the page: Saturday Oct 08, 16

Page 23 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.

The reason I specified last page (Page 22) was the “last full-rhyme page of ‘Battlemon’” is because I consider this page to be a “slant-rhyme”. We’ve seen the action on this page twice before, and the last time we saw it, it did rhyme. This time we’re seeing it from Bunners’ perspective.

Partly that’s because I’m an artsy douche, but it’s also because there’s a few things different on this page, and one of those things is meant as a surprise. FIRST, it’s not a work day like it was on those other pages, and SECOND, Racia is smiling today. Presenting the action the way we did on Pages 11 and 15 would’ve diminished the impact of that difference by showing it early and throughout. Plus, moving our perspective to Bunners’ eyes helps visually sell the idea of difference on this page. See? I’m manipulating you. Is it working?

Is engaging in art criticism of my own work functionally the same as hand-holding? I hope not, since I’m probably not gonna stop doing it. Some of you will probably find this interesting. Or annoying. I’m okay with being seen as annoying, though. That’s way better than being seen as boring.

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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