March 1, 2006

Apologies for the delay. I forgot to set up the entries for the second half of the week in Movable Type.

Reminder: I only maintain the Movable Type version of the site to power the RSS feeds. Once I've switched those to the new CMS, I will stop maintaining the MT version, and http://rocr.xepher.net/index.html will stop updating. Use http://www.rocr.net/ to read the comic through the website.

Cover art

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 1:28 PM

March 2, 2006

In the bath

The Death Warrant was written and drawn in 1993 and self-published the next year. Setting the pattern for future stories, it came with a one-page introduction (not this page, but tomorrow's comic introducing the characters) and ended with a one-page epilogue. Nevertheless, it stayed within reasonable length totaling 38 pages.

The Death Warrant solidified the main cast as Tamlin, Ragnarok, Jake, Atra and Kel, and introduced more of the world of Clwyd-Rhan. The Pillar Field, the network of semi-tolerated witches and the duchy of Dungill Fens all appeared for the first time in this story, as did the faerie Wythllew and a number of running gags that I won't spoil here.

At the time I was working on the story, I took a few courses in medieval English and Scottish literature at the University of Groningen, taught by Luuk Houwen and Alasdair MacDonald. I hung out a lot with a fellow student called Nynke Wierda who shared my fondness for coffee, cookery and procrastination. I illustrated a long paper on medieval cookery for her, and some information from that ended up in the story. To her and to messrs Houwen and MacDonald, I dedicated this new English-language web edition of The Death Warrant.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

March 3, 2006

In the forests of the picturesque Kingdom of Clwyd-Rhan dwells Tamlin's gang of bandits. Like most bandit gangs, they lead a shadowy existance...

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

March 6, 2006

This pit belongs to Ragnarok, who manages the weapons and other tools of the trade...

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

March 7, 2006

Will it work, Tamlin? Why not? Well, those racing goblins are mighty fast... we've measured everything exactly.

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March 8, 2006

And once we've done the job you will start fiddling with me, which will annoy me no end.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

Done and dusted! I cracked his skull! He'll be out of it for at least five minutes!

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

March 10, 2006

Congratulations on apprehending Barnardus Pothelmus. Hang him as quickly as you can, or else he will escape and make Clwyd-Rhan unsafe again.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 8:00 AM

March 13, 2006

Tamlin's idea is for the gang to deliver the letters themselves! Ragnarok has an objection though.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

March 14, 2006

Tamlin ponders, dithers and finally falls asleep. Then, a vision appears before him.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

March 15, 2006

In which we learn that when Opportunity shows up in your forest, wailing and gnashing of teeth will soon follow.

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March 16, 2006

Opportunity guides Tamlin's thoughts towards Barnardus Pothelmus. Also sinners get tormented.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

March 17, 2006

Opportunity shows Tamlin a hanged man. But Tamlin wasn't born yesterday.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM

March 20, 2006

Opportunity has one final thing to reveal - herself! Also more sinners get tormented.

Posted by Reinder Dijkhuis at 7:00 AM