My fiancée, the one and only D.Chestnut, drew up a lovely fanart of Othello, enjoying a comfortable spring night after a day spent tending to thyme and sage his herb garden.* Happy birthday to me!
*Half-truths.
EDIT: Now available on FA! If you like the piece, feel free to fave/comment~

My fiancée, the one and only D.Chestnut, drew up a lovely fanart of Othello, enjoying a comfortable spring night after a day spent tending to thyme and sage his herb garden.* Happy birthday to me!

*Half-truths.

EDIT: Now available on FA! If you like the piece, feel free to fave/comment~

Damon’s #1 fan is looking more than a bit starstruck. Love that issue of Episode 08 he’s clutching! XDYou’re My Number One by LucianTheLugia

Damon’s #1 fan is looking more than a bit starstruck. Love that issue of Episode 08 he’s clutching! XD

You’re My Number One by LucianTheLugia

theprideoflife:

Hey, PoLsters! We’re counting down the last days until updates begin on April 2nd, and doing so with a daily PoL factoid! If you’d like to learn things you never knew you never knew, why not take your pretty little selves over to Twitter and scope ‘em @prideoflife?Fact 1 for you, fresh off the griddle

While I’m desperately trying to stay awake to make sure the page I queued to post does so correctly, I thought I’d be nice and gather up all the factoids from the Twitter countdown:
In PoL’s earliest development, superbeasts were originally called “Godbeasts”, creatures whose powers were granted to them by God.
Originally, the Zapatos gang was to be headed by two gryphon brothers. They were nixed in favor of “Daddy” Valdez at the last minute.
Vulfpachts are born with spots which begin to fade around 10 years of age. Tail spikes come in b/t ages 11-12, and fully erupt by age 17.
"Daddy" Valdez’s design mixes the features of a blue and gold macaw and a kakapo. Like a macaw, the white of his face is actually bare skin.
The World Tree, Yggdrasil, bears fruit each time a previous eater of its fruit dies, but can only produce a maximum of two at any time.
A human component must be added when turning non-sapient creatures into superbeasts. Otherwise you’d just get a super-powered wild animal.
The Vulfpacht originated in an earlier comic, “Mutant Wars.” There, they were called ‘Tarqans,’ a blanket term for its various cat mutants
The major economic hubs of the Forested Cont. are the port city, Eirkein; the avian city Sasamel; & Asterius beyond the Benendant Mountains.
While all Myods are capable of self-transfiguration, few can physically transform others. That said, Othello is a bit of a rarity.
PoL wouldn’t be what it is without you beautiful reader persons. I hope we can continue to have fun together. <3

theprideoflife:

Hey, PoLsters! We’re counting down the last days until updates begin on April 2nd, and doing so with a daily PoL factoid! If you’d like to learn things you never knew you never knew, why not take your pretty little selves over to Twitter and scope ‘em @prideoflife?

Fact 1 for you, fresh off the griddle

While I’m desperately trying to stay awake to make sure the page I queued to post does so correctly, I thought I’d be nice and gather up all the factoids from the Twitter countdown:

  • In PoL’s earliest development, superbeasts were originally called “Godbeasts”, creatures whose powers were granted to them by God.
  • Originally, the Zapatos gang was to be headed by two gryphon brothers. They were nixed in favor of “Daddy” Valdez at the last minute.
  • Vulfpachts are born with spots which begin to fade around 10 years of age. Tail spikes come in b/t ages 11-12, and fully erupt by age 17.
  • "Daddy" Valdez’s design mixes the features of a blue and gold macaw and a kakapo. Like a macaw, the white of his face is actually bare skin.
  • The World Tree, Yggdrasil, bears fruit each time a previous eater of its fruit dies, but can only produce a maximum of two at any time.
  • A human component must be added when turning non-sapient creatures into superbeasts. Otherwise you’d just get a super-powered wild animal.
  • The Vulfpacht originated in an earlier comic, “Mutant Wars.” There, they were called ‘Tarqans,’ a blanket term for its various cat mutants
  • The major economic hubs of the Forested Cont. are the port city, Eirkein; the avian city Sasamel; & Asterius beyond the Benendant Mountains.
  • While all Myods are capable of self-transfiguration, few can physically transform others. That said, Othello is a bit of a rarity.
  • PoL wouldn’t be what it is without you beautiful reader persons. I hope we can continue to have fun together. <3
Early access + Readership survey results

Hi, PoLsters! Patrons, today’s the day! If you’ve pledged $5 or more, you’ll find the first early update available in my Patreon Creations tab, and every Monday thereafter. Everyone else, never fear! You’ll have a hot, fresh PoL page waiting for you on the main site/Weasyl come Wednesday.

