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Book 7 page 18

Comic #696

Author's Comment

Raven wasn't supposed to be a main character.

Originally, Blitz was just supposed to have an irrational fear and hatred of black birds. Then I figured that there might actually be some malevolent force that inspired that fear. At around the point of development in my head where The Raven was becoming the big baddie of the story, Raven (our Raven) was supposed to be only an extension of The Raven that would occasionally cause havoc by taking over Blitz's mind and forcing the heroes to fight him while trying not to harm Blitz.

Then (in my head) Raven and Credenza started talking, and I suddenly realized the potential for a completely new character. I knew at the time to try making a character like this would be hard. After all, for most of the series so far he hasn't even been able to interact with very many people.

But I'm glad I did. Now he's almost as much of a driving force to the story as Credenza. Raven is one of my favorite characters to draw, though at the beginning this was because he was so easy to draw and color. Now that he's human I have great fun drawing his expressions and his big beakey nose.

Incidentally, "Trouble is a Friend" by Lenka is in my mind the themesong for Credenza and Raven's relationship (whatever kind of relationship it is).

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Literary pedigree

Posted 00:33
Sat 02 January
by admin

The story behind the middle name Poelorne and baby Danyil himself:

Once upon a time, two friends of mine Sarah and Doodles wrote a story, their two main characters eventually getting married and having children. One of the children of these two characters was Deliza. Sarah and I wanted to do some silly writing on the side of our more 'serious' projects *snort*. Since at the time Mikel wasn't in Arch yet and I had been wanting to experiment with his character we wrote lots of silly scenes together with Mikel and Deliza who to our surprise got married (we're not sure how they managed it without us knowing). We thought they worked so well together that Sarah and I agreed that Deliza should be Mikel's wife in the actual Arch storyline. Thus we have little Danyil here, who comes from not only a proud royal lineage in the world of Archipelago, but a story lineage spanning three separate minds. The names of the original two characters from Sarah and Doodles' story were Lorne and Poe, so Danyil's middle name derives from the names of his grandparents.

The story behind the first name Danyil:

I thought it was cute.

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