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Alexis_Royce
Heya!

I've been drawing Evil Plan since 2007 and Sire since 2010. Both update once a week. Even when I crave death, the pages won't let me stop drawing them. I am married to a tanuki who rolls around in the mud and identifies wild plants (twitter.com/chibisilverwing), and our daughter is an awkward pionus. I love them both very much.

I table at anime and comic conventions! Check out my schedule and other art here: www.alexisroyce.ink

I also make highly inappropriate visual novels. They're free over here: https://alexisroyce.itch.io/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alexis_Royce

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexis_royce/
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Posting this comic from the wife and my new home! We're still doing some unpacking, but we're mostly moved in now. Our parrot Toro is settling in nicely, too. <3

Man, it has been a wild year, and it's not even over yet. And it's been non-stop stress since at least July. I wanted to give you all a big thank-you for leaving more comments lately. They've been a huge pick-me-up this year especially. I'm grateful that so many people are following with such gusto!
Whoo! My apologies for the state of this page. The wife and I are moved into our new home, and have been unpacking. The internet isn't quite where I want it yet, but I'm working on that, and I got my computer back from the shop. These past couple months have been really hard. My family's been pretty shaken up on multiple fronts.

But I feel like we're finally past the worst of it. Things are slowing but steadily improving. Thanks for sticking around. Means the world to me.
Since you know all three of their sires, you might at this point be able to guess how all three of their powers work, and how they differ. I really like how each of them has a radically different view on the correct way to use the abilities they have.

Also! I'll be at Grand Rapids Comic Con this weekend. And this is the most I've looked forward to a con in a good, good, long time. There are a lot of stressful, terrible things that have been going on in the past couple months, but it looks like they'll all be coming to a resolution of sorts in the next week. Cons are a work environment for me, but they're a work environment where I get to listen to people talk about comics, games and books. I love my work.
Of course, Pellos' abilities and his struggle should come as no surprise to patrons, who got to read about it over here a while back: https://www.patreon.com/posts/pellos-profile-3766684
Ah yeah, I remember that trapdoor.
Shaded my pencils this week; my apologies. Things have still been pretty wild. But they're starting to look up. I'm starting to feel really optimistic about the future again. Nearly out of this pit.

Thank you so much for sticking with me through this. I'm looking forward to getting back on the weekly schedule with regular pages again soon, and once Evil Plan is done, I'm gonna build those extra pages back up. Don't know what I'd do without you.
Fake out with the rock, then powerslam through two stories of lab.

Well, KIND of a powerslam.

Not really.
The company's shields are there to ensure that their main characters are safe and bad guys always have poor aim. They don't really care where the bullets go, afterward.

Also! Megan's colored the last couple weeks' pages! Please go check them out!
Very useful for making people.

(...do what you want.)
Whew! Chapter's a little over halfway done.

Also, looks like Dynamis never got around to fixing that leak in the armory. And it got worse, right when she ran to get her hands on a better gun. We all know how much she just LOVES water...
@eekee: Honestly, it's one of the reasons why I posted it. Superhero comics have really ruined death for themselves. You NEVER assume that someone's dead for good in a genre that so frequently retcons and doesn't have the nerve to actually kill off a character. I could have shown him get graphically trampled to death, I guess. But this isn't an R-rated comic. XD

But yeah. This body ain't getting back up.
@Guest: Heh, it's actually interesting how that character in the crowd turned out. I modeled him off a character with blonde hair, like Will's. Someone who's a huge sweetheart, who would have cried over Kinesis, and been the PERFECT person to have around in a time of emergency like this.

But this crowd would have been a nightmare for Megan to color if I'd sent her coloring instructions for every person in there. So it was just supposed to be a little secret for me and a couple other people.

And I like that the brown hair happened, and that this new meaning springs up. Now, maybe we can also think about how Kinesis is harming himself, too.

That's one of the great things about sharing what you make with other people. That Megan can add something cool to it (Pages just plain aren't done til she colors them! Her authorial word is vital, too.), and that readers can have really great ideas, too.

So it was a coincidence. But now it's not. Readers are writers, too. ;)
Currently figuring out what our update schedule will be in the future, but for now, let's at least get this page's grayscale version up.

I try to let my comics stand on their own, because I put a lot of thought into them, and I'm worried that I'll look like some kind of David Cage or Peter Molyneux, when you look at the gap between my ambition and my capabilities. It's usually better to stay quiet and let something be what it's gonna be. But I've got something here about my side of working on this thing that might be worth saying. Y'know, as a writer.

The whole idea behind Evil Plan, back in 2006, was that one moment in superhero stories. Where the villain's plan is crumbling around them, and they start to yell out, "Noooo, how could this possibly be?! How could I possibly FAIL!"

And it's such a cliche, you know? Those lines just pass in one ear and out the other. It might as well be a sound effect. But that kinda stuck in my head. How does a lone crackpot get so convinced that they can use violence and technology to take over the world? It would have to be an emotional thing, right? Arrogance, and getting locked into this future you see for yourself. That you've worked so hard on something, that you need to win. You deserve to win. That was the, I guess you'd call it "ethos" behind writing Evil Plan? To make people really think that the bad guy was going to win this time. That Kinesis could do it. That that moment would actually sting. That when he asked "how could I possibly lose," his crushed hopes would hold some weight with the readers.

And then a decade later, I, uh, cut that line. Aheheheh.

For dumb little Stanley Alfred Hurst, taking over the world was always a way to recapture a relationship. A time when he was happy. A time when, unbeknownst to him, he was taking advantage of Will. Someone too emotionally weak to stand up for himself. That relationship was unhealthy, and it colored his expectations of what a healthy society would be like. Will was focused on him. Took care of him. To the exclusion of anyone else. The world, too, should do all those things for him. Kinesis was in too deep, so that even when that person did finally stand up to him, Kinesis rejected and murdered Computer too. Kinesis doesn't want real human connection. He wants to be coddled. He doesn't recognize Alice as an equal until he thinks she's murdered someone for him. I think he knows, deep down, that what he did to Will is messed up. That's why he lashes out over and over at Lime.

The first drafts of the end of Evil Plan had Kinesis slowly bleeding out from battle damage, trying and failing to make that connection with Computer. I, obviously, like this better. He should have appreciated the diversity of the people in the world around him, instead of hating on them. If he hadn't supplanted them all with Will's mind and weaknesses, maybe enough of the people on this page would have been clear-headed not to push in. Someone out there would still be driving an ambulance. These injuries really don't have to be fatal. It's not his fight with Kevin that kills Kinesis. It's the sea of wailing, frightened Williams, deprived of any Computer memories, any ability to understand what's going on or act accordingly. It's just ONE person, en masse, freezing up and making the wrong call.

So in the end, I never even wrote that line. The one that the whole comic was written for. But it's good to be flexible, and to see where things take you. And I hope that that feeling is still there. Evil Plan's always been about wanting to see the Bad Guy Win.

And what it feels like when he doesn't.
Hey all! I am so, so sorry for the radio silence. You all deserve better than this, and I feel miserable that I dropped the ball so hard on this.
If you'd like to read ahead and help me focus more time on Sire, please support me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/alexisroyce
Sorry that this one's still rough. This summer's been a little difficult to handle, and I'm having trouble staying on top of everything. I'll spare you the sob story, and focus that energy on continuing to get pages out! ^_^

If you'd like to help me focus more on Sire, please support me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/alexisroyce
Canta's actually signing the word for "gifted" in that last panel; so there will be some translations that are more figurative instead of directly literal. I don't know BSL, so I'm always willing to learn from someone who might know it (or ASL or similar languages). If there's anything I'm getting wrong, or anything you feel I could do better, please leave a comment and let me know!
Coloring by Megan this week.
I was a little happier with this earlier in the sketch stage, butt that first panel's still good. And Canta's always fun when she's creepin'.
Oh, so you can look at more people from up here!