Page 185: Magick-Maker

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End scene.

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Page 184: Here for the Girl

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A slight twist on the classic (Watchmen inspired) 9-panel layout. This stranger sure made quick work of these orcs… but it’s not them she’s been seeking. Who is she?

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Page 183: Toll Payment

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Whoops, lost my hand.

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Page 182: Welcome to the Orclands

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Our wagon driver doesn’t look all that amused or intimidated. That’s certainly a Helmic insignia on the door…. but she doesn’t exactly look like a legionnaire.

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Page 181: Easy Pickin'

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Welcome to Orthanc, folks — AKA the Orclands!

I can never resist dropping a “I have a bad feeling about this…” every now and then. If my memory hasn’t failed me, this is the second time in the series (and the first instance in Book 2) where I’ve used it. Not the only Star Wars reference in the series either.

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Page 180: No Legionnaire, Mr. Quint

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I don’t know what it is about these four characters… but I find them some of the easiest in the series to write for. We change scenery next week and are introduced to some new characters…

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Page 179: I'll Handle This

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Looks like someone familiar is headed this way.

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Page 178: A Terrible Idea

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It’s been a while since we last saw this bunch. I wonder where they’re headed…

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Cover: Into the Orclands

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So… I wasn’t able to build as much of a buffer as I wanted (only the first 5 pages, not included the cover) of Chapter 8 is fully complete; however, I didn’t want to wait much longer to begin posting again. The good news is pages 6-8 are fully colored (you can check them out on Patreon now) and just need to be lettered. And, as always, if you want to read way ahead… the entire script for Chapter 8: Into the Orclands is available for download on Patreon (along with tons of other in-progress art, concepts, and more).

Please leave any comments or questions you have about the story so far and I’ll try my best to answer. :)

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Page 177: Back in Business

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UPDATE: Hi folks! I will be attending San Diego Comic Con this year and signing copies of HELM Book 1: Harbinger at the Action Lab booth (Booth 1735). Come visit me between 4:00-5:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00-1:00 PM on Sunday. Please double-check Twitter for last minute updates.

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And that’s a wrap for Chapter 7: Old Wounds!

We’re still working on the next chapter — Into the Orclands — and while I could post the few pages from that chapter that we’ve already completed, my preference would be wait until we’ve built more of a buffer so I can publish more pages on a consistent basis for a longer run. In other words, I’d rather take a break for a few weeks (4-8; although, probably closer to 4 weeks) so I can publish a page every week when we’re caught up and have plenty more pages ready to be posted.

That said, if you don’t want to wait, you’re always welcome to donate a few bucks to us via our Patreon page. You’ll get access to a bunch of content there — concepts, sketches, line art, completed pages, story docs, scripts, and all kinds of WIP files.

Because it may be a few weeks before you visit again, let me share one other note with you here.

  • I’ll be attending San Diego Comic Con in July. I’m not sure if I’ll be signing copies of HELM Book 1 yet (I had the opportunity last year but was unable to attend) but if I do, I’ll share the news on Twitter and Facebook… so be sure to like/follow Crookshaw Creative on those channels (so I can keep you up to date).

I think that’s all for now. As always, we appreciate your all your comments, tweets, likes, and support. HELM is a passion project, a labor of love, so if you enjoy this series — please let it be known and let us know. It goes a very long way… perhaps more than you realize.

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Page 176: Keys to the Castle

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Yowza! That looks like it hurts.

Just 1 more page remains to close out Chapter 7: Old Wounds. I can’t wait to share the final page next week. It’s probably my favorite end page of any chapter so far.

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Page 175: Gotcha!

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Only 2 more pages left until we close out Chapter 7. If you want to find out what happens earlier, remember to check out our Patreon. For just $5, you get access to all of our WIP pages and even early scripts.

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Page 174: Idiot

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Who’s the real idiot in this scene?

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Pages 173: That Explains That

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Let’s get ready to ruuummmmbbbblllleeee….

Aaannnnddd, just one more reminder — I’ recently updated our Patreon page so you can pledge as low as $1. For $5, you now get even more… including scripts (e.g. this weekend, I just posted the first 16 pages of the script for Chapter 8, which we’ve begun illustration on already). You can also see everything we’re working on before it’s posted here.

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Page 172: Dapes Departs

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Things are about to get a whole lot interesting.

Also, a notable update — I’ve updated our Patreon page and completely revamped our tiers. You can support us starting at just $1 now, and for $5 you now get more (not only do you get all our concepts, sketches, pages before they’re published, but also all our script and story docs). I update Patreon pretty regularly (even when we have no patrons :P).

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Page 171: A Personal Matter

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Gee, I wonder where Dapes is headed.

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Page 170: No Fire Tonight

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Wendell was also briefly mentioned in Chapter 5. Presumed dead or captured following the Legion raid on Halifax House.

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Page 169: Other Things on My Mind

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Carmichel seems distracted.

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Page 168: I Gots the Experience

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Weapons displayed on the wall. How convenient. :)

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Page 167: A Loose End

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We return to the western shore of the Midlands… where a dweller appears to start his schemin’.

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