 26th, 2017
Rounding of Chapter 1
So... not quite as long a wait as the previous page.

I had hoped to get this page done before Christmas as I had free time over the winter break, but I got a bit backed up by travel and this backgrounds for this page took a bit longer than I expected.

On the plus side, I'll probably be able to complete Chapter 1 before the New Year! Happy holidays everyone!
December 14th, 2017
Late Update
I apologize for the amount of time it took to produce this page. My end of semester projects put this comic on the back-burner for around 3 weeks, but now I should have more time to work on this comic over winter break. To add to this good news, I have several WIP pages backlogged so it shouldn't take nearly as long to finish the latest batch of pages.
October 29th, 2017
Apologies for Hiatus
I'd like to apologize as it's been around three weeks since I previously updated with a new page. This semester's work load has been picking up over the past month and I've had trouble finding time to stay on top of this comic.
October 11th, 2017
All the rules have been laid bare.
Oh boy... I see those tears. Well, I wanted insight into their society/culture and I got what I asked for- and it's really heartbreaking.
The Rules:
Two down, three more to go...
The Rules:
Five rules for five wishes. Erin and Rian are about to be educated about what one is prohibited from wishing.
And the narrative device of the day is...
Genies! This comic is my own personal take on a genie narrative which I've wanted to do for a very long time with some modifications to the traditional formula. Points to anyone who figured it out early (though I'm not sure I was as subtle about it as I was trying to be).
Time for drawing...
The funny thing I'm finding is now I can draw these pages faster and better than I used to now that I'm more accustomed to a drawing tablet, but I currently have far less free time than I had previously to be able to draw.
To be honest the plot thread that's interesting me the most right now is why the Old Thean language seems to be taboo. Is it just a personal thing for Eko's grandmother, or has the language become unacceptable to use in society as a whole. Did the opposite side in this war speak Old Thean? I'm getting really curious.
A Week and Some Change
This page took a little bit longer than a week to finish and I apologize for that. I've been busy with my first job. I aim to get out at least one page per week, but I can't make any definite promises on a concrete schedule.
The Story Begins Now
This isn't the end of Chapter 1, but this is the end of the "prologue" of the story. After this page the story truly begins, at least in my opinion. The first 17 pages are akin to setup for the main story line of the comic.

I'm excited for the future of this comic. I have so much planned for this story and I'm glad that I have the opportunity to tell it.

Also: two pages today! What a treat!

(Edited on July 8th to correct the panel flow. Originally, the top left panel was absent thus breaking the left to right reading flow.)
My second official edit to this comic (the first being some facial drawings and proportions on page 1, but I fixed that page before I posted my comic on Smackjeeves). I fixed some of the inconsistent proportions to the room. It's not perfect, but it better reflects the spatial characteristics of the chamber from the previous pages.
Top-Down Perspective
Ooh boy that top-down perspective. It's hard to do right and make convincing. I think Erin looks alright, but I know Rian is probably a little bit off. I wasn't going for a totally way up head and shoulders view, but I'm not sure the perspective on him is exaggerated enough.
Better Drawings
I'm really happy with how this page turned out. I'm very proud of how the glow effect and rattling effect for the necklace in the first and fourth panels turned out. I'm also getting so much more comfortable drawing human figures. Erin in particular was difficult for me to draw in the beginning, but I think I've really gotten a handle on her facial structure. It's a shame that I have to go back and cringe at pages 2-5... They will receive a face lift eventually, I swear!

Feedback and constructive criticism is always appreciated!
Thoroughly Impressed
I just rammed through your entire comic in about 3 days. I remember I'd read the first couple chapters a few years ago and I was surprised at how dark you were taking it. Now, reading what you have created up until this point I'm finding myself just so absorbed in the world you've created.

This could have easily just been some run of the mill story about a trainer who goes to 8 gyms and maybe loses a few Pokemon along the way because of this story being a Nuzlocke, but I love how your story has taken the events in the game and reworked them into a much darker story line altogether. It really gives a weight to the plot and makes the story of the Kanto games really fresh again. I also think the idea of all the Pokemon being able to talk is cool. It's so much more refreshing than just having one special Jesus-allegory psychic type get the ability to speak because plot-demands.

Finally, I'm also greatly impressed that you've continued to use traditional watercolor paint over the years. I can't even imagine the investment that must be, but it's lead to some beautiful art being created in the process.

I love you comic and I can't wait for more to be released. I wonder how the Kanto regions Elite 4 will play a role in this story.
A comic with a style and tone all its own
I just ran through the first 47 pages (all that's been posted as of June 13) and I really love the aesthetic and tone you have going on with the pixel art vibe that emphasizes colors you'd see on a medieval scroll. I feel like I'm watching the cut-scenes of an old SNES era game and also being told an ancient fable of some bygone civilization at the same time. I'm really interested in seeing where you take this story.

On a side note, old bird lady seem to be summoning the dead and I am both skeptical and nervous about the events that may proceed thereof.
Vague Start
I've decided to keep my comic's premise intentionally vague for the first chapter. I like having that feeling of not knowing exactly what you're going into; it's just so exciting and I hope that I can replicate that for the readers by keeping the premise as vague as I can before the readers delve in.