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Rescue

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Hey guys,

Small update today as I’m dealing with some personal family issues.

Enjoy the new page and I’ll see you all Friday for a new color Chapter 1 page.

146 Responses

  1. John says:

    When I looked back at the pages you said you redid, that only means you’re coloring them right? Because When I saw the redone page with the giants they were still the same. You still planing to give them a new look or keep them the same? If I can be kindly honest here; I think they look boring as they are now. It mentions that they live near the water right? How about giving them webbed hands or another aquatic attribute. That will give them a cool look that will help people think when they see it “that’s not just any Giant; that’s a Hominid Giant”! :D

  2. Kate says:

    Well done Keyli! Good to know he still managed to keep Clumsy safe, even in these ridiculously extreme circumstances.

    But… that lady with the red dress with black, radiating triangles on it? She’s the same as in the cave he jumped from. I mean, the women don’t seem to have a lot of fashion choices, but her hair is the same (i.e. uncovered) as well. I’m pretty sure that’s the same woman. So Keyli is back in the same cave, which means he can jump again.

    Sno hasn’t fallen past yet, so surely he should be going for another jump? If nothing else, as a backup in case Icari fails? Sure, due to the timing, it’s much less likely he’ll manage a good jump like he did for Clumsy, but it’s better than nothing, right?

    Or maybe it wasn’t just a matter of tying a rope around his waist and leaping out. Maybe they had to hoist him up with all kinds of tricky pulleys and stuff just for him to jump in the first place, so it would take too long to get set up for another jump.

    Either way, I hope Icari manages to catch Sno. I’m worried about what his father is up to with that bow and arrow. Instead of having Sno cast off the cliff, he might instead sacrifice her by shooting her. It would be more fitting for what is increasingly revealed to be their very bloody religion.

    Very exciting chapter. Thanks tremendously for taking the time to update despite your issues at home. I hope they aren’t too serious, and that they are resolved in the best way possible.

    • jordan says:

      Thanks for the kind words Kate.
      You’re right that he’s back in the same cave. It would be smart to get back up there as quickly as possible as back up. The only problem is, he was hanging upside down on rocks for a very long time. Even as tough as he is, Keyli’s muscles have to be wiped out. It will be much harder to get up there the second time.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the chapter. All I’ll say about what’s coming is, it hasn’t even begun to get tense yet….

  3. Greg White says:

    How is puppy love dealt with in Hominids?

    • jordan says:

      I’m not even sure that’s really a thing for them. They’re a much more open culture. I think they don’t have any problems expressing their feelings at any age.

  4. Silly Zealot says:

    I do wonder, why do the people of the mountain and the jungle-dwellers speak the same language?

    • jordan says:

      It’s a good question. Honestly, I think speaking different languages doesn’t really lend itself the the medium. So I decided to go the way of Avatar: The Last Airbender or Star Wars where everyone just instinctively speak the same language. It does stand to reason that they’ve been fighting long enough they at least can understand each other.

  5. Greg White says:

    I admire how the people in Hominids live a simple life without being surrounded by wealth and having so much while others have so little.If more people lived a simple life this world might actually be a better place to live in.

  6. MyHatIsMade FromOstriches says:

    And no one saw that?
    They’re like right there.

    • jordan says:

      A little difficult to see, but they’re arms are raised to the sky so it might be safe to assume they are looking towards the sky.

  7. Ian Callow says:

    my only question… did Icari account for there hands to be tied?

    • jordan says:

      He’s witnessed past sacrifices, so he would take that into account. Like he admitted at the beginning of the chapter though, he didn’t have a lot of prep time and he admitted it was an imperfect plan. He’s definitely sweating it.

  8. John says:

    Whelp, I’m depressed. I know he’s going to be saved but still. :(

  9. LaughingTarget says:

    Gotta avoid those crazy death cults.

