Monday, February 14, 2011

Anu-Anulan & Yir's Daughter



New comic up for Valentine's Day! It's a love story, based on an image I drew last fall (which was, in turn, based on a large deal of world creating done several years ago). Click image above to read!

39 comments:

  1. this is beautiful. THanks for sharing you amazing work!

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  2. such a beautiful story, and so perfectly adapted for web format too. Wonderful work <3

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  3. That was gorgeous! ;o; I absolutely loved the panels with the raven on the hair, pausing to wonder why it wasn't as soft as before... so cute! So heartbreaking!
    And then the ending, ahh~ You are a master at comics, storytelling, design and composition ;o; What a lovely Valentines Day!

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  4. This is fantabulous! I will never look at the moon the same way again ^^

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  5. Really a lovely story, thanks so much!

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  6. This is so touching. I love it! Happy Valentine's.

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  7. Wonderful!
    I loved the changes in warmth between the pages.

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  8. Amazing storytelling, amazing coloring, everything it's sooo amazing!!!

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  9. Wonderful! Simply amazing and wonderful! Thank you very much for this truly beautiful story!

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  10. woah! I really enjoyed it, especially the last scene.. for some reason that collage is really powerfull. If you'd publish your stories in a book, I'd totally buy it.

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  11. This is the fabric from which myths are woven... ;-)

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  12. I'm bookmarking this blog the artwork is so good.

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  13. Emily, this is another lovely work! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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  14. This is so, so sweet and beautiful.

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  15. I enjoyed that so much, lovely story and pacing :)

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  16. That was amazing. The story, the art, the format...perfect. Great, great job.

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous (as usual).
    The way your words and panels flow is enchanting. I'll never grow tired of it.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Loved it! You are an amazing artist and story teller.

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  19. Thank you for this. It is stunningly beautiful.

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  20. I was moved by the last page!
    They lived together until they got old~

    Thank you for this lovely story :)

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  21. http://fuckyeahculturalappropriation.tumblr.com/post/3568808319/image-is-a-click-through-well-known-and

    i think this is worth considering.

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  22. @Carolyn: Thank you for pointing that out -- it certainly wasn't what I was going for, but it's important to be mindful of these sorts of things (particularly when it's unintentional), so I've definitely been giving it consideration.

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  23. Two things. First thing: this is beautiful. Gorgeous. Please don't ever stop, and where have you been all my life?

    Second thing: if you look closely, it's pretty apparent that 1) Anu-Anulan is actually *whiter* than Yir's daughter, and 2) FYCA is just a group of really focused trolls implicitly supporting a doctrine of cultural essentialism which is really worse than appropriation in the long run.

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  24. WTF. Will people find anything and everything to bitch about in the most innocent of things?

    Why can't we just enjoy a beautifully written story, beautifully visualized and created for the enjoyment of others.

    Why can't we see THROUGH to the main point of the story, which is compassion and love?

    I'm so sick of assholes.

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  25. This was... mmmm, reeeeally good. Yeah man, I dig it.

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  26. Great storytelling, you should have been a traveling bard! And simultaneously a traveling artist :)

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  27. So beautiful! I am so glad I came across this.

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  28. wow, this is stunningly lovely. valentines junk leaves me bored and drooling, but you melted me. you're a master at evoking immense emotions with subtle, deceivingly simple lines and prose.

    hmmmmmm. i get the fyca people's point about appropriation of the feathers and native imagery, but the tone of the post makes it obvious the writers would have found something negative even if the roles had been reversed. (White woman objectifies and cruelly tricks a dumb, naive, exotic native woman, etc.) tumblr activism is reeeeally hard for me to take seriously. as an artist, it's good to examine your own blind spots, but yeah. imho the post and the person who submitted you to the blog were motivated by about 20% good intentions/legit observations and 80% anonymous/hypocritical/bullying internet behavior. just my 2 cents, and i hope you keep posting your world building.

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  29. That was beautiful, I love seeing your lovely art in comic form (can't wait for my anthology project to arrive!) The story felt very traditional but I loved the ending where the ladies stayed together.

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  30. This. It is beautiful. I am currently showing all of my friends and sharing it on my tumblr.
    Thank you for being such an adorable artist.
    Please make more like this one. c:

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  31. Your work is fucking special! Thank you for gracing the internet with your talent, Ms. Emily. please keep on <3

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  32. I hope you share more of this mythology you've built. As an anthropologist, cultural appropriation is an issue I'm quite familiar with, and I don't see what you've created here as true cultural appropriation. I agree with other responses that the tumblr account in question is more trolling than anything else.

    Your work, to me, draws on a rich variety of traditions from across the globe but is definitely an animal unto itself. I was more struck by what I saw as similarities to the Nordic tradition than North American.

    As someone noted earlier, the reductive interpretation of the "non-white woman/white woman" relationship could be flipped around to support any claim they care to make about racial stereotypes and cultural appropriation. I truly hope they haven't put you off exploring the world you've built because of their trolling.

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