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Comic 71 - Page 70
5th Apr 2015, 8:31 PM
Page 70
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Skweeee edit delete
Here is page 70!

You may notice that I may be doing some changes to Piper's song over the next couple of weeks.

I've noticed a steady trend on my stats chart of dropping visits and hits. I suspect that I may be dragging the story out to much and loosing people's interest. Either way I'll be going through all the pages and try and figure out where I'm going wrong.

I'm pretty confident I can figure it out.

Oh! We had a full house this weekend and I made the Ham (bone-in). MMMMMMmmmmm. I love using the left over ham for sandwiches! I actually like cooking big meals. What about any of you? Like putting together the big meal or hate it?

My next page may be late by a couple of days, because me and some friends are putting together an ashcan comic for Free ComicBook Day.
User comments:
Seabiscuit edit delete reply
Oh gosh this page is soo gorgeous! This time of day is my absolute favorite, and you portrayed it so beautifully. The sky, the clouds, the darkness on the objects...Beautiful!

I wouldn't worry bout hits or anything too much. They tend to be pretty crazy, you're definitely not doing anything wrong.:D

The ham sounds delicious! I guess I don't mind much putting together a big meal as long as it's not a super common thing.:D
Skweeee edit delete reply
Hi Seabiscuit!!

I really like that part of the day too. I'm glad that you like it!

You're right I shouldn't over think it.

Mmmmm hammmmmm! I just fried some up with some scrambled eggs.
Ninabird edit delete reply
Wow. Brings to mind sooo many early morning car trips.
Skweeee edit delete reply
I know, right?

I have those memories of getting up early to get to the airport for that early flight. Or heading for a day at the beach!
chris-tar edit delete reply
Personally I like an "uncompressed" storyline that carefully exposits character personalities and how they behave in certain fantastical environments.
Please don't leave out anything magical if you do decide to compress the storyline.
I like the way you convey mood in your backgrounds. The night scenes are eerie to me: they have a sense of vulnerability, danger, trepidation, and the foreboding of things unknown.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thanks Chris-tar!

I'm happy that you like the story this way. I am kinda fond of laying it out this way. It pleases me that you are getting a sense of the moods I try to make.
CACKLE.N.COMICS edit delete reply
yeah what Chris-Tar said about not leaving out anything magical; iagree

it's your graphic novel. you're the captain

and oh yeah! Saturday is here!
Centcomm edit delete reply
I personally like the pacing .. Please .. dont speed it up . I think it would lose a lot .. :(

(( love this page ))
Amalockh1 edit delete reply
I agree with Centcomm, the pacing of Piper's Song have been great so far. I think it works very well with the mistery of the plot in my opinion.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thank you Amalockh1!!!

It's a relief to see that the problem is not in the pacing!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Ah thanks so much Centcomm!

your thoughts on this carry a lot of weight, due to you being one of the more experienced people I know on CF.
jolle edit delete reply
I have a sneaking suspicion that this page was a lot easier to make than the previous few. Because most of it is a silhouette. And if you do figure out why your hits and visits are dropping, please tell us.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Very true! It's funny how a page which takes way less work and time to do, can have such visual impact.
lirvilas edit delete reply
Beautiful predawn sky.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thanks man!!!

I've seen a lot of them.
QuietClayton edit delete reply
Absolutely LOVE those sky shots. Love'em!!

I wouldn't worry much about stats..the story is going fine for me. Suspense is building and that makes for good plots. If the action is there too soon the story suffers I my opinion.
My stats for IND are completely wacko. Saturday I had one visitor with 130 page views, so one person REALLY like re-reading the pages or the counters didn't read some visitors...or misread page views...or someone is messing with my head! I blame it on the Easter Bunny.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thank you Clayton!!!!

I like the careful build ups to big showdowns too. Remember Unforgiven?

Ah! I didn't even consider the Easter Bunny!
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
Wowowow! Awesome sky.

And it's SATURDAY!