  10. Ian Callow says:

    I feel the priest is hiding something very dark; and whats with the hypocrisy?
    since when does he follow the sky god, Icari “found”

    • jordan says:

      The Mountain God and the Sky God are the gods the humans worship. So they view Sno and Clumsy as the equivalent to say, angels are to the Christian God. Only when the Sky God sends them, it’s as gifts to sacrifice to the Mountain. It’s a way for the gods to keep peace with each other….at least that’s what the Mountain Dwellers believe.
      Icari’s “god”, the one in the cave, isn’t associated with either.

  11. Greg White says:

    on Youtube there’s a video entitled Stockholm syndrome The Movie. It’s about a kidnapping of a young woman named Allie by a young man named Jace.She’s rescued a year later and she calls her captor a nice guy.You might want to get it a look see.

  12. John says:

    We’re half way though the chapter now. I feel like the rest is going to be mostly action. It feels like a storm over the horizon. Can’t wait to see who lives and who dies.

  13. anglophony says:

    Can’t week , you say ?
    Lets see how long it takes ’til you respond…..

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  15. Ian Callow says:

    just a hunch, I feel like there will be a giant misunderstanding between the humans and Neanderthals, and there will be a conflict. truthfully, it could have been avoided if Icari, once safe; sent a message to zona (by some means), saying
    “hey, were okay; im totally gonna escape with everybody. just wait”
    anyway, im just worried on how this misunderstanding will happen
    (also im using my real name now. not my penn name)

    • jordan says:

      I think it’s a bit more then a misunderstanding at this point. There is some genuine, albeit unjustified, hatred there. I’m also not sure who Icari could send out without going unnoticed. Interesting perspective though. Hopefully they’ll all be able to communicate their messages in the future.

  16. MyHatIsAlsoRadishes says:

    Oh, the front of the mountain resembles a robed figure with its hands folded wearing a little pointy hat.

    Was that intentional, or am I having a stroke right now?

    • jordan says:

      Repeating shapes in a page is often a trick artists use to help keep a unified composition, so that was definitely intentional. The shape of the mountain though, was actually supposed to mirror a certain tattoo on someone’s forehead.

  17. Greg White says:

    I recently read a book entitled Held.It’s about a teenage girl named Chloe Mills who gets kidnapped and becomes emotionally attached to her kidnapper.It’s great reading.I highly recommend it.

  18. LaughingTarget says:

    Yay, gonna be some Tarzan swinging after all!

  19. John says:

    I still get the feeling that someone is not going to make it out of this alive, or at least whole, at the end. Makes me uneasy.

  20. Chris says:

    Oh, my God! This is a shocking development :D Good mountain priests?! There might be hope for our heroes after all…. right? (Again, great job <3 Plus, don't worry; I didn't mind the long wait.)

    • jordan says:

      Always have leave a little room for hope. Plus, there are always going to be good people wherever you go. Just some places are harder to find it than others.

  21. Chris says:

    Yeah, buddy. Trust in your friend, who has most likely already switched sides after hearing a story from the crazy High Priest that sounds very, very similar to how your friend met you guys. I’m sure nothing will go wrong… XD

    (Seriously, though. I love this comic <3)

  22. Armi says:

    Oh wow, can’t wait to see what happens!! So exciting! Keep up with the good job.

    • jordan says:

      Thanks Armi! Now that I’m back from vacation, I can get to work on the big things happening next. Glad you’re still enjoying it.

  23. MyHatIsAlsoRadishes says:

    Here I was thinking he had been ploting and scheming this whole time to overthrow the priesthood so he could go “you guys know what? Its all fine. Jungle people time.”

    I guess if you wear a mask for long enough you kind of become the mask.

    • jordan says:

      The High Priest is definitely a complex character and he’s definitely drank his own kool-aid. I really enjoy writing him.

  24. Greg White says:

    This month on the 14th I turn 42.

