#1, Pg. 1 | She Has Swords

#1, Pg. 1 | She Has Swords

March 18, 2008 in Issue 1
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I'll let the work do the talking, and only note that this page and the one after are intentionally silent.

...yeah, I totally caved and added captions. The unruly mob of readers demanded it, and, no matter how much I wished they weren't, they were right. So, I wrote.

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JMRonk 26th Jul 2012, 9:46 AM
Looks great... Love the detail! Rated---5
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 8th May 2014, 3:06 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Sometimes I miss one. Belated thanks.:)
Boy Phaff 31st Jan 2013, 3:15 AM
Boy Phaff
Looks damn pretty! Ready to print.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 31st Jan 2013, 5:59 AM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
I'm so happy with it! I'll add her name to the credits once I have a slow week.
Fierra Star 16th Oct 2013, 1:49 PM
Whoa.... The colors, man, the colors... And this is just page 1!?!? Faboo to you, dude!
Also, thank you very much for allowing those without accounts to comment on your work; I can not tell you how many times I've wanted to say SOMETHING/ANYTHING to the various creators of the many web-comics I follow(positive stuff, by the by), but have been rendered unable to do so(not that I don't understand the necessity to screen comments-people often times suck). So, ya:On behalf on the umpteen many anonymous folks out yonder way on the net(like moi)thank you for daring to put forth your creative efforts onto the web-they are highly appreciated, especially in light of the fact that many of us only have access to printed comics when: 1. Our local used book store has them in stock; 2. There's a book fair in a nearby town/city; 3. We're willing to drive 20 to 50 miles to find the nearest real live comic book store(yes, this is a REAL predicament, NOT an exaggeration). For future reference: I promise to keep any comments I eventually may post to something much smaller.;-)
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 17th Oct 2013, 2:27 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Thanks so much! I gave some guidelines on the coloring, but my colorist did all the heavy lifting, so props to her.

And I'm not gonna work too hard to comment, so I don't expect you to have to either.

I'm in Portland OR now, but I used to live about 25 miles outside city limits, so I know what it's like to have to trek to a comic shop -- and honestly, with all the useless trademark flogging going on at the big 4 or 5, it's hard to work up the motivation with only a couple miles between me and my LCS.

All the hip, innovative, cool comics are on the intertubesnet.

Anyhooboyhowdy, I hope you like the rest of the story. I'll figure out how to get the rest colored at a decent clip soon enough.
Jackass 13th Jan 2014, 12:21 PM
U suck dick
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 13th Jan 2014, 12:23 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
I'm not really that flexible anymore.
Deducer1 4th May 2014, 12:43 PM
Dude, seriously, this looks killer!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 8th May 2014, 3:06 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
I'm glad you like it, I can't wait to get the rest colored.
Sleeper 16th Jul 2014, 4:33 PM
First impression, your art is incredible.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 17th Jul 2014, 10:25 AM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Thank you! I try really hard to keep a high standard of illustration and dynamism.
irongate 2nd Feb 2015, 12:45 PM
This is fantastic stuff, your storytelling, as in your sequential art, is masterful, truly amazing. Every panel oozes with complexity and everything is placed perfectly, my eye fell down the page like it was going down a slide, really incredible.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 6th Feb 2015, 5:26 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Wow, that's a lot of compliments. I must give credit to my art teachers, who really drove home the zig-zag compostional structure.

(It took me two tries to get the captions to follow suit!)
Bonsomme 28th Jun 2015, 7:19 AM
Beautiful artwork. Really classic style.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 1st Jul 2015, 5:45 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Thank you for noticing! I really love a lot of classic comics illustrators, as well as modern ones who are influenced by them.
RedtheSage 6th Jul 2015, 11:49 AM
I like your style of art. It reminds me of marvel or Dc comics.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 1st Aug 2015, 11:09 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Thank you! I really enjoy a lot of Marvel and DC comics/characters, and do my best to emulate that print comic feeling.
mcrotts 26th Oct 2015, 8:35 PM
Amazing work! I really am floored by your sense of anatomy and draftsmanship. You don't need any of us to tell you how professional all your pages are - we all can learn from your inspiring comic :)
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 27th Oct 2015, 12:36 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Wow, thanks for your kind words.:)

I'm impressed by people like you who can make simpler rendering and Disney-esque stylings look tight, animated, and lively.
Steven-Vincent 14th Dec 2015, 12:40 PM
Very good opening sequence. Clever writing. Gorgeous art. Why the hell is someone like Image or Dark Horse not publishing this?
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 26th Dec 2015, 2:25 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
Thank you thrice, good sir. The short answer is, I haven't submitted it them. I was kind of expecting it to be an internet hit and get picked up, like Liberty Meadows. So far, no joy. Some major publishers are famous in artist/writer circles for pushing unnecessary edits and changes on up and comers, so I wanted to set everything in stone ahead of submitting EK to anyone.
Steven-Vincent 26th Dec 2015, 4:10 PM
Sadly many of these companies don't even have an open submission policy.

Keep an eye on Oni press. Once in a while they do an open call to whoever wants to submit.
ProfEtheric 26th Dec 2015, 1:27 PM
So much information here, and without the usual pitfalls. Of course, a lot of people would say "show, don't tell". I have little use for them.

What I have much use for is a millennium-old Knight riding through NYC on horseback. And those eyes... IRL they would haunt me to obsession.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 26th Dec 2015, 2:32 PM
Caley Tibbittz Collopy
This page and the next originally ran "silent", which worked well for me, but had my early audiences scratching their heads more often than not. Despite not usually liking captions that were not written by Frank Miller, I liked the opportunity for added characterization for Robért, and ended up (barely) preferring the sequence becaptioned rather than benotcaptioned.

I invent words.
ProfEtheric 26th Dec 2015, 2:53 PM
Wordinate at will, sir!
Wargyrl 7th Feb 2016, 8:01 AM
Okay, I am now reading the first issue of of 'Eternal Knight' from the beginning, for the second time. This second time I am starting to understand things that went past me before. On the screen we see the main character, Artemis, the 'Eternal Knight', riding her magic horse across the park at night. On top of the picture we see captions. Those captions contain words in longhand. When I first read this comic, I thought the words came from the diary of the main character, the character who is appearing on the screen. Now, the second time I read this comic, I realize that these words are being written by a completely different character, and I realize that this completely different character is writing about the character who is appearing on the screen.

I guess I feel stupid, because it took me so long to figure that out. Having said that, I have to wonder if other readers had the same difficulty understanding this. If anyone is interested, I can offer a solution which will make this scene much more accessible. The artist can draw a new panel which shows the character who is writing the journal or diary. This panel would show the head and shoulders and hand of the character as she writes with her pen on the paper. That would make it clear to the reader that the character who is writing the journal is different from the character on the screen.
Tweekling 7th Mar 2016, 8:56 AM
Absolutely stunning artwork.