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Alia explores an unknown world full of danger. Harkening back to classic explorer stories, she keeps a cool head and curious eyes.
Patreon backers will get not only to see the comics a week early but also a translation of the near-indecipherable text on the journal pages. While the text on these pages is for “decorative purposes,” they are fun (and hopefully funny).
Testing out two new sets of color, I tried using only the included colors. It was hard! But a nice challenge. One of the two sets included an opalescent color.
I didn’t necessarily want Alia’s handwriting to be my handwriting. I also didn’t necessarily want it to be legible. So of course, that meant I needed to practice a bunch of styles. I looked at letters from the ’40s on Pinterest. I read about graphology and tried to pick things that fit her personality.
And then later found a font that works near perfectly for what I have in mind…
About the Creator
Angela Boyle is a natural science illustrator and cartoonist. I received an MFA in cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2016. The Brazilian tapir is my favorite animal, only partly because it has a mohawk.
I am the author of Maker Comics: Live Sustainably out from First Second in 2022 (art by Les McClaine) and run the natural science comic anthology Awesome ‘Possum (four volumes so far). I currently freelance proofreading for Chelsea Green Publishing, and freelance graphic design work for First Second (including the Clash of Clans series). You can read more of my work at angelabcomics.com.