  25. LaughingTarget says:

    We definitely appreciate the time you took to get three pages out in short order so we don’t miss an update. With the quality of artwork you perform, it’s an amazing feat.

    • jordan says:

      Thanks LT. It was a choir but I’m glad I didn’t have to worry while I was away. Now back to building my buffer!

  26. LaughingTarget says:

    Seen through her “lies”. Rich coming from a guy bearing the biggest lie in the room right on his forehead. He even framed it for good measure.

  27. John says:

    I know that it was never going to work or we’d never have a story. But it’s still sad to see everything go down hill so fast. :(

  28. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    “Is this a break-up?”

  29. Greg White says:

    How is someone who misbehaves punished?

    • jordan says:

      I’m not even sure punishment would be in they’re vocabulary. I think misbehaving is probably worked out as a group together.

  30. McAllister says:

    well I know how the humans got the slave they killed off a few panels ago

  31. GroundPetrel says:

    Popping up from lurking to say: Wow, this is going downhill fast. Hope Icari and the guys can get out, and soon.

    Still reading, still sharing with my friends, still loving every minute.

    Best,
    GP

    • jordan says:

      Their situation is definitely deteriorating. Thanks for continually reading and sharing. Glad you left a comment

  32. LaughingTarget says:

    I figured smiling while watching one of the tree dwellers get arrowed to the face put him in the irredeemable category.

  33. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    I’m guessing that was ol Suntan Mc.Eyeless?

  34. McAllister says:

    hmm, im just gonna go out on a limb, that the hate is just a ruse put on by Otari. I sense he will be more helpful than he lets on to be. still following this comic!

  35. LaughingTarget says:

    Guess Otari and Zona aren’t friends anymore.

  36. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    Not sure if I expected them to have that many warriors.
    Or are most of those just villagers?

  37. Greg White says:

    You should see the 1971 and 2008 film versions of the Andromeda Strain.They’re quite enjoyable.

  38. Greg White says:

    What happens if someone commits a crime?

    • jordan says:

      That’s suggesting there is crime, which is something I think comes from societies and nations that have laws. I don’t think the Tree Dwellers work that way. The Mountain Dwellers, well I’m guessing you can figure out what they do with their criminals.

  39. Greg White says:

    I look forward to each new Hominids strip.

  40. LaughingTarget says:

    Hmm. Keyli marginalized by the other tree people. Mother was involved with the current High Priest. Keyli’s Dad is the High Priest would be a huge mind fuck up there.

  41. Greg White says:

    Jordan ever seen the 1971 and 2008 film versions of the Andromeda strain?

  42. Greg White says:

    How about having a plague strike and kill most of the people.

    • jordan says:

      A plague would be pretty harsh and unpleasant to draw. I don’t know if I want to kill off that many people.

  43. LaughingTarget says:

    They had to have done something more than cut off his nuts for him to be afraid to change things after he became the top boss. Kinda like those elephants that were chained their whole lives and can be tethered to a plastic lawn chair by some flimsy rope.

    • jordan says:

      I think it was more the indoctrination more then anything. They convinced him that he was a sexual deviant before castrating him. They made him believe he deserved it.

  44. Greg White says:

    In Hominids what happens to orphans?

    • jordan says:

      Well the Tree Dwellers raise their young as a community so there isn’t really any such thing as an orphan.

  45. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    Suppose its not wrong to suggest they also want to put themselves as far apart from the tree dwellers as they can, cause of how much they hate them?

    Like they observe what they do, and then theyre like “okay, everybody do the exact opposite of that”.

    • jordan says:

      It’s not wrong to consider that at all, even if it’s subconscious. Story wise, that’s exactly how I wanted to build the culture between the two. For the Mountain Dwellers it was easy because I just had to look at how closed off, suppressed cultures act today. It was much harder actually building the Tree Dwellers as kind of this peaceful, hippie dippie love fest without making it feel like that.