Also, if you don’t follow me on FA and haven’t already caught this, I thought you all might like to know the results of the readership survey from a couple weeks back.

Of 171 participants:

  • 133 (78%) identified as male/men
  • 32 (19%) identified as female/women
  • 4 (2%) identified as neither
  • 2 (1%) identified as ‘other’

And in the listed age groups:

  • 129 (75%) were between 18-30 years of age.
  • 33 (19%) were between 31-41.
  • 6 (4%) were between 13-17.
  • 3 (2%) were 50+ years of age.
  • There were no readers less than 12 years of age.

The results were not at all surprising, though I thought female readership would be a bit higher (around 25%). I am glad that there were no readers less than 12 years of age, as PoL is a bit too intense for young readers at times. I was pleasantly surprised to see a sprinkling of 50-plusers in the audience, too! PoL’s demographic isn’t broad by any means, but I’m happy to see that it’s something readers across age ranges can enjoy.


I’m playing around with animation a little bit, and what better way to get my feet wet than to do something complicated like cigarette smoke? :P Nothing extraordinary, just wanted to see if I could make a quick little loop with what little animation/Flash know-how I have.

Starting with page 06, I made the switch to producing PoL in Manga Studio EX 5, and it’s really made a difference in line quality versus inking in Photoshop. I find I have to go back and clean up my lines a lot less, can switch between custom color palettes more easily compared to PS, and its story mode makes keeping track of pages a breeze.

Starting with page 06, I made the switch to producing PoL in Manga Studio EX 5, and it’s really made a difference in line quality versus inking in Photoshop. I find I have to go back and clean up my lines a lot less, can switch between custom color palettes more easily compared to PS, and its story mode makes keeping track of pages a breeze.

Hey, PoLsters! Thanks to the hard work of my homiest homey, C.A. Morgan, the PoL site is back with a fresh and clean new look! Not only that, but we&#8217;ve implemented some features that will make your reading life easier, as well as some reminders of ones you may have missed.
New Features:
You can now browse pages using the arrow keys! Your days of clicking are over!
For non-US readers that can&#8217;t access the site, all current PoL episodes and future updates are available on my Weasyl account (individual folders are listed to the left).
Following PoL on Twitter? You&#8217;ll get an auto-update when a new page is posted, so no worries about forgetting to pop in on Wednesdays.
The Ask the Cast comics now have their own archive on the site, for when you need a breather from the main story. Just mouse over the Archive button and it&#8217;ll present itself properly.
As you might already know, I&#8217;m trying to make PoL into a full-time deal, and any little leg-up I can get would help. There&#8217;s still a ways to go yet, but if you&#8217;d care to lend a hand in some way, here are a few ways you can contribute!
How you can help support PoL:
Spread the word! Have a friend with similar tastes in comics? Why not introduce them? Ideally, I&#8217;d like for PoL to be a fun and inclusive experience for all its readers, so the more the merrier!
If you use an ad blocker, please consider adding prideoflife.com to your whitelist. Half the site&#8217;s ad revenue is dependent upon views, so allowing ads to display during your visit would be appreciated. All circulating ads are SFW, and don&#8217;t include anything obnoxious like auto-play sounds or rapid flashing colors.
Become a patron! If you have a couple of bucks to spare on the regular, please consider becoming a PoL patron via Patreon. You&#8217;ll receive different rewards based on your pledge, not to mention getting early comic updates! 
If you don&#8217;t fancy recurring payments via Patreon but still want to contribute, please consider making a one-time donation instead! You&#8217;ll see just below the page nav buttons, there is now a donation meter. If the target amount is reached, I&#8217;ll post an extra page the last Thursday of the month, making two updates for that week!
That&#8217;s it for now! Be sure to come back next Wednesday for the start some serious superbeast action~

Hey, PoLsters! Thanks to the hard work of my homiest homey, C.A. Morgan, the PoL site is back with a fresh and clean new look! Not only that, but we’ve implemented some features that will make your reading life easier, as well as some reminders of ones you may have missed.

