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Sun 24 Apr 16
11:11 MST
Slight delay

Update: It will be up thursday morning. We found an error in some previous strips and had to do some graphical retcons, causing delays.

Hey all,

Sorry about this, but monday's comic will be delayed by one or two days. I'm simply not feeling well enough mentally this weekend to finish it, and I have some video editing work I have to finish for a non-profit either way.

Sun 27 Mar 16
13:00 MST
Bit late

Siri got a bit ill, and with Easter and clocks changing and stuff we have a slight delay. Comic will be up tuesday 7 AM GMT/UCT (so 9 AM Europe time). Sorry about this, we're still getting used to a new process of making the comic, which is making everything be a lot more work for now.

Mon 21 Mar 16
2:47 MST
How are you reading us?

Hey all,

I'm currently pondering refreshing the site design, because the current design is from 2006 (with an update in 2009) and a fair few things have changed in the meantime.

Back then, there were no tablets, so the site doesn't really support those. Features like the magnifying glass and the "appearing in this strip" thingy currently don't work at all on tablets.

To help us out, please let us know how you read our site:

Desktop/Laptop PC/Apple
7" Tablet
10" Tablet
Phone
Pixievision
Other (say in comments)

Mon 14 Mar 16
10:40 MST
The Dragon Tea Party Moved (plus PDF)

Hey all,

Now that the Dragon Tea Party has finished, I've moved it out of the main archives and into a separate section of its own. You can get there by clicking the archives button at the top (the weird map kinda thing) and then going to the right chapter. Or just follow this link.

On that page you can also find a set of high resolution PDF files in both dutch as english for those who want to print their own version of the story.

Mon 14 Mar 16
1:29 MST
And we're off

Today Chasing the Sunset officially resumes!

Yay!

We decided to jump straight back into the main story instead of doing a short side story as originally planned, mainly because I remembered what I had planned for the main story a lot better than I did for the side story.

I hope you enjoyed our little children's story. I'll be putting up PDF files with the high resolution versions in dutch and english soon (maybe norwegian later).

Mon 25 Jan 16
0:00 MST
Dragon Tea Party

Starting today, we'll be running a children's story on our site, as a warm-up to resuming Chasing the Sunset.

The Dragon Tea Party is a story I wrote for our son Rune's 5th birthday (which was a bit over a week ago).

Some background: here in Belgium it is traditional for kids to give out something to their classmates on their birthday (that is: the kid having the birthday does the giving). Usually candy is given out, but the school and many parents don't like that much, so instead I wrote a children's story and Alien illustrated it, and then we had it printed for Rune to hand out to his classmates.

Before putting him to bed that day, we asked him what had been the best part of the birthday. His answer: giving the gifts to his classmates. :)

You'll be able to read an english translation of this story (the original was in dutch) over the next six weeks. After it is done, we will put up links to pdf versions in English, Dutch and Norwegian.

Keep in mind that this was written for four-to-five year olds, so it's a bit of a younger target audience than our normal comic. Still, I hope you'll enjoy it. I'm sure some of our readers are parents themselves.

I'd put up a picture of the books as they came from the printer, but don't want to give spoilers, so instead here's a picture of Rune's birthday party instead:

Sat 23 Jan 16
1:21 MST
We're alive.

Hey all,

Some of this news post is a bit mushy, scroll down for a TL;DR; if you don't want to read the context to our very long hiatus.

Mithandir here.

It's been a very long time since we've made any updates, and I know some of you have been worried about us. I'm very sorry. I tumbled into a rather deep depression for a prolonged time and am only now getting out of it. That depression killed off my creativity making it impossible to work on comic. Over time it became painful to even think about comic let alone visit the site, because it was yet more proof of my continuing failure.

I have kept my depression pretty secret, even from friends and family (if you are one of those and finding out only now, I'm sorry. I never had the strength to admit problems or seek help), which is one reason I didn't even post any news updates.

I'm slowly getting out of things. For Rune's fifth birthday I finally created something again: I wrote a story for him, which Alien illustrated and I coloured. It was something I had been planning to do for years, and in fact started writing for his fourth birthday, but due to the depression couldn't finish then. However this year I got it done, and I will try to use this accomplishment to restart my other creative projects, including comic.

