The Seal and the Skraeling

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The Seal and the Skraeling is a comic written and illustrated by Iron Eater. It first appeared in Artists' Special 3 and can be found at s2b2.livejournal.com/259274.html and www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/the-seal-the-skraeling/.

Summary[edit]

A period piece, this story deals with some unexpected flotsam washing up on the Greenland shore.

From fail-fandomanon.dreamwidth.org: "Comic strip. A Skraeling saves a Norseman. Black and white, cartoony but enjoyable hurt/comfort story with huddling for warmth."

Connections[edit]

This comic's characters return in the story Lands of Green in Days of White, having managed not to kill each other by then.

Media[edit]

This comic was inked, toned, and lettered in Photoshop.

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Artist's Notes[edit]

Twenty-four pages is a lot of pages. Especially if you've not done something of that length before. Especially if you're not comfortable with all-digital inking. Especially if you change your mind about the art style halfway through. Especially if you're limited in time and energy due to a cruddy retail job. It's a miracle this thing actually exists, and while it's aged a lot as far as the art is concerned, I'm still happy I made it.

The plot for this one got fussed with a bit--the Norseman originally had his second brush with death while delirious and wandering in the snow instead of being swept out to sea a second time--but in the end things worked out for the best.

For those wondering, they're somewhere along the southwestern side of the landmass, and it's during a brief window when neither group is trying to actively murder the other, definitely before the 1300s. The Skraeling is technically a member of the Thule people, though he wouldn't call himself that because what is up with weird European languages, anyway?