*ducks because fecal matter is about to hit the rotating cooling device*

Personally, I think your pacing is fine. View counts are a tricky thing. But if you can suss out a trend, by all means do so.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Hey Prof!!!!

Damn right it's Saturday. You know what that means, right? Cartoons.

and after cartoons.... beheadings, executions, death, and destruction, etc....
DizzasterJuice edit delete reply
Everyone's traffic drops off in the Spring as people start getting outside more and spend less time on the comp. Mine is down about 20%.
Nice lighting on this page.
Skweeee edit delete reply
That makes sense Dizz. I worry too much I think. Always worrying that I'm missing something obvious.
Nessabee edit delete reply
I really love that last panel! Nice silhouette.:)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thanks, Nessabee!!!
Stever edit delete reply
Another great looking page. I'm always a sucker for good silhouettes. Sounds like a lot of commenters don't want you to speed up the pacing, but I say, do whatever feels natural to you, because pacing is also part of your style. Cheers!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thanks Stever!

I think you're absolutely right. I should stick to my guns.
Miaubol edit delete reply
He he I see they ninja the kids out early in the morning.. Good idea. ;)

The coloring is gorgeous, I totally get the "really early in the morning" feel.

Your comic is great as always, I don't see any problems with the pacing, each page is moving the story forwards, the suspense is kept. I myself have noticed a slight yet noticeable drop in traffic lately as well, I blame finals week, spring break and easter vacations.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Yes, that's right. Plot hole averted....

Thank you Miaubol. I'm glad I got that feeling across. What I forgot to render was their breath. Just to imply that it is a wee bit chilly.

Thanks friend. I should pull back and look at the big picture.
moizmad edit delete reply
Beautiful early morning scenes. Reminds me of the old days returning home from the bar!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thanks Mo!!!

Yep coming from the bar in the wee hours of the morning. Then Daylight savings came along and wrecked all of that.
Matt Knab edit delete reply
Matt Knab
I wouldn't worry about the number of hits. I've never really noticed a real pattern.

On the story side...I wonder if the girls are going to miss the..."excitement" that's coming due to their trip?
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thank you Matt. That is encouraging to read that.

It's kinda weirdly convenient that they are leaving early Saturday....

TheD-Wrek edit delete reply
That last panel... omg.. I love it. Teach me your ways, sir. XD
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thanks D!!!! Glad you like it.

You teach me your ways first man! Ha ha :D
demcleod edit delete reply
So gifted. This page is beautiful. :)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Hey Dwayne!!! Thank you very much. I'm glad you like it!!
moytime edit delete reply
Awesome page! I love how you included good ol' Timmies. It's the ultimate road trip food.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Hello Moytime!!!

I have been having lots of fun squeezing in bits and pieces of Canada in the story.

I've driven across Canada four times now. Tim Horton's is everywhere.
IllustratorMan edit delete reply
I'm in love with those outside panels!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thanks IllustratorMan!

I ended up quite happy with how they looked in the end.
Proxy170 edit delete reply
I seriously love how you create such contrast with those black fill ins. And the sky looks awesome :D
Skweeee edit delete reply
Hi Proxy!

Thanks! I love doing silhouettes but I wouldn't want to overdo it, because it would lose it's impact.
Rd Ashes edit delete reply
Rd Ashes
I personally use your comic as a reference on how to pace a comic properly!
Hahahaha, let me know what you decide to do.
I think you need to build the suspense, like you have been.

Have you tried to ask some of authors of the other popular comics if they experience drops in readership sometimes?
Skweeee edit delete reply
Wow! Thanks Ash! I use others as reference too when I'm trying out new ways to show something.

Thank you, I'm glad you like how I'm building the suspense here. Honestly, I like dragging things out. It's my affection for the old school westerns, where the tension slowly builds towards the final showdown. Like in Unforgiven, or Open Range.

After some reflection and reading other's encouragement, I'm going to try and not worry too much about my stats. I used to never look at them, but somewhere along the way I got obsessed.
shinka edit delete reply
love your skies!
makes everything pop out!

great work!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Hey thankyou Shinka!

