the page: Thursday Sep 22, 16

Page 18 of 26 pages.

This blurb was written when this comic page first went online. It might not accurately reflect the current state of the RACIANTAU project. Consider it a piece of history.

A milestone page!

As a child I never learned to hold a pencil correctly, thought my way worked. Wasn’t until a few years ago that the fatigue and pain of my “comfortable” grip finally became too much and I started the long/painful process of learning how to write and draw properly.

It was actually a pretty huge problem. It still is even now, because the way I was holding my pencil actually left my thumb bones twisted out of place and a lot of my hand muscles scrunched up and tight and swollen from improper use. Practice holding a pencil correctly, a thumb brace, and regular stretching is correcting the problem, but we’re still very much in the process of correcting.

Anyway. The milestone reached on this page is that all the new assets in it and all the coloring was done using a proper pencil grip without ever slipping back into my comfortable (hand-destroying) grip. Hopefully that means the worst is behind us!

Oh wait. I remember my sidebar description now. Yeah, the worst is never actually behind us. We’re right in the thick of it, always have been, always will be. All we can do is cling to our small victories, let go, lean back, embrace the Absurd. Or I dunno, you can probably do a lot of other things. Whatever, man, I’m not here to tell you what to DO.

the story: Battlemon

In a cheap but legally permissible knockoff world in the style of Pokemon or Monster Rancher we peek into the shared lives of a young woman (Racia) and her Battlemon partner (Bunners) as they navigate the expectations society has of them and they have of each other.

the comic: RACIANTAU

An ongoing study in comics, storytelling, and philosophy, RACIANTAU is a comics anthology structured in the form of an essay. The title of the project (pronounced /rɔsiɑntoʊ/) is a contraction of the names "Racia" and "Antau" — the two main characters. The kids try to make sense out of a senseless world of VIOLENCE, IMPERMANENCE, ISOLATION. Anxious about the FUTURE OF OUR SPECIES, they find themselves face to face with the VOID WHICH CONSUMES ALL THINGS. In each story, one or both of them inch closer towards self-realization.

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