#307 - End - in Fifth Trial

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Author Note

Songdog

Songdog Songdog said:

It was 3 years ago today I had finished the last page of Doe of Deadwood, and on that same day started sketching the first page of Roar Howl Run. RHR finished production on July 3rd 2021, after a run of a little over 2 years. It took some time to catch up with posting. RHR took me through some pretty bad periods of my life. I had held off including an ace character in a comic for so long because it was an issue personal to me, and I definitely got some comments that reminded me why I didn't want to include topics close to me. But a lot of people also told me that they were happy to see themselves in a protagonist for once, which is a very powerful compliment. So ultimately, I am glad to have told Ata's story.

Thank you everyone on Comicfury, I have come to really love this website more than I thought that I would. I still have my other comic, Repeat, on-going. Any future comics will also be posted to this website. I hope you've enjoyed the ride, and I hope you join me on any future adventures or even just over on Repeat!


March 24th is the arbitrary date I use to measure my comic progress in the year. Because of the posting delay I operate on, it's hard to keep track of when pages were completed without going back through file data. So, March 24th was the day I finished making DoD, which was the day I started RHR, which is how I've been measuring it. This year has been something. But that's enough rambling.

Roar Howl Run: 37 pages (263-300)
Repeat: 152 pages (76-228)
Mare of Diomedes: 5 pages
Group event comic: 1 page
Future project: 7 pages
Total: 202 pages

24th Mar 2022, 6:09 PM

Comments

enderman-lover

enderman-lover enderman-lover

I'm happy for you! This comic was one of my favorites to read, and I'll miss seeing it on my subscriptions page. I can't wait to see what the future brings!

24th Mar 2022, 6:16 PM

Lavender-Tea-Dragon

Lavender-Tea-Dragon Lavender-Tea-Dragon

Congratulations on finishing! ^^

24th Mar 2022, 6:20 PM

Flarethefiredragon

Flarethefiredragon Flarethefiredragon

I got into this comic late, and subbed even later when I finished binging (like right near the end of the comic haha), and I'm glad to have joined this ride for however long was left after I caught up.

Also yeah I'm one of those people who are glad there's ace rep

24th Mar 2022, 6:26 PM

DMFox

DMFox DMFox

I love your stories and looking forward to the future project.

24th Mar 2022, 6:41 PM

SinLigereep

SinLigereep SinLigereep

The story was really great to read. I fully enjoyed Ata's journey beginning to end. I'm also satisfied with the ending with the thought that Ata's spirit ended up becoming a 'non-star' spirit to protect those that don't want to follow the ways of their stars. The way she becomes like a black rabbit spirit also reminds me of the black rabbit of inle from Watership Down, obviously Ata in this instance is her own thing and there's clear differences- I'm just saying from my experiences and inspirations that, that is what it reminds me of.

I've been enjoying your stories so far and I can't wait to see how Repeat goes.

24th Mar 2022, 6:50 PM

Guest

Guest Guest

It was amazing!

24th Mar 2022, 6:55 PM

GreyCorsola

GreyCorsola GreyCorsola

This was beautiful, thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I'm so deeply glad and the fact that even though it was bittersweet, it is kind of a happy ending. Ata gets to protect those from the stars, she gets to live her like pain free and her family gets to be free as well.

It's truly inspired me, thank you so much for this journey. You should feel proud of yourself, not everyone can finish a comic.

24th Mar 2022, 6:58 PM

Lexx

Lexx Lexx

I loved this comic! I'm on the ace spectrum myself and it was great to see the topic covered in a comic series. I'm sorry you experienced online harrassment 'bout it.

I work in a bookstore and there's a new YA book that is getting some attention called Loveless, and the main character is ace. It's so rare to see ace sexuality covered in media but I'm glad there's more stuff becoming available for both teens and adults all the time!

(I also just finished A Flightless Bird and really enjoyed it! So now I'm going to go read Repeat as well!)

