No news this week, Hominerds. Enjoy the new page.
So many directions this could go in. 🙂
Those are some nice wall jumping moves he’s got there! off to help hold the tree up.
Looking at the thing’s large tail, it looks as if he can stand with it like a lamia/ naga. Probably use his feet as extra hands then.
Keyli for the WIN!! Awesome page, Jordan!
Thanks, Richard! Keyli’s going for it! Whatever ‘it’ is.
Something tells me that Keyli is intending to save the alien.
I like the way you think….whether it’s true or not.
… and suddenly there is sound again and everything seems to happen all at once …
I like this change from some kind of silent suspense (where everybody was just watching aghast, not really understanding what was happening) to jumping into action. Keyli looks like a spring released.
I think the silence before the sound it pretty effective too. Thanks Ulm.
I would have gone for more of a exertion groan to be honest.
Which could be low enough that the rest of them dont hear it all the way up there.
So I think it works with no sound effect honestly.
Also, a sound effect of a roar would be helpfull. Page seams mute without it.
Good point. Thanks for the feedback.
Any one else getting a spider-man home coming from this; you know the boat scene.
Any way I know the image of him jumping out at the reader from another page but somehow I can’t find it or I imaging things. really want them to have their conversation with it just so we can get some answers and more questions.
That’s funny. The Spider-Man similarity is coincidence, I promise.
Not sure what image you’re talking about having seen that before. Maybe a promo image? At my Patreon?
Run away, run away!
Everything makes me think of Monty Python, which is not a bad thing…
That is very true.
So Jordan, did you model the clothes of the Tree-Dwellers & Mountain-Dwellers after any indigenous tribes?
Not really. I wanted their designs to come from their environments so the Tree Dwellers could arguably take inspiration from tribes in South America. But largely I wanted them to feel like their own thing.
So Jordan, is there any hominid equivalent to Floresiensis & Erectus in the Hominids universe?
I haven’t put them in because they’re the common ancestor to humans and Neanderthals. I might try to think of a creative way of putting them in there but I’d prefer species that roughly lived at the same time.
Whoa, homo-squiddian threw them out of harm’s way! He really is a good man- creature- thing at heart! *crosses fingers*
Maybe it’ll help them after all?
So maybe the tail is functional, as well as Awesome Looking.
Whatever is about to happen, I’m guessing the word “Ouch” comes into play somehow. Too bad no one said “hold my beer”…
I have a strong feeling it’s functional as well. Glad you think it looks awesome!
Is Antozia’s feet different? I remember them looking more like hands; these look like normal feet.was this a change?
I should be worried but I feel that your not going kill off the creature after only four pages.
Also just noticed that the creature has an exoskeleton and the right side of his face is broken off, showing his tasty purple meat. nice bit of visual story telling there.
You caught me! I totally am going to have to go back and fix her feet. Sometimes things fall by the wayside when you’re thinking about so many things. That’s why I need you guys to keep me honest.
And good catch, that is a different texture under that exoskeleton. Could it be shedding?
I wish she didn’t die at least not before she gives birth to her hybrid child. It could be the only hope of bringing peace between Icari’s people and hers. And I’m guessing if Sno didn’t survive the fall, that alien which Icari claimed to be a god might be able to resurrect her. He might have some hi-tech equipment to do so.
Do you mean, you hope she doesn’t die? I do promise that Zona has a lot more story to be told.
As for Sno, I think that’s what Keyli is hoping too. We’ll see if that’s even possible.
When will the first page of this chapter to feature Zona appear? The last chapter featured her climbing the Mountain while she’s heavily pregnant and alone which is obviously a bad idea. By the way, when will the actual fate of Sno be revealed? In Sacrifice, she was shown to fall off the cliff with an arrow pierced into her shoulder region but she could have survived that fall.
That would be a lot of spoilers that I’m not sure I want to give away. However I will say, the second half of this chapter will heavily feature Zona and what she’s up to.
As for Sno, I think the safest assumption is that she didn’t make. I would love to hear theories on how she survived that fall though.
Thanks for reading and commenting Hee Fone.
OR its his fault, but he wants to fix it.
That seems plausible.
So he’s saving them, cool. Now to find out what is killing the forest for this makes me think he’s not responsible.
And those root dwellers under that root chunk are dead, ionic. And messy.
Yeah, I’m feeling a little bad about killing a bunch of Root Dwellers. We’ll see how many survive.
That’s… an interesting way of communication… or testing ?
I wonder how long the creature has been here. If the root-dwellers have been worshiping it all this time, I imagine it has been here for quite some time.
Could be. Although, they may have just started worshiping it.
I’m trying to look at this from an extreme primitive person’s point of view.
