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April 23, 2020


This is episode 218 of The Middle Age. You can read the story from the beginning here.

I have wanted to draw this scene for so long! Waddlebottom versus a dragon!

Such a ridiculous scene, I put a commensurate ridiculous amount of time into drawing and coloring it! 🙂

A big difference with this page was in the ‘inking.’ I usually draw the figures and elements with a “cartoony” outline (a la my favorite cartoonists like Walt Kelly and Carl Barks and Jeff Smith) and add weight and shadow in the coloring stage. In this case, I drew the heavy shadows in the inking stage – and inked as if it were my coloring process, with lots and lots of hatching and textures.

I shared a larger version of this episode along with the black-and-white ‘inks’ free for everyone here on Patreon.

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  • MrGrumpyGills
    April 23, 2020 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    Can I just say that the last panel looks absolutely stunning – almost 3D and super dynamic. Wow! :O

  • Ivan Liu
    April 23, 2020 at 10:06 pm — Reply

    I really enjoy the website and comic, but when I am on episode 217, it says that “this is the latest episode” and I have to go back 1-2 episodes to check if I missed the recent one

    • Steve Conley (Author)
      April 23, 2020 at 10:38 pm — Reply

      Ivan, Thanks for letting me know. I’m working on a fix! And thanks for the kind words about the comic. 😀

  • Brother Parvus
    April 24, 2020 at 9:35 am — Reply

    Waddlebottom is le Duc de Duck!

  • Honzinator
    April 27, 2020 at 9:57 am — Reply

    On my third look, I see his Highness fleetly fleeing the fiery furnace-like flames and can see why they all missed it and got to feel smugly superior for not having done so on my third try. This is really well-done.

  • Jonathan
    May 8, 2020 at 10:11 am — Reply

    That last panel is amazing!
    I just read through your archive and I’m hooked. Great story and characters.

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