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I thought I would make up for just having black and white inks today by updating super early! I am on my way back to Portland from Missouri, where I’ve been all week for my sister-in-law’s wedding!

While I was traveling, I was sent a production deck of Borogove, which means as soon as I get home I’ll be able to look at it in person and then approve the shipping of the rest of the order! WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

It means that Skin Deep is going to have to go on hiatus while I ship out 1,500 decks of cards.

Leave a question in the comments here and I might answer it with a little sketch, starting next Tuesday! I will keep doing Reader Questions until all the Borogove cards are shipped out. The Cautionary Fables Kickstarter was also successfully funded last week! So during this time I am also going to finish my art for that book!

So I apologize for Skin Deep being put on hold, but it is all for the best, I promise! Stay tuned here for Reader Questions, starting next Tuesday!


Stanley aside, are there any other not-really-sentient (as in, can’t talk or take human form/act like a person) mythical critters that haven’t come up in the story?

Q: I know we are in the new arc and all but in the previous story line Exchanges do you think you can give us a picture of Anthony’s first attempt at flight? I’m sure Jim would be there trying to “help”…

Your series explores many mythical creatures from European mythology. What impressed me further is that you decided to explore a bit into Native American mythos (ie; the tricksters, and totems). I have to wonder what, if any, other creatures/beings from that side have you considered/looked into (ie; the Wendigo)?

This box smells like answers. Mhhhm, answers, best served a little while after a hearty portion of hot questions.

Are answers best served hot or cold?

Cold-Hard-Truth. White-hot-lies. At least that’s what Mom told me, when you weren’t around. I’ve always pictured cold-hard-truth as being sweet like ice cream, but I suppose it could also be savory – like the green tea sorbet that some places serve.

My question is always “Why are there never Hard Red colors in your comic?” Even the blood is already brownish. Even the apples in “Homecoming-4-Big college girl” are more of a maroon, than red. Something like html#: ff1919 ? I’d like to know. If it’s not a State Secret or something. Thanks

I’ve been wondering about how Michelle was able to get her medallion back to her room without changing. Story inconsistency, or is it something significant like a spell that kept the magic from affecting her right away?

I’m also wondering if her showing up in the forest was also deliberately arranged, rather than Merial coming back and finding her roommate passed out on the floor; I would believe that the story was just still evolving back then and any explanation is retroactive.

I think she only turned into her true form once she put the medallion down on her desk — before that, it had broken the spell, but it was still keeping her human. As for the appearing in the forest, I have no idea. Maybe it was instinctive sphinx magic teleporting her to people who could help her. Or maybe it’s a plot thing that will be explained later. (I have been wondering about that, though.)

That makes a lot of sense. She picks it up and the spell is broken, then she slips it in her pocket, so it is still effecting her. When she gets back, she puts it on her desk and isn’t touching it anymore. Now it makes sense!

Q. We’ve seen creatures from Classical, Native American and European mythology but not a lot from Eastern and Polynesian mythology. Do you have any plans on drawing a kitsune, taniwha or anything of the like later in the series?

Sorry if this has been asked before, but can different species (e.g. nixie & gryphon, sphinx & um goat man), er, procreate? Is that how rare mythical creatures come to be?

Here we go.

Ike explains how he is a bizarre case. And “what an interesting first union that must have been.”

I think I also remember something about Jim’s mother being a breed of griffon that comes from Wonderland and has a Jub-Jub bird for a brother while Jim’s father is a completely different type of griffon.

My only question – HOW is Michelle’s mum taking this so super well? Is she like…kind of into zany things like wicca or conspiracy theories so this is not that big a deal to her because she already believes in ghosts and stuff? Maybe you are going to answer this in the next few pages though.

Why’d the dragons and sphinx have to do a silly thing like killing each other? Bloodcarver is awesome. *Nods* And I’ve totally said that silly statement before.

But seriously… Mich’s mom… What’s your deal? Even a level-headed person wouldn’t be taken this situation so well! How’d you know or what exactly are you? Cause some things just aren’t adding up here! *Chuckles* Maybe they will later on in the story.

I love both of the storylines going on here! All the characters are fantastic! Put a character from Orientations in the same space as a character from Exchanges! Jim doesn’t count.

Here’s one for Greg: Considering that Jim and Michelle can fly, Merial can control water and has magic spit, not to mention whatever else comes in the sphinx magical package. Does he ever feel left out since he only really has a formidable forehead fortitude and goat ears to speak of?

Also, and on a side note, it sucks that the comic will be postponed again. This is the only webcomic I know that updates on a Tuesday. Now Tuesdays are going to be boring again =(

So I’ve been wondering about the difference between male and female sphinxes; like, I know Michelle has wings, being a Greek style sphinx (I guess all females are ‘Greek’ sphinxes and males are ‘Egyptian’ sphinxes?), so I guess males just get the short end of the stick in that aspect, or can they do different magic-y things? Also, how many of the Skin Deep magical beings are sexually dimorphic? Like, Sphinxes are different ‘types’ if they’re male and female, and I guess there are only male Saytrs, but the female equivalent is a faun? Are there any other species that technically distinct depending on their sex?
And on a partially related note: are there spells, ect, that switch your sex? And if there are, what happens if you use it on a ‘males only’ race like Saytrs? Do they just turn into fauns?

Question: if no new medallions are generally made then how does the existing number of medallions keep up with population? And what happens when a medallion gets passed between family members? If one person only ever gets one medallion then can they only be passed at death?

Question 2: are all male sphinxes wingless?

if two similar creatures have children , say a nemean lion female and a bohemian lion male, which species will the child take after?

Okay, so we saw that Liverpool has an Avalon that is as big as a tiny village and Wonderland is kind of considered as an Avalon, right? Those two places are huge compared to the Avalon Michelle visited! So, my question is, are there bigger Avalons in the United-States, or even the continent? If not, is it because the cities in America are a lot younger than the ones in Europe? And if there are no real big Avalon in America, how do the big families of creatures, like Jim’s, manage to stay hidden?

Are items concealed by the medallions in stasis while they are not there, or does time still pass for them? Examples of how this might be relevant would be whether a watch would get behind from being concealed, or whether concealed cell-phone would appear to the caller as ringing or inactive.

Michelle obviously still hasn’t told the others what her dad’s shade said to her. If she had, Jim would ponder a connection to Ravi’s House of Eastern Curiosities, next door to The Underground, back in Liverpool. And, is that a portable Hestia shrine, like Jim’s?

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