They may never even have seen some of the color they are currently experiencing, and have no frame of reference to use to identify or describe any of this.
Makes it even stranger. 🙂
Absolutely. No wonder they would worship it, right.
Ok, but is it just me, or those tentacles looks parasitic? Like a second creature (or many of them) that live under Old One’s skin? Or that’s design choice?
Interesting idea. Sort of like Dr. Octopus’s arms.
I thought the alien thing was supposed to be obvious, though.
I mean, there was a crashed space ship and everything.
Or was it supposed to be an underground research facility, and these beings already live on the planet?
Does that mean the jungle is actually a sort of wildlife reserve?
I think all those ideas seem like viable options at this point. I don’t want it to fall to one particular theory just yet.
As others have said, the god’s design is SO bad ass. I can’t believe he’s finally arrived!!!
WHOA! That’s fuckin’ awesome…. look at that crazy hand tendril interface thingy! I love when I get surprises.
Wait, so is he like, comparing the two of them?
Like Kate before me said he might be the one that designed the hominidae.
Now, Im thinking since humans like we know them today, homo sapiens sapiens, only really came about around 20.000 years ago, Im assuming in an ancient world like this, they must be a pretty recent development relatively speaking.
Could it be that these aliens visit the planet every couple thousand years, and the homo sapiens is something that has developed only after the last time they were there, and he hasnt seen them before?
I like the alien idea. He definitely looks extraterrestrial.
So is this his talk to the hand or interrogation? Both?
also gill ears
I would go with both.
This is getting very interesting. The creature’s crest resembles the holy symbol used by the mountain people, although theirs has one part broken off… Maybe their religion was based on a different creature who had a damaged crest? The root dwellers certainly worship it as well, at any rate. And we haven’t seen Antozia’s reaction–any reverence from her will be very telling. It (or others like it) has been around long enough to shape the cultures and religions of the various people of this world. I wonder what its goal is? Is it an interested alien scientist, merely studying a world it found? Or did it design the world that seems to be a future version of our own? To what ends?
Great questions, Kate. I like your theory’s about the symbology on its chest. I wish I could spoil it for you but imagine you’d rather wait.
HOLY CRAP!!!! Inheritor species, I think you may just have met your ancestor…and Grandad is pissed.
I’ve seen enough tentacle hentai to be scared for Keyli.
I didn’t even see Keyli until the second time I looked at the page. My eyes were glued to the (Alien?).
Well done! 🙂
Awesome! That’s what I was hoping! Thanks man!
That is one bad-ass looking design for this character. One of the best I’ve seen. waited a long time to see him and you did not disappoint.
I feel like he saved Keyli so the he can know his people. More from a deep set of needing to know then just pure curiosity or because he cares. He may have gotten what he needs of the root dwellers and from the three human hunters that were in his (home?), but it seems that they at lest got his eye.
Is the creature bad/ evil? I don’t think so but this is his first true showing.
That definitely remains to be seen. Either way, I hope you enjoy the ride.
I’m glad you liked the design. I’ve had it in the bag for a looooooooooong time.
This splash page is AWESOME. Probably my favorite page in the whole series.
Thanks brother! It’s my favorite too.
Whoa….. :O Well, hope you like what you find, Keyli 🙂
Guy sure looks intimidating. But that does not necessarily determine him as a bad guy. Maybe more a neutral entity who has some tough question to why the “heroes” crossed/trespassed its realm. Well, it would be at least nice for it to try some conversation before beating the crap out of everybody…
That’s a good theory.
And the root dwellers are worshiping him, I did not see that the first time! I can not believe I predicted that right, what!
Big smile on my face; looking foreword to more of the story.
Wish I could go to Seattle.
I wish you could come out to Seattle too. Some year you’ll have to come out to ECCC.
Ha he’s there knew it!
I am intrigued as to why he saved Keyli though, but I can think of a reason. oh well will learn later.
Well, I want to hear your reasons. You never know, you could be right again.
Huh… That eldritch creature (I’ll call him Old One, ok?) really does like them. And now Keyli has proof to belive in what Icari said.
Those are cool titles you give it.
Keyli has proof. Now it’ll be interesting to see what he does with that information.
That face you make when your characters life is on the line and you roll that 1. O.o
Signs I’m WAY too caught up in these characters fates:
1. I can’t help but make light of their life or death situation. Humor = tension release.
2. I can’t force myself to speculate on anything past the last panel because there are too many bad outcomes and I’m more of a pessimist than I like to admit.
I’m sorry that I’m adding stress to your life, but I’m glad you’re emotionally invested.
You’re right, that I don’t want people to know what will happen to their favorite character. It adds true stakes to their lives and I believe adds more depth.