I'm glad you like the colour scheme of the skies.
sephirencomics edit delete reply
Lovely page as always! I love the skies :D
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thank you Sephirencomics.

I'm going to try and continue improving!
Spelledeg edit delete reply
Woah! Skweeee, this page is really great. It's heavy on the atmosphere and has both the quietness of early morning along with the anticipation of adventure. I really like your use of silhouettes on this page, too! I hope Robin and Piper have a fun's hoping they aren't intercepted.

I've got two main scenarios I think might happen now, :D I'll have to wait and see if I'm right.


And regarding the stats, I wouldn't worry too much, they ebb & flow and I don't think it's a matter of pacing. Piper's Song is paced out very well and significant story information is in every page, either in dialogue or action. So there is clear cut progression and action in each sequence. Your pacing is wonderful, Skweeee. :)

(Stats are dumb sometimes, I know for myself my stats go haywire if I'm very active on the forum, or decline if I'm not present there. So I wouldn't pay too much mind.)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Hello Spelledeg!!!!

I love silhouettes in comics. They can mean so many different things, so they can be an excellent contributor to the narrative.

Yep, I think that I'm over thinking the stats here I think. It caused me to loose a little perspective.
iggycrypt edit delete reply
Really? I feel like the story is getting more and more intense! I'm actually nervous about what's going to happen next!

And, I completely agree with Seabiscuit! This page is gorgeous. The colors are very intense. (That also adds to the anticipation of the coming pages)
Skweeee edit delete reply
Oooo! I'm happy that you like the tone I've set. I'm a fan of the old school westerns. I like the slow and relentless build up to the showdown.

Thanks Iggy! That means a lot. Especially cause I'm self taught with all of this.
randomNPC edit delete reply

This page is beautiful! I love what you did to the morning sky! :D
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thank you Random!

Isn't it funny how some of the most impactful pictures seem to be the easiest to render?
Seabiscuit edit delete reply
Hey Skweeee!

Happy one year anniversary of Piper's Song being on CF! What a year, huh.:D
It's been so great following this amazing comic! I very much look forward to the future!

Hope you are well!:D
Skweeee edit delete reply
Ah! Hi Seabiscuit!!!

Thank you, thank you!! Once again your thoughtfulness and kindness sets an example of what I try and emulate on the internet. It's been a year, and I have not progressed even anywhere close to where I wanted to be in the story. That's probably one of the more important lessons I've learned over the past year I think.
Sleeper edit delete reply
D-did Piper's eyes change color?

Gorgeous page as usual. Love that sky.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Hi there Xib!!!!

I don't there's been a change in Piper's eye colour. I've been trying to make her eye's a kind of violet colour all along. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if I had been inconsistant with an earlier page.

Thanks friend! I'm happy the skies have been well received!
Sleeper edit delete reply
I hadn't seen it so bright before and when I went back to the beginning they were mostly black. Dang, thought I caught you doing something sneaky.
Skweeee edit delete reply
You know come to think of it. That would've been a cool idea... Oh well, next comic maybe.

Twistedfro edit delete reply
I'm all caught up! Looking fantastic Skweeee...Art and story is keeping me engaged. I am anxious about what's going down Saturday.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thanks for catching up, Twistedfro!
I promise to try and tone down the wordiness from here on in.
Outlaw edit delete reply
The BIG question is...
Who DOESN'T like donuts?!

Ya know?!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Being Canadian, I am biologically predisposed to liking donuts.
Outlaw edit delete reply
My occupation is police officer... so I'm right there with you, my friend.
Skweeee edit delete reply
Aw man! Now that I know what you do, I'm going to end up worrying about you.

Be safe!
Songgu Kwon edit delete reply
Songgu Kwon
I am also all caught up! Reader traffic will fluctuate. Your story is progressing nicely and the tension is mounting!
Skweeee edit delete reply
Thank you very much Songgu.