Archive for the ‘Work: Courtly Manners discussion’ Category

Shameless blegging: Review me!

January 2nd, 2009 by Reinder

If you have a Webcomicsnation account, could you do me a favour and review some of the comics on Chronicles of the Witch Queen? Anyone who has an account, even if you only use it for commenting on WCN comics, can post a review which will be posted on the WCN homepage and on the Talk About Comics blog, which has seen a flood of new reviews lately. What with the boost my readership has got from a writeup in a comparatively obscure e-zine, I think getting written up in a few other places that are read at the same level would make a lot of difference for the readership numbers.

Here are the details. Some of the comics on Chronicles of the Witch Queen are also published on, but not all of them are. They are also divided up differently, with each storyline getting its own homepage and URL. Below, you'll find a list of comics available on the site, and where to post reviews:

Feral Review Feral
Invasion Review Invasion
The Double Review The Double
Christmas at Blocksberg Review Christmas at Blocksberg
The Eye of the underworld Review The Eye of the Underworld
Guðrún Review Guðrún
Alcydia Review Alcydia
Courtly Manners Review Courtly Manners
Courtly Manners 2: The Unicorn Race Review Courtly Manners 2: The Unicorn Race

Reviews don't have to be positive but the intention of the feature is to spread the word about comics you like - so if you like Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan and the related comics, and have a Webcomicsnation account, spread the word! I'll be grateful for any and all reviews, long or short.

Missing Courtly Manners page restored

October 4th, 2008 by Reinder

There was one page missing from the Courtly Manners serial currently running on This has now been restored. Thanks to Geir for pointing it out.

One more

July 26th, 2005 by Reinder


Kel, morphing back from her plant form. Drawn for the Chronicles of the Witch Queen cast pages, although it may take a while before the picture shows up there.

I like drawing Kel morphing. It's a bit more interesting than drawing regular nudes of her, and it often turns out rather nice. Not perfect, in this case - as with the previous pics, there are some faults that indicate a need to do some more life drawing, but rather nice.

I've made prints available through DeviantArt, more to test the prints system before my free subscription there runs out than out of any real expectation that people will buy it. But if you feel like having a naked plant-woman on your coffee mug, you can get it from there. I get 10 % of the money, by the way. Can't vouch for the quality, because I've never actually seen a DeviantArt print, but maybe one or two people reading this can tell me more about that? seems to be working again.
Seriously, though, I did have to submit a high-res image to serve as a source for the prints, and I do think this pic would look OK as an 10x14...

Cheesecake cast images

July 25th, 2005 by Reinder

New cast images for the character Krakatoa.


Fan art

June 13th, 2005 by Reinder

Courtly Manners has got its first piece of fan art! Dig this pencil drawing of Krakatoa in low-rise riding breeches with riding crop by trusty guest artist Yonaka Yamako. As I write this, Yonaka is having some trouble with her websites so no linkback for now, but I'll fix it in the Gallery entry itself when she comes up from under.
There are two other Yonaka pieces in the Fan Art Section, (Update: link corrected) by the way, both from the earlier guest weeks.

I’m not sure, but…

May 20th, 2005 by Reinder

... I think Today's Courtly Manners page looks like a Reinder Dijkhuis comic. Not necessarily a great one, mind, but it's getting back on its feet.

I owe Geir an apology

May 18th, 2005 by Reinder

I've been able to get today's Courtly Manners done and uploaded in mid-afternoon, which shows that I'm making them slightly faster than I strictly need to, but not fast enough to have time to build a buffer. I suppose I could, but only if I was willing to work late on a regular basis, which for now I am not. Much better to allow myself to relax and let the quality climb back up again.
And in relation to that problem, I have to apologise to Geir for not involving him in changes to the script for Monday's episode, today's, and any episodes that will follow right to the end. I haven't deviated from the substance of Geir's script, yet, but I've eliminated a lot of voice-over stuff, slowed the pacing, split the action into far more panels than was originally indicated and also made the rhino veer to the left instead of the right, because the racers were going clockwise and the Queen's box is inbetween the seats. It was the only way I could go on doing the comic at all, really. The script in its original form was great fun to draw at the start, but as the race progressed, I realised that I couldn't figure out how to draw the action as described. There was too much stuff going on, and the angles, movement and division of the space were too far removed from the way I "see" a comic in my head. So both the quality of the work and my motivation for tackling the next page dropped precipitously in the 9 or so pages I drew after the story started running on the websites. The only way out for me has been to redo the script, making it my own. Monday's page, at least, was better than last Friday's, and I think today's is better than Monday's.