Quick somebody yell “Do Over”!
Weak ground, in a tree. Weak branch, in a tree. Root dwellers mysteriously on the move. Is something killing the trees?
I think all the people living there are definitely taken by surprise with all this. They’ve been used to a very reliable jungle.
The lower left panel made this play in my head a little bit.
Forget about the inventions of Fire or the wheel, here we see the lost invention of Midget Tossing recorded for all to see. 🙂
I would say that’s probably the first invention of it for sure.
It appears we are witnessing the rare Olympic sport known as Keyli hurling.
And an answer for who I think will crack the roots language; I feel it will be Gosh for I see him with the most patience.
Good point and good guess.
some grammar and spelling mistakes but it’s no big deal.
Oh it good to see that my comments went through because I was not able to see them at at. I thought that because last week I commented using my phone and it may have locked me out using my Verizon email on the computer and I would have to use my newer gmail account. That’s a relief.
So how come no one has been able to crack the root dweller’s language? is it because they make sounds the others can’t or cause their just not friendly?
Yeah, it was a total pain but eventually I found out that the firewall cache needed to be clears. None of my comments or posts were going through either.
The Root Dwellers are probably the most separate genetically from the other Hominids so yeah, the language is harder to crack. Although, if anyone does crack it, who do you think it would be?
Haha. Hey, Hominids can pretend they play phone too.
Hey man, I love this comic and always look forward to the new pages. The art is amazing, the story is actually compelling, and I am always anxious to find out what is going to happen next. If you feel that it’s time to move on, that is your choice but know that I will be a sad puppy if you do. And nobody likes to make puppies sad.
I’ll do everything I can to not let you become a sad puppy, Mike. Thanks for the nice words.
Hi Jordan, Hominids comic is easily one of my favorites. I discovered it not long ago via TWC, and have been hooked ever since. Your characters are exceedingly well done, the storyline is intense, and your artwork is topnotch. I get a hint of Alley-Oop inspiration graphically, which if true, it is a masterful homage to a previous era that you have chosen to mix with your own professional style. The concept of Hominids I find very compelling and original, and am eagerly awaiting learning more about their world and where it may lie in our timeline. The differences between the various hominid cultures is fascinating as well.
I think John may have hit the nail on the head in his comment. You probably just need to advertise a bit more. A lot of the webcomics I read I found through Hiveworks, and several others I found via guest comics in other webcomics. Link exchanges between other webcomics is another influential route. Lastly, in my limited experience, weekly webcomics always grow audiences at a slower rate than ones updating more frequently. With the incredible graphic detail you put into Hominids however, I doubt it’s possible to produce pages faster! You are doing an amazing job already.
Whatever your decision regarding Hominids, thank you for creating it. You bring a bit more joy every week, and I wish you the best whatever you do!
Thanks for the kind words mrw. I definitely need to advertise more. Once I reach $200 on Patreon, I plan to have continuous advertising going. I’d love to be a part of Hiveworks if they’d ever have me, but alas, all my attempts have failed. Oh well. I am working on a GRRL Power fan art piece that’s looking pretty cool. I’ll make sure to share it when I finish.
Trying to see if this comment posts, the last one i did didn’t.
Strange. I can see all of them.
Greetings from Singapore! Just managed to read through the entire comic after seeing your FB page in the suggested list. Great stuff! Burnouts are unavoidable, but I’d love to see how far Zona goes in her mission too.
Thanks Amanda! I’m glad you like it. I gotta tell the Zona story for sure. I have really cool plans for her.
Did my last comment get through?
Yes it did. Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been traveling the last few days.
Ok I have to ask why was Gosh wearing sandals in the first chapter and after he loses them in the same page we never see him or any other tree dweller wear them.
It’s a good question. Gosh has always been treated with special circumstances. But if you watch him through the entire series, he silently has the most growth. At the beginning he’s pretty much completely helpless, wears sandals, is carries around, and basically has to be constantly watched. Look at his behavior now and he is becoming much more confident and independent.
Hi Jordan–longtime lurker, first time commenter. There are a lot of us, I’d wager! I always look forward to your updates and I hope you can find the motivation to keep going.
I see you used to be on Webtoons and have since stopped posting there; I’ve discovered several new webcomics through them (although I came to you because you were linked on another comic I follow (I’ve forgotten which)). It seems like a useful audience-building tool.
One thing that I think might help is having a more friendly page-viewing format? I’ve found that the only way I can view the full-size page is to click on “Chapter 9” and then click on “New Page.” I’m more than willing to take this extra step for such a great comic, but I’m not sure everyone is, especially when so many comics just have the most recent page prominently and immediately displayed. So maybe that’s part