  46. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    So its just playing games with their power?
    Like decreeing that every tuesday at 10:11am sharp, everyone must punch themselves in nose or burn eternally?
    “because I can”, basically?

    (also, sorry if multible posts like this from the same guy is a bit annoying. I dont know how to reply to replies.)

    • jordan says:

      I love getting comment so please feel free.
      You have the right idea. Arbitrary rules for the sake of control.

  47. MyHatGotChangedToCabbages says:

    I never got why sex is evil.

    Though I guess overpopulation would be pretty crippling to the mountain dwellers.

    • jordan says:

      It has less to do with overpopulation and more to do with control.
      The High Priest mentioned that they used to be hunter/gatherers before coming to the Mountain. It’s once they settled down they learned about agriculture.
      With agriculture resources become limited and ownership becomes a thing. Everybody owns something, including people and the way they behave.

    • LaughingTarget says:

      Agriculture became a thing because the population grew too large for hunter-gatherer societies to continue living. The wild land was insufficient to handle human population, so people were forced into corralling food and increasing yields or they would ultimately starve.

  48. Greg White says:

    In Hominids if someone feels remorse for having done something wrong how do they make amends?

    • jordan says:

      In a nutshell, sex. I liken the Tree Dwellers to Bonobos and the Mountain Dwellers to they’re more violent cousins, the Chimpanzee. Bonobos deal with things through sex causing a more peaceful, cohesive group.

  49. Rich Wallace says:

    Great textures and flashback style!

  50. TK says:

    Damn, the priesthood are harsh! Very cool page especially in regards to shading and lighting.

    PS, typo in panel 3- should be “difficult to believe”.

  51. LaughingTarget says:

    OK, gonna believe this part is accurate and honest. Either the flashback is warped or he’s not powerful enough to change the culture and is being an ass to protect the city from mass riots.

    • jordan says:

      Yeah, he’s definitely telling the truth here. Why he’s telling Icari all this will be explained in later pages.

  52. Kate says:

    Ooh, that’s harsh… He returns with a glowing holy symbol on his head, so they string him up and torture him. “How dare you say that the gods don’t want us to he horrible and cruel!” Charming.

    Also, and I’m sure you’d have picked these up eventually anyway, but I just want to draw your attention to some minor typos: 1st panel should read, “The people praise *you* and so shall we.” 3rd should read, “Have the gods changed *their* minds?”

  53. Silly Zealot says:

    “So you have a glowing symbol on your forhead?”- One of the council asked, -“Big deal, I have a birth mark that looks like Jennifer Aniston!”
    It should be noted that, in this setting, the surviving records and pictures of Jennifer Aniston were idolized to an statusquite similar to Aphrodite.

  54. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Oh man, look at that mustache. I didnt think dwarfs could be mages.

  55. LaughingTarget says:

    Ah, here comes the unreliable narrator telling us of the past.

  56. John says:

    So are they praising his return because he supposedly survived alone in an environment that they have trouble living in even in groups? Or because his forehead is now really shiny? ….I’m going for the latter; much more amusing that way. :)

    • jordan says:

      Both. They thing his shining tattoo is what gave him the power to survive the jungle. They’re a superstitious lot.

  57. Greg White says:

    How about having someone kidnapped and end up with Stockholm syndrome.

    • jordan says:

      The story is pretty much set in stone at this point. However, it could be argued that’s what happened to Icari.

  58. Greg White says:

    You really have talent. Keep up the good work.

  59. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Hey, you never know.
    Maybe he’ll get lucky and he’ll just randomly redring.

  60. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Oh dear, I just noticed priestguy mc redrobes has got an xbox power button on his forehead.
    Now I cant unsee it.

    • jordan says:

      If only Icari knew that all he had to do was touch his forehead and he’d turn him off!

