Exiern http://archive.exiern.com Swords, Sorcery, And Then Some! Mon, 20 May 2019 04:42:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Game of Thrones Farewell – Discordance http://archive.exiern.com/comic/game-of-thrones-farewell-discordance/ http://archive.exiern.com/comic/game-of-thrones-farewell-discordance/#comments Sun, 19 May 2019 04:00:30 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?post_type=comic&p=10029

This week’s page is a fantastic image by Rivenis, creator of the surreal fantasy webcomic Diskordia, this page comes to us all the way from the sunny isle of Barbados. It’s actually a coincidence that this page ended up debuting on[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

This week’s page is a fantastic image by Rivenis, creator of the surreal fantasy webcomic Diskordia, this page comes to us all the way from the sunny isle of Barbados.

It’s actually a coincidence that this page ended up debuting on the same day as the final episode of Game of Thrones as it wasn’t originally planned that way. This work was in progress for several months and was actually intended for something else some other time.

Then I came to learn recently that the very last episode of this incarnation of a story in this show’s universe was going to be on this date. You see, unlike all the people I know and work with who don’t watch or read any of the numerous things I do, I’ve never actually seen Game of Thrones – or even clips from it. Not a criticism, just so many things and only so much time, you know? I’ll get to it one day, I’m sure … I think.

Well, actually I stand corrected I’ve seen one scene when I was walking past a TV it was on many years ago. A kid looking into a window in a tree, he’s seen – and then promptly thrown out of it to his seeming doom. That’s literally it. I’ve been told that’s from the very first episode.

However, it’s a mark of how much of a cultural touchstone is, even by not seeking anything out about the show I’ve picked so much by passive osmosis. I know that kid survived his plummeting to seemingly certain doom is called Bran Stark, I know who Ned Stark was (easy to work out what happened to him since he was played by Sean Bean), Arya, Tyrion, Cersei, Brienne, Tyrion and a large part more of the cast (enjoy a remarkably hilarious and bizarre experience involving Khal Drogo and the show’s producers with Daenerys on the sidelines as told in animated form here), who plays them and a lot of what happened to them and what’s going on generally (how about that Night King?).

Somehow, I seem to know a remarkable amount of the plot for someone who’s both never seen it or read any of the books as well as is definitely not going out of the way to seek any information about the story out as of yet (maybe even more than Jon “You Know Nothing” Snow by the looks of it). I guess I hear a lot about these characters because of and in association with announcements about other work the actors who play them get involved with. Isn’t that right, Sansa “Dark Phoenix” Stark? Soon to be a motion picture in a cinema near you … again (wow, 2006 receded so far into the past quicker than I thought it would, didn’t it?).

Anyway, I came to learn the series finale was coming due to its proximity to the Avengers: Endgame release and in retrospect, since we’d just received this image not that long ago, I thought it felt appropriate to use it now given as luck would have it this image had content close enough to be thematically relevant. Also, it’s a fantastic piece of work in its own right. I’m also guessing there’s a fair amount of crossover between the readers here and watching Game of Thrones (it’d be great if that was going the other way as well, wouldn’t it? I think we could at least go to twice a week if it did!).

As for this image itself, it’s continuing to represent the contrast between the two most featured worlds of Exiern to date and how different environments can potentially lead to radically different outcomes. Represented here in the form of metaphor combined with their actual realities and all rendered by the exceptional talent of the artist and his ability to think in the truly surreal and abstract.

Seriously, check out Rivenis’s work at his website, it’s something else and probably quite unlike much (if not everything) you’ve likely seen before. Well, unless you’ve read something like the exceptional Zenith series by Grant Morrison (as featured in the long-running British print comic 2000 AD). We definitely hope to see more of Andrew contributing to us one day.

On a final note, the first I ever remember hearing of Game of Thrones in any way shape or form was that Lena Headey (Cersei) was picking up this role after The Sarah Connor Chronicles was cancelled (coincidentally one of three actresses to play Sarah Connor who has worked with George R. R. Martin or one of his works in some capacity along with Linda Hamilton and Emilia “Where are my dragons?” Clarke).

I still think that was a great show with an especially great final run to the end of Season 2 and a great set up for a Season 3 (that ultimately never happened) but I thought even then that it was for the best because at most it might get one more (truncated) season at best and it seemed likely for the actress, even though I knew nothing about this new show she was joining, it just felt like something that would probably guarantee Lena more work for longer.

Well, how about how that ended up working out then?

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Over Just A Bit http://archive.exiern.com/comic/over-a-bit/ http://archive.exiern.com/comic/over-a-bit/#comments Mon, 13 May 2019 04:01:53 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?post_type=comic&p=10044

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Major media event coming up on Sunday, May the 19th!

That’s right, it’s a new page update!

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The Big Reveal http://archive.exiern.com/comic/the-big-reveal/ http://archive.exiern.com/comic/the-big-reveal/#comments Mon, 06 May 2019 04:01:51 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?post_type=comic&p=10035

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Top Webcomics Voting Incentives for May http://archive.exiern.com/2019/05/01/top-webcomics-voting-incentives-for-may/ http://archive.exiern.com/2019/05/01/top-webcomics-voting-incentives-for-may/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 04:00:54 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?p=10012 ↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]> This month’s voting incentives are by Brett Neufeld, creator of the webcomic Marblegate. Once again, all we did was just ask the artist to have a look at both Exiern and Dark Reflections and waited to see what they could surprise us with. Click here for Exiern and here for Exiern: Dark Reflections to see what they came up with. Also once again, our guest artist has been quite good indeed.