Over the next 6 weeks we will be publishing a translated version of that story here, at a rate of two pages/week (monday and friday).

We'll be using those 6 weeks to create a buffer for a Chasing the Sunset short story we started during out hiatus about Leaf teaching Myhrad to fly properly.

After that ... we hope to resume the main Chasing the Sunset storyline.

Oh and a bit of housekeeping: commenting now requires recaptcha and we've cleaned out a lot of spam from our archives. It's possible we deleted some existing comments and that some spam remains. It was a bit of a mess.


--- TL;DR; ---

- 6 Weeks of an illustrated story we made for Rune's fifth birthday, Starting monday and running mon/fri
- After that, short story CtS comic
- After that, CtS main storyline resumes

Mithandir out

Sun 29 Sep 13
12:33 MST
Rune sick so comic delayed

Rune suddenly got quite sick yesterday, with 39.6°C fevers (103.3°F) even after anti-fever medication and a lot of pain to one of his ears. We suspect the poor little boy has an ear infection but doctor will be able to tell for sure tomorrow. Either way, it means comic is delayed a bit, sorry.

Fri 13 Sep 13
1:30 MST
Soon ...

Hey all,

Tomorrow (saturday), Alien, Rune and I will be at the Elf Fantasy Fair in Arcen.

Monday ... we should have a new comic up (I say should, because Rune was a bit ill today).

Update: Will be monday afternoon, with taking Rune to school, it's tricky to do updates in the morning.

Mon 2 Sep 13
0:56 MST
An Update

This morning, this happened for the first time:

Now that he's going to school, we should have time to resume comic again.

Thu 25 Apr 13
4:07 MST
What's with all these delays?

Hey all,

This is a bit of a personal message, so if you just want to know why there's been so many delays of late without reading any of that: it's because of personal reasons. CtS will keep going, it's just going a bit more slowly.

I've avoided making post like this because, well, I can't see why people would care about me (you're all here for the comic after all). Some people in the past have said they would like to know how we're doing so here goes ...

I'm not doing too well.

Physically I'm okay (I think), but I'm depressed. This is not easy for me to admit ... normally I use lighter words like 'a bit down', but, well ... I've been going to bed at 8 in the evening just because I couldn't be bothered to do anything else. I've withdrawn from most forums, chatgroups and whatever I was in. I've been sitting around not doing anything, barely even thinking. It's not fun.

I'm not looking for sympathy (but thanks for those who feel it), as I said: I just wanted to let you know. I'll get over it, I have before in the past. It'll just take time. Until I'm over it, however, CtS will suffer delays. The scripts have been written, but I still have to do the shading and some of the colouring and ... it takes happiness to work on Chasing the Sunset. A bit like how it takes a happy thought to fly in peter pan.

So bear with us... we're working on it... the strips will come (and so will other things that we have promised).

That's it. I'm sorry.

Mithandir

P.S.: If you're one of my few "real-life" friends, and you find out how I've been this way ... I'm sorry, it's not easy for me to admit to weakness.

P.P.S.: Alien prolly needs a hug, too

P.P.P.S.: Yes, Rune is still cute. He's a bit sick right now but that just means he gets to fall asleep in my arms on the sofa.

Thu 21 Mar 13
12:15 MST
An update of sorts

Hey all,

We've been missing friday's updates of late (and this week is no different) due to a combination of things:

- Rune has stopped taking afternoon naps, leaving Alien much less time to draw
- My day job is very busy currently.
- We've had to repair that ceiling.

So yeah ... busy busy. I haven't even had time to send out emails for the prizes from the anniversary contests yet and those have been well over a month! We've been *that* busy.

However, we've still been updating once a week and we're hoping to return to twice a week next week.

Oh, and we got Alien a Cintiq, so she's going to have to get used to that too.

Thu 28 Feb 13
14:06 MST
A bit of a delay

I'm afraid friday's comic will be a bit delayed because well ...


That is our living room.

On the bright side, when we went to fetch rune from his room so we could take him to grandma while we fixed things, we found he'd escaped his bed and curled up to sleep ...

in the drawer of his closet.

Sun 24 Feb 13
13:38 MST
Contest Results and other anniversary stuff!

Yay!

Wow, it's been a busy week. Apart from the anniversary, I've had a very busy week at work which is why I haven't been saying much. However, now it's time to look at the contests and who won!

Quiz


4 People managed to score 100% on the quiz, of which two left their mail and email. Congratulations to Bryan and Rhys for scoring the full 100%!

Another 11 got 98%, of which two's only "mistake" was saying that they liked Myhrad's purple spider pattern. We'll be counting these as the full 100% as well :) of course there will be a little prize for everybody who got over 90%, so if you got more than that and you put in your email address, then we'll be contacting you with your prize later this week.

Secret Code

The secret code was:

"Don't give up your dreams."

8 people managed to find that, of these Sasharowan and Terrec were closest on the additional question. If you're not one of those 8, here's how it worked:

On the 5 strips, there were codes hidden in the margin like this :

430-3-Myrhad-6

This translated to:

Comic number 430, panel 3, 6th word said by Myhrad.

Once again, we'll be contacting the winners this week with their prizes later this week.

Fanart


In the end we only got two submissions for our fanart contest, however, they were both very awesome. Technically, our friend Muninn from Spindrift won, but I think both are winners and both will get prizes!

Other stuff


In the end we didn't reach our visitor target of 1 for every day we've been up, but we got pretty close and (barely) broke our previous record for visitors, so yay for that :)

Thank you all for celebrating our anniversary with us, I will continue to try to make this year of Chasing the Sunset the best yet.


P.S.:


Oh, and here's Rune helping Alien draw monday's strip:


Sun 17 Feb 13
0:00 MST
Chasing the Sunset celebrates 10 years!

Hey all!

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the first strip of Chasing the Sunset going online. Wow. Alien and I have been doing this for nearly a third of our lives now!

In those 10 years a lot has changed, of course. Back then webcomics were pretty new and we were making it up as we went along. Nowadays we are still making it up as we go along, but we no longer have an excuse.

I want to thank everybody who is reading our little comic and especially those readers who have stuck with us through sometimes long periods of sporadic updates. We haven't always been punctual, but here we are ten years after we started and we're still updating (and more regularly now than in the not so distant past).

Thank you, all of you who come to our little website to read our silly little story of elves, dragons and pixies.

Thank you, all of you who through the years have commented. Your words always drive us to keep going!

Thank you, all of you who have spread the word to your friends and family and who have let others discover us.

Thank you, even if you never say anything or do anything except show up in our traffic logs.

It's because of all of you that we have reached this milestone. Thank you.

Oh, and also a thank you to Comic Rocket who kindly are running a free ad for us on their site today, and to all our friends of the Fantasy Comic Portal who are sending traffic to us today as well!

Mithandir

Hey all!

Today marks the 12th strip of this year. Wow. No, wait, that's not what we're celebrating, is it? Oh right, ten years, that's it.

It's strange to think about how large this has grown, when i consider its humble beginnings. I was doodling a little dragon in MSpaint, and didn't want to just colour it green, so i asked some friends online to name a colour. One person said blue, another orange, so i took both. This was the result:

As people wondered what i needed the colours for, i ended up showing them the stripy dragon. Many of them actually liked the beast, and Mithandir opined we should make a comic with it in, and as we started plotting out something more thorough than "something with a blue and orange dragon in", we found out we could make this story happen. And so we set to work.

Since that time, CtS has grown immensely, and us with it. We are better at creating this webcomic than when we started, and hopefully that does make it more worthwhile to follow. Knowing people do follow it and enjoy it makes it all the more worthwhile to create, and seeing visitor numbers and reading comments always makes us feel all squishy and happy inside.

10 years, 728 strips.

If I'd just coloured that dragon green, i'd probably not have shown it to anybody, and CtS would never have existed.

I'm glad it didn't end up green.

Alien

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