  61. LaughingTarget says:

    If a city is built or settled prior to any kind of written record system, its founding usually ends up with some kind of fantastic legend story. Rome has Romulus and Remus, Athens has a conflict between Poseidon and Athena, etc. Verbal history tends to get distorted by inter-generational games of “telephone”. For a heavily religious people such as the Mountain Dwellers, developing a fantastic founding myth is plausible and possibly expected if the area was inhabited for enough generations so even people with second hand knowledge are long dead.

    Also, am I the only one that wants to pull a Tarzan under the city on those vines?

  62. FlyingGekko says:

    Aha! Found the spot on the map :) Right in the pig’s mouth below the ear! Or is it a rat?

    • jordan says:

      Holy crap! Now I can’t unsee that! I think that’s the best pig drawing I’ve ever done unintentionally.

  63. MyHatIsMadeOfOranges says:

    Wait, the city was already there when the homo sapiens showed up?

    • jordan says:

      If he’s telling the truth, or the truth wasn’t somehow diluted over the ages…you’ll have to wait and see.

  64. LaughingTarget says:

    The bow dramatically changed the face of warfare and was the dominant weapon for around thirty thousand years. The oldest known bow, a Holmegaard design dating back to 9,000 BCE, is so effective that modern competition and hunting bows are based on its design. Archery was a huge game changer in human civilization. I would wager a guess that archery was the key determinant as to why H. Sapiens became the dominant species and other branches died out or, potentially, were integrated into the species.

    This is basically bad news for anyone that isn’t a devout Mountain Dweller, especially if the bow is refined beyond a simple bent stick.

    I love the insinuation from the High Priest that this is, somehow, his idea via divine inspiration.

    • jordan says:

      Spot on! In my research I’ve also read that if civilization were ever lost, if we had to start all over, certain things would always come back. One of which is the bow and arrow. This is one of the possible reasons we see it in every cultures history.
      If anything, this will certainly change things for the worst.

  65. McAllister says:

    so, (so far) we have the mountain people , the tree people, the bone eaters(?), and “icari’s god” hmm… could there (it could potentially be a good story ark) be a tribe on the river, full of nomadic fishermen.

    • jordan says:

      You may. In fact, it might be worth going back to the first five pages of chapter 1 to see if you’re right. ;)

  66. LaughingTarget says:

    *spear plunges into the abused one’s chest”

    Uh…

    *jazz hands*

    Tada!

  67. Silly Zealot says:

    I should have posted this over a week ago, but, man! Did you just make fanart of your own comic and send it to yourself! I can’t tell it was a different author!

    • jordan says:

      Haha! I’ll take that as a compliment because Leila Del Duca’s work is awesome. Next time you’re at a comic shop, do yourself a favor and pick up her comic, Shutter.

  68. LaughingTarget says:

    It’s a shame Sno is so hot-headed. Now it’s going to be harder to get the other two out of prison.

  69. John says:

    I see visiting hours are in effect.

  70. Silly Zealot says:

    Such small creatures, eaten my slightly less small creatures, who in turn are eaten by other slightly less creatures…

  71. Vachement captivant : je crois que ce post intéresserait une meuf

  72. LaughingTarget says:

    Just a little erosion and the city can say goodbye.

  73. Kate says:

    Aw man, I’m anticipating chapter 6 so much!! Although “Sacrifice” is a pretty massively ominous title.

    Beautiful artwork here. I hope that little cave down under the city turns out to be a secret escape route or hideyhole of some sort. Because, honestly, things can’t get much worse for our heroes.

  74. McAllister says:

    first time we get to see the mountain kingdom
    wow… I’d rather be with the tree people

  75. John says:

    YAY! I can’t wait to find out the priest’s true motives! I will admit you have at lest me stumped on that. Tuse can’t come any faster.

    • jordan says:

      I’m glad you didn’t see it coming. I think the rest of his story should be pretty interesting.

  76. OMG! I cannot wait for chapter 6! Your work is amazing. I’m dying to see the cover next week. Keep on working Jordan your awesome!

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