I’m liking the colour palate on this town so far. And have to wonder why Flint’s not inside with the rest of them (and why Eli isn’t dead yet). (And how long it’s been since the last town.)
It’s a bit hard to read the first two panel’s speech bubbles. Not sure if it’s intentional, just letting you know. Glad to see the return of NTO.
I love the way the bright light from the window outlines the posse in white.
Things unsaid, but clearly evident in this scene because this comic/art/story is fucking fantastic:
-Racism isn’t much of a problem here (not just because of the waitress/cafe owner, but because no one objects to the blacksmith at the table).
-We’re still far enough out on the frontier that it’s OK for men to lay their hats on the table or not take them off at all.
-That is some damn fine coffee.
erin pls. I know you use the tiny text to indicate something being hard to hear, but when things are hard to read it’s annoying for the viewer, imo. couldn’t there be some other way to indicate, like lighter text?
also it’s still readable, idk if it’s supposed to be or not
So glad to see this posting. Like My_Little_Annie, I love the beautiful clear light behind the men. And the different approaches to etiquette (each carefully considered for the character), and the way the quest has brought these different men all together around this table.
Eli outside sets up the tension for the next page… everything seems in limbo (paused for breakfast) except for that. There he is on the bench, gloves still on, no fine china for him.
Arnly, I think you mean Flint out side sitting on the bench. And your right, no fine china for him, just a tin mug with his morning joe. But I’m not sure why he’s there with the rest of the posse at all, cause the last time I saw him he was riding down the hill towards Miss Black. I guess we’ll find out as this chapter unfolds.
I really like that second panel 😀
UH-OH, Syd’s a coffee addict. ;D But seriously, it is a beautifully illustrated coffee pot and cup. Right down to the stripping and design on the pot and cup to the steam rising from the cup. Erin, how do you do it? Never mind, don’t tell me. Let us just drink this all in. 😉
Now, my dear Erin. As mentioned above regarding the words being said as if we are entering the room and overhearing the on going conversation. Very nice effect, IF you’re watching a movie or tv show. Sadly it is really hard to read the words. AND WE REALLY WANT TO READ THEM. Even when I do the “ctrl +” to enlarge the page they just come out blurry. So Erin, is it possible to maybe make the words more readable? Please? As for the rest of the page. Beautiful. The lighting, the development of the characters, everything down to the last detail is just wonderful to take in. Thank you. You really need to talk to a movie mogul and get this on the silver screen. Please consider this.
The intermission comic was one of the best uses of a hiatus I’ve ever seen, but I’m excited we’re back to the main story! ^_^
For all those who can’t read the words in the first panel (and yes, they are hardly readable):
“…took off with our mules!”
“Then what are those nags you rode in on?”
“Well, we got ’em back! But there’s no gettin’ back the life savin’s worth ‘o dynamite and minin’ hardware she blew sky high back in Sun Praerie, is there?”
And in the second panel: “I got it worse! Can’t work, owin’ to her! Can’t grip a damn hammer.”
“Well, it’s no matter, been no – ”
The rest should be readable. And except for the former owner of the black stallion, they all look solidly out of place in that posh establishment, except for Flint, who looks quite comfortable on his bench with his no-fine-china mug.
Ah, Monday morning coffee…
…with Next Town Over.
I have no issues reading the text. Yes, it’s small. So are the details in the fine china, the coffee pot, and everyone’s facial expressions. Granted I’m reading the comic on an actual monitor, rather than a tablet or something.
Welcome back, Erin! Hope your break was restful.
It is so nice to have you back, Erin. Your artwork and story lines were very much missed during your brief hiatus. NTO just made my day.
glad your back! cant wait for next installment. By the way I don’t mind the small dialog balloons. I figure that’s just because they just engaging in small talk.
Had to put on my glasses to read that tiny text.
Well, as a few folks picked up on, the small text was meant to indicate barely but not entirely audible conversation; muttered words in a busy restaurant that resolve as the action focuses on the speakers. It’s not important dialogue and I didn’t mean for it to be legible, but I made it JUST big enough to [apparently] irritate folks with trying to read it, sooooo … apologies, I guess. I’ll keep it in mind next time.
This is definitely one of the best webcomics out there, and with 5300+ to choose from, that’s saying a lot.
I follow a few already whose stories I like, and the artwork and layouts quality-wise vary from very good to excellent.
While I’m not a big fan of Westerns, I must admit the sci-fi themes in this one have me intrigued.
The science is plausible and while there are obvious differences in this alternate universe, everything else is the same.
The dialogue is well played out and the pop cultural references I mentioned in some of my previous comments, intentional or not, do stand out.
What really stands out is the realistic artwork, in full color no less. The layouts are well done and as others have commented, the lighting, shading and other effects are superb.
I’ll definitely follow this one from now on.
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