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GeoQuest http://archive.exiern.com/comic/geoquest/ http://archive.exiern.com/comic/geoquest/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2019 04:01:43 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?post_type=comic&p=10032

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Snap Happy http://archive.exiern.com/comic/snap-happy/ http://archive.exiern.com/comic/snap-happy/#comments Sun, 28 Apr 2019 04:00:01 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?post_type=comic&p=9990

Well, you just know this to be true. He’s already proven himself many times as being extremely good with forward planning and covering all the angles. Masters of the Xanatos Gambit truly are a thing that exist if King Urtica[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Well, you just know this to be true. He’s already proven himself many times as being extremely good with forward planning and covering all the angles. Masters of the Xanatos Gambit truly are a thing that exist if King Urtica is anything to go by so far.

(Xanatos, sounds a bit like Thanos, doesn’t it? Well, isn’t that the very definition of a co-incidence? Yes, yes it is. That is indeed literally what a co-incidence is.)

This ends our current tribute to the MCU.

It also covers us for the fact that you can’t have a mention of King’s Day on Exiern without King Urtica in there somewhere.

Art by Colin Wells of the webcomic Normal.

Once again, we’re making great use of the exceptional artistic talent of Sean Harrington of the webcomic Spying With Lana by asking him yet again to do more captioning of artwork he didn’t make.

The most recent story page as per this Monday April the 22nd here.

Next story page on Monday the 29th of April 2019.

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We’re Number 6! – The Netherlands http://archive.exiern.com/comic/were-number-6-the-netherlands/ http://archive.exiern.com/comic/were-number-6-the-netherlands/#comments Sat, 27 Apr 2019 04:00:38 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?post_type=comic&p=9987

We were originally going just going to do the Top Five viewing countries of Exiern this year but even though there’s a significant difference in the figures from Number Five to Number Six, there’s also another another significant drop from[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

We were originally going just going to do the Top Five viewing countries of Exiern this year but even though there’s a significant difference in the figures from Number Five to Number Six, there’s also another another significant drop from Number Six to Number Seven. Also, with The Netherlands both being the Number Six country and also having a public holiday called Koningsdag (King’s Day), how could we say no?

Now we often give the artists a lot of latitude in creating these outside a handful of elements and guidelines but we couldn’t help but feel something was missing. However, since the artist had taken so much trouble with this one, we decided to keep it but come back tomorrow to see a very rare Sunday page in order to see what – or more accurately who we had in mind.

Art by Colin Wells of the webcomic Normal.

We also welcome back Sean Harrington of Spying With Lana, whose clear mastery of anatomy, colour and artistry overall in his own webcomic finds him back with us stamping text captions on other people’s art.

The most recent story page as per this Monday April the 22nd here.

New page on Sunday the 28th before the next story page on Monday the 29th of April 2019.

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Avengers: Endgame Special – Law of Diminishing Returns for Sequels http://archive.exiern.com/comic/avengers-endgame-special-law-of-diminishing-returns-for-sequels/ http://archive.exiern.com/comic/avengers-endgame-special-law-of-diminishing-returns-for-sequels/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2019 04:00:58 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?post_type=comic&p=9984

As you might have noticed, we deliberately made the jokes worse on this page in order to keep with the theme of this page’s title, a not uncommon phenomenon with not just movie sequels. On the other hand, Endgame is[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

As you might have noticed, we deliberately made the jokes worse on this page in order to keep with the theme of this page’s title, a not uncommon phenomenon with not just movie sequels.

On the other hand, Endgame is likely to buck a lot of trends with film sequels both in the quality of the film compared to the (already highly rated) others on average by this director team and also in making all the money, though.

Typh also dusts the remaining 50% of the goodwill towards him after this particular trip to the movies.

Our tribute to the MCU continues.

Art yet again by Marshall Reeves of the webcomic Yesterday Bound.

The most recent story page as per this Monday April the 22nd here.

New pages on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th before the next story page on Monday the 29th of April 2019.

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Avengers: Infinity War Special – History’s Greatest Monster http://archive.exiern.com/comic/avengers-infinity-war-special-historys-greatest-monster/ http://archive.exiern.com/comic/avengers-infinity-war-special-historys-greatest-monster/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:00:22 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?post_type=comic&p=9981

People who talk in cinemas when a movie is showing, am I right? The gang decided to take a break from saving the world by watching someone trying to save the world … by destroying half of it. At the[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

People who talk in cinemas when a movie is showing, am I right?

The gang decided to take a break from saving the world by watching someone trying to save the world … by destroying half of it.

At the same time, Typh discovers his inner Thanos.

Our way of marking a remarkable era in film in the form of the MCU coming to a major point in its history.

Art yet again by Marshall Reeves of the webcomic Yesterday Bound.

The most recent story page as per this Monday April the 22nd here.

New pages on Friday the 26th, Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th before the next story page on Monday the 29th of April 2019.

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Fashion Police http://archive.exiern.com/comic/fashion-police/ http://archive.exiern.com/comic/fashion-police/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:02:36 +0000 http://archive.exiern.com/?post_type=comic&p=9977

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New pages commemorating a number of special occasions this week on Wednesday the 24th, Friday the 26th, Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th before the next story page on Monday the 29th of April 2019.

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