New Features:

  • You can now browse pages using the arrow keys! Your days of clicking are over!
  • For non-US readers that can’t access the site, all current PoL episodes and future updates are available on my Weasyl account (individual folders are listed to the left).
  • Following PoL on Twitter? You’ll get an auto-update when a new page is posted, so no worries about forgetting to pop in on Wednesdays.
  • The Ask the Cast comics now have their own archive on the site, for when you need a breather from the main story. Just mouse over the Archive button and it’ll present itself properly.

As you might already know, I’m trying to make PoL into a full-time deal, and any little leg-up I can get would help. There’s still a ways to go yet, but if you’d care to lend a hand in some way, here are a few ways you can contribute!

How you can help support PoL:

  • Spread the word! Have a friend with similar tastes in comics? Why not introduce them? Ideally, I’d like for PoL to be a fun and inclusive experience for all its readers, so the more the merrier!
  • If you use an ad blocker, please consider adding prideoflife.com to your whitelist. Half the site’s ad revenue is dependent upon views, so allowing ads to display during your visit would be appreciated. All circulating ads are SFW, and don’t include anything obnoxious like auto-play sounds or rapid flashing colors.
  • Become a patron! If you have a couple of bucks to spare on the regular, please consider becoming a PoL patron via Patreon. You’ll receive different rewards based on your pledge, not to mention getting early comic updates! 
  • If you don’t fancy recurring payments via Patreon but still want to contribute, please consider making a one-time donation instead! You’ll see just below the page nav buttons, there is now a donation meter. If the target amount is reached, I’ll post an extra page the last Thursday of the month, making two updates for that week!

That’s it for now! Be sure to come back next Wednesday for the start some serious superbeast action~

Hey, PoLsters! We&#8217;re counting down the last days until updates begin on April 2nd, and doing so with a daily PoL factoid! If you&#8217;d like to learn things you never knew you never knew, why not take your pretty little selves over to Twitter and scope &#8216;em @prideoflife?Fact 1 for you, fresh off the griddle

Hey, PoLsters! We’re counting down the last days until updates begin on April 2nd, and doing so with a daily PoL factoid! If you’d like to learn things you never knew you never knew, why not take your pretty little selves over to Twitter and scope ‘em @prideoflife?

Fact 1 for you, fresh off the griddle

Are there any kind of coming of age rituals for the various races in PoL? Are they akin to hazings from sororities/fraternities or more ceremonial in nature? I'm especially interested in the gryphons for... some reason. XD

Hi, Lobodragon. Thanks for the ask!

The only race I’ve thought about in that regard are the avians/gryphons, which I imagine involves some sort of air acrobatics or navigating a group flight to some specific destination. The second is actually pretty important given how much travel mobility plays into that race’s success, so proving you can handle getting from Point A to Point B is a sure way to prove to your bird community that you are The Guy.

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(Gif from ”Leafy, A Hen Into the Wild,” for those wondering)

what was nickles' childhood like?? abusive, happy, sad? what about daddy valdez?
Anonymous

Hi, Anon!

We’ll start with Nickles. He and his older sister, Penny, were hatched to a physically abusive father and emotionally distant mother. Their father was a hot-tempered guy who would often raise his fist to his kids and wife if things weren’t done exactly as he instructed, or otherwise didn’t meet his expectations, or whatever other petty thing that happened to set him off at any time. Their mother, meanwhile, seemed to be perpetually depressed and was unable to step outside of herself to be available to her children (though this may have been the result of her husband’s abuse). Penny ran away during her teens, which was likely the most impactful event of Nickles’s childhood, as she was someone he looked up to, as well as the only person he felt safe around. Though they eventually reunited in adulthood, their relationship isn’t as it once was.

Valdez, on the other hand, was hatched into a more positive environment, a working-class family with few troubles. His parents encouraged him to be a strong person and not let his handicap hold him back. While his deformed wings meant that he would never be able to fly, he at least had size on his side, and could very well take care of anyone foolish enough to bully him. Probably a little too well, in fact. For better or worse, he caught the eye of a Zapatos Gang recruiter in his late teens (then under the management of “Daddy” Kane) and began doing work for that crowd. His parents were vehemently opposed to their son hanging out with sketchy characters, but were eventually swayed by the money he brought home and the higher standard of living that came with it.