24th Mar 2022, 7:05 PM

HarmonyTRE

HarmonyTRE HarmonyTRE

This was an epic comic, and I'm glad to have been on this journey since the beginning! I'm sorry I haven't commented much, but I've loved each and every page and ADORE how you added an ace character. As a comic artist myself, 202 pages a year is a sight to behold and I have much respect for you. Wishing you luck for the coming year! Remember to drink water and take breaks. <3

24th Mar 2022, 7:10 PM

RozMatozzPlus

RozMatozzPlus RozMatozzPlus

I'm glad I was here for the ride! I'll never regret it, nor forget this wonderful story.

24th Mar 2022, 7:25 PM

KidCthulhu

KidCthulhu KidCthulhu

This was an amazing comic with amazing characters. I don't usually read "animal comics" but this one really grabbed me and I'm glad to see it to the end.

Thank you for such a wild, emotional ride.

24th Mar 2022, 7:53 PM

Starsent

Starsent Starsent

Congratulations on finishing!

24th Mar 2022, 8:44 PM

ivory-birb

ivory-birb ivory-birb

I can't believe Ata's story is finally finished! Roar Howl Run was a story that shocked me with how mature and intelligent it was. The story always captivated me. I'll miss Ata's amazing, empowering story of defying the will of fate and carving out one's own destiny. I'm excited to see how Repeat processes, and I can't wait to see what you do next!

24th Mar 2022, 8:53 PM

ltread

ltread ltread

Thanks again for sharing your work. Your stories are lovely.

24th Mar 2022, 9:52 PM

wstzkgjw

wstzkgjw wstzkgjw

This comic was great! I loved every page of it

24th Mar 2022, 11:08 PM

ChevreLune

ChevreLune ChevreLune

this was a fantastic story to read through. I think this is one of my favorite endings to your stories, and Ata as well is one of my favorite protags :) well done!

24th Mar 2022, 11:33 PM

infinity-goat-scream

infinity-goat-scream infinity-goat-scream

congrats on finishing! i've been a silent reader since finding DoD way back on deviantart, insane to think its already been 3 years since that ended. RHR was amazing and i was always looking forward to seeing what it had in store, thank you for always giving us readers your amazing stories to read, i've loved all of them so far and i'm looking forward to your future projects!

25th Mar 2022, 5:21 AM

Lynxflame1534

Lynxflame1534 Lynxflame1534

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. It was so fun to read and I remember when you started it, we were all wondering where it was going. It definitely opened my eyes to some things. The story was fantastic. Good luck on your future ventures! Godspeed!

25th Mar 2022, 6:15 AM

Mango Cat

Mango Cat Mango Cat

I loved this comic so, so much! I will miss reading it and seeing its wonderful cast in action, but I’m glad for your accomplishment in finishing it! :)

25th Mar 2022, 6:43 AM

Natalie

Natalie Natalie

Congrats on finishing! This story was amazing! Beautiful art. I can't wait to see what other comics you make!

25th Mar 2022, 11:22 AM

Doenut

Doenut Doenut

Once again, congrats on another chapter closed. The battles you've faced outside of these stories is reflected in the battles you give to your characters. Untold conflicts and problems you face and wish to conquer. And Ata, she faced against the stars.. something we can't even touch. We can't thank you enough for coming back to finish this series.

“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.”Unknown

25th Mar 2022, 12:42 PM

detrah

detrah detrah

what a lovely story this has been to follow! i loved ata's attitude and growth. sad to hear that her asexuality caused some comments to hit too close, but it was a lovely inclusion nevertheless, as an ace reader! thanks for always uploading your comics, can't wait to see the end of repeat next.

25th Mar 2022, 1:04 PM

borzoiteeth

borzoiteeth borzoiteeth

Congrats on finishing yet another beautiful work. Thank you for sharing it with us.

25th Mar 2022, 3:24 PM

MischievousFoxeh

MischievousFoxeh MischievousFoxeh

An alright story.

26th Mar 2022, 11:46 AM

Fallingfeather

Fallingfeather Fallingfeather

What a fantastic ending!!! It must feel good to have another complete comic under your belt! Thank you so much for finishing it- I don't know what I would have done not knowing how it ends. :3 You're a fantastic writer! Looking forward to seeing how Repeat goes as well. Thank you so much!!!

26th Mar 2022, 11:47 AM

FallenSparrow

FallenSparrow FallenSparrow

Another beautifully perfect comic! The story was wonderfully done, really a "choose your own fate" comic with a different and good spin on it. I love that Ata went on in death to protect those who may not fit into the role they were born into. I loved reading Ata's journey.

Also, as a slight side note; during the time span of this comic, I figured out I was aro/ace. I'd like to think Ata had something to do with that, seeing a character who didn't want romance or children, she really hit the mark. She was really nice representation in a world that has little, and even as I did some re-reading I realized how much I connected with her experiences. So thank you. <3

26th Mar 2022, 1:00 PM

Guest

Guest Guest

I really enjoyed the ride.
I hope more comics will come soon. :)

27th Mar 2022, 12:58 PM

Juke

Juke Juke

Thank you so so much for Ata's story. Absolutely beautiful story and as someone on the ace-spec myself I fully agree seeing myself in her made her so much more relatable as a protag. ♡♡

8th Apr 2022, 10:16 AM

Shadowguest

Shadowguest Shadowguest

20th April 2022 here.

You said a lot of people reminded you why you didn't want to tell this story, and then a lot of people told you they loved this story.

I belong to the second group - really, thank you so much for sharing Ata's story. She lived longer than usual for her kind, not long enough as her family, but ultimately, she lived a happy and fulfilling life. It was great to see her defy everything the world (and stars) threw at her, and it was even more lovely to see her up in the sky, helping others like her! She might've not lived like others wanted her to, but she still left her mark on the world.

It was also just great to see a protagonist like this - insistent and stubborn to keep living the life they want, no matter what others told them. Really, you made Ata justice.

Thank you again for sharing. I might look around to read your other comics, too.

20th Apr 2022, 4:18 PM

Ray_Ray

Ray_Ray Ray_Ray

Congratulations on finishing! Incredible job you did, this has to be one of my favorite comics on CF. the story, characters and art were lovely and enjoyable all the way through.

I loved the message and Ata as a protagonist. despite the world being against her, she still pushed through and defied what everyone expected from her because it's not what she wanted. it also shows that sometimes blood is not thicker than water, I loved loved Ata's found family, and how they've had her back until the end. the ending, although sad, was satisfying, with Ata becoming the opposite(?) of a star and protecting those who are like her. Ata's journey ended too soon, but she left her mark on the world and on everyone who knew her.

ALSO it took me until the end to realize this comic was loosely based off Greek mythology which made me like it even more because come on mythology is cool

I wish I had discovered it sooner, but I'm glad I found it anyways!

27th Apr 2022, 2:56 AM

TheTRUEgge

TheTRUEgge TheTRUEgge

Binged this entire comic after is was recommended as an example of a character being asexual and that being tied into the story… and I really, really love this comic. Such fun characters, such a delightful world and message. Your colors are fantastic and Ata’s struggles feel very familiar. Thank you so much for writing and drawing it!

9th Jun 2022, 10:07 PM

ShadowFurry7

ShadowFurry7 ShadowFurry7

What if a disciple eat his own eye because he is injured?

13th Jun 2022, 6:00 PM

cactusaurus

cactusaurus cactusaurus

This comic was incredibly powerful and emotional. My heart still hurts after Ata's final battle, but I love that the Stars, despite all their cruelty, could not destroy her completely, and she still lives on in some way and defies them.

Ata was an extremely admirable character, and it was wonderful to have watched her grow up, becoming less reckless but never losing her boldness and courage. I love that what she valued most was her family, and that her relationship with her family sometimes became very complicated, but never because any of them loved each other less.

I also think you were bold, for telling Ata's story. I hope that, even if you don't share anything online, you continue to create. You seriously have a lot of talent, and personally inspired me to make my own comic.

Thank you so much for sharing this comic. I made you a little drawing to belatedly celebrate Roar Howl Run's completion :) And this time I hosted it on Imgur so hopefully the link will not break!! https://imgur.com/4XYNQrL

19th Jun 2022, 2:40 PM

KCCreates

KCCreates KCCreates

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Ata really earned her place in the sky.

10th Aug 2022, 3:21 PM

Guest

Guest Guest

Just marathoned this, what a fantastic comic. I regret not checking it out while it was updating, but getting it all in one go was certainly a treat.

Thank you.

24th Oct 2022, 6:15 PM

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