This is a comic about a deerfox who's now the last of her kind.
She has to survive in the savage concrete jungle known as The Tangle, which was once a prosperous megacity. She has to carry on, to survive the brutal wasteland. To go in search of new friends, and new family so she won't have to be alone anymore. Or else her light might get snapped out in the clutches of something terrible.
WARNING: This comic was cancelled!
I still feel there's value in archiving this and you might find some enjoyment in the art and little moments on the journey, but be warned it will end very abruptly. I do apologize.
Yup, that's a cliffhanger... But unfortunately that's just where the comic ended.
This comic and all 20 pages, the concept and world building, preiphery content and all of the surrounding paratext was made in about a month or two. I was averaging a page a day for 2 weeks, and I was not doing it sustainably. I had very little plan and was laying the tracks as I was going. I made a few decisions I wish could take back (e.g. not introducing the main threat of the setting at all, unclear dream sequences, and the addition of dialogue.)
Ultimately I just ended up burning out badly, and it took me the whole rest of the year to recover.
I still think about this setting alot and would someday like to return to it, but it would likely only be through a whole reboot and thus the fate of Vyr and Gummy in this moment shall forever be unknown.
Deerfox were once a pet race in the time before. Their bright colors and inabilty to speak were desirable traits to their former owners.
Their design however, is actually an iteration of this sketch of a Firefox. Based on a Nether-dwelling species I made with similar characteristics. They spoke in an indecipherable language of dots and dashes.
There are certainly lessons to learn about pacing, not betraying your tone, having test readers, and actually having a plan at all. But I think the most important lessons to learn here are that of self-care and putting too much pressure on yourself.
I created No Tribe with the desire to "MAKE COMIC NOW!!!" and throw everything else to the wind. There was a lot of uncertainty in my life at the time and I put a lot of pressure on myself to make No Tribe a reality and quickly at that. I was hoping that if I could make a comic and garner an audience and potentially a bit of an income, it would bring a little more stability to my life.
I wasn't money chasing, I still wanted No Tribe to be an earnest work worthy of time and love.
I pushed it out there fast, as I mentioned above I genuinely completed 14 pages in roughly two weeks. I don't know exactly how I was able to accomplish. I was flying by the seat of my pants, I had no more planning than a page or two planned ahead of the one I was drawing at any given time.
I wasn't doing great before I even started and then threw myself into this great task at breakneck speed and by the time I actually started to start the processes for a more sustainable production it was too late and I had burned through the last of my fuel. When my backlog ran out, at that point I was forced to put the comic on hiatus and cancel it.
I couldn't bring myself to finish page '21. Split.' I was too spent.
I hoped to come back, but the more I looked back on the comic the more I saw its flaws and it was already partially doomed. I can't reiterate enough. I never even included the main threat of the setting, instead we're buggering about with these weird fungal parasites!
I'd still love to revisit the Tangle though. These pages don't even scratch the surface of the setting. I don't wish to comment too much about where the story could've gone or what wasn't included as alot of it could still end up being reused someday. But you can definitely find snippets in the gallery.
Anyway you've heard my dour tale, enjoy this 3d model of Vyr.