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Ayra
January 27th, 2012
Awww, that's such a sweet page. Yeah, I definitively have to mention again that I love Roxenne's mom :)

" Rox’s smile with her probably won’t change things"

It depends! Well, not really considering you are the one writing the story, but I'll conveniently ignore that bit for now :) If Roxenne's mom is bitter about relationships but that she sees her daughter being happy with someone who is genuinely nice like Seth for long periods of time, she might in time start seeing that not all relationship are bad no matter how horrible her own experiences were.
Ayra
January 19th, 2012
Calocor: Well... If your mother actually still talks to your sister and lets them come over for dinner, there's hope that your mother will eventually warm up to them in time. It's better than the "You are not welcome here anymore until you go straight" that I've seen firsthand... But I agree completely with you that a situation like your sister's shouldn't even happen. Let's hope your mother gets to eventually understand her daughter!

Yeah, I can see Roxenne's mother is pretty bitter... The last panel makes me feel that she's more talking about herself/Roxenne than about the house. But maybe all she'll need is to see her daughter's beaming smile when she's with Seth to change her mind :)
Ayra
January 13th, 2012
Happy New Years "slightly" late! It couldn't be helped, unfortunately...

After reading all this again, the first thing that comes to mind is: "I'm so jealous of Roxenne's clothes cabinet!" :)

It's nice to see Roxenne's being so strong in front of such... nightmarish nightmares. Well, I admit I've liked Roxenne's attitude since the beginning of the story (Beside her overwhelming suspicions but it looks like it's warranted anyway).

I like her mom. She does have some objections, but she just states them and doesn't try to force them or anything like that: Thumbs up to her!

Out of curiosity, how long does it take to do an average Arkaedea page compared to a regular Stitches page? I can't help but notice that there's quite a bit more details on the regular Arkaedea pages (Or my memory's faulty, either or!)

Oh, tiny suggestion: I know it's marked in the comments and everything, but I think it might be a good idea to put a really visible banner that links to Arkaedea on the front page of Stitches: Since Stitches is the comic that's more "linked to" around the web and that some people only read the pages themselves and not the author comments, odds are that there's a fair amount of your Stitches reader that don't know that Arkaedea is being updated (or that new people comming across Stitches and read that don't know about Arkaedea's existence in the first place).
"Thank you!" is really the most appropriate thing I can say...

Stitches definitively took a ton of effort to write and draw. Completely finishing the story obviously required an admirable amount of patience and dedication. You can definitively be proud of yourself for accomplishing this! :)

I've been reading this story for over two years and I've really enjoyed every step of the way. I love both the book and the comic: It's been a rollercoster of emotions all along the way.

I can honestly say that Stitches has been my favorite webcomic I've ever read (especially with such a cute ending)... So a big "Thank you" for making Stitches!
Ayra
October 25th, 2011
Hahaha :) I definitively didn't recall this part from the novel! I think he'd fit perfectly at the job.

I wonder if Lor has enough patience to be a teacher? She always seemed a bit on the impulsive side... But on the other hand, she did actually manage to (barely) tolerate Niki during the early stalking days so I suppose she does have some patience after all :)
Awww, that's a beautiful background! I'm saving the Blue Sky version :)

Considering how I feel when I'm just reading them instead of drawing them... I can definitively see that being pretty sentimental!

I definitively agree all the way with what Calocor said there.

For the house vs bus... Well, in a way Jax reasoning would make sense! While it is an absolutely lovely house, it's still a normal house. On the other hand, magical floating busses are a bit harder to find :)
Ayra
September 26th, 2011
Well, I know it's only me being really silly, but I've been dreading reading the last few weeks pages. Something amazing ending is always bitter-sweet, and I wasn't in a mood to see that yet... And the pages I missed were so good that I've just been obviously shooting myself in the foot instead! Better late than never I suppose :)

I'm still amazed every time at your 'loving' expressions you manage to draw so well!

A plain appartment or a beautiful house surrounded by a ton of blooming flowers, the choice is pretty obvious! Well, unless they are alergic to pollen...

If given the choice, I wonder if Jak would pick the house or the magic bus?

Oh, last three pages are marked as part of chapter 50 instead of 60 by the way.
Ayra
August 15th, 2011
Awww... Last panel is just wonderful! :) Well done!

Drawing butterflies looks so easy to do >_>
Ayra
July 26th, 2011
I'm glad you enjoyed the comic: That made the effort very worthwhile :) Thanks for putting it up on the homepage too, although I notice that it's a bit smaller and scrunched than my original copy which makes the text even less legible... Not that it was terribly easy to read in the first place, unfortunately! I definitively understand now why you use computer fonts for the comics instead of handwritten :)

Warmed seats? That's certainly a bit more luxurious than the school buses over here! Sitting on those seats when it -30 degrees outside was pretty much the exact same thing as sitting on a block of ice. Well, uh... I suppose this particular bus does have a few additional features than just heated seats though :)

Calocor: Ever since Arkaedea started I've been expecting to see at least one human (It does take place in a very open-minded school after all), but it hasn't happened yet... Maybe one day!
Ayra
July 19th, 2011
I'm a bit late to comment, but... Here goes anyway :)

I really liked this part of the book, and it's just as swell in the comic. It's really easy to take all those simple things for granted, but... There's a lot of people around the world that simply don't have that freedom. So next time you choose a pair of socks, you can feel blessed at how fortunate you are in being able to do so...

And so ends my 'political' commentary for this year, so simply looking foward to all the flowers soon enough :)
It's so sad that they won't get to see the festival, especially after how long Lor's been waiting for it. Well, I suppose that getting freedom and heading toward a long life of happiness might possibly be more worthwhile than attending the festival! :)


"Will the other comic ever be updated?" I can answer that one if there's no change of plans! From the Arkaedea page:
'Don't worry, I'm NOT discontinuing it - I'll be back as soon as Stitches is done, and then when Arkaedea is done I'll move on to the sequel. '
I won't try to answer the other questions though :)
Ayra
June 16th, 2011
Well, that's what I call a graceful landing!

Love Niki's grin there!

For the Nikki thing, well... I'd say most of us know more Nikki's than Niki's, so it's not a too surprising mistake. I'll admit that before posting two of my earliest comments, I had to double-check if it was Niki or Nikki. I don't think I ever got it wrong, but... it certainly was close twice :)
Ayra
May 24th, 2011
*clap* Awesome! That's just lovely!

I've been looking foward to those pages, and they certainly don't disappoint!

Niku's dragon wings don't have anything on Lor's magic butterfly wings.

Regarding the "jump from building" comment last time, I did understand what is happening (especially since I read the book), but I'm not sure every reader that only have seen the comic would. So what I meant was that if you ever do make a printed version of the Stitches comic, it might be a good idea to add a bit of clarity there :)
I got to admit that the last few pages aren't too clear on what's happening (We can infer that Niki threw Niku down and that they jumped off the building but it's not that obvious or certain: Maybe a "jumping off the building" panel would have been a good addition?), but the faces on this page more than make up for it :)
That was a pretty meaningful "yes"! :)

Headlocks are always fun... as long as you are the one applying them!
Ayra
April 27th, 2011
I'm back finally: I'm very glad to see that Stitches is still going strong! And action scenes! We don't see those often in Stitches :) I'm trying to recall if the wonderful moment happens in this chapter or the next one, but... Either way I'm definitively looking foward to it! :)

I can't blame Niku for being slightly pissed, considering everything, but... Tearing limbs off is pushing it a tiny bit!

I knew Gabe could be annoying at times, and I did recall him being annoying in the previous chapter in the book version, but I definitively didn't imagine him being that bad :)

Regarding the library thing... Well, I'll admit that does suck quite a bit. As Mitaukano said, if it's not a "big name book", a lot of libraries don't carry them, no matter how good a book might be.

Plus, the subject might not have helped things. If you were to present it to a local library, you'd get looked at with wide, terrified outraged eyes, and met with shouts of: "Lesbian story? Burn it!!!"

Well, okay, to be fair they MIGHT not actually burn the book, but you'd definitively get turned around in a hurry. I know that libraries in more liberal places would likely respond more positively than that, but I still think the subject wouldn't help in it getting on the shelves. It's sad since it's a story definitively worth reading in my opinion...
Awww :)

I'm extremely late to comment on this, but better late than never!

This was a wonderfully sweet story, thank you for making and publishing it! Sometime, simple stories like those that leaves you with a content smile is just what the doctor ordered. "And they all lived happily ever again" suits me just fine for an ending, especially when it's for such a wonderful loving couple like those two :)
Ayra
February 21st, 2011
Yup, they really should have kicked him when he was down... Where's a dragonslayer sword when you need one? If this were an RPG, they'd find a dragonslayer sword right about... now!
Ayra
February 14th, 2011
All together now: "Awwwww!"

Well, that's what I call a "perfect ending"! They get married, the potential war is stopped and everyone's happy.
Ayra
February 10th, 2011
Normally, I'm against kicking someone when they are down, but... I think it'd be perfectly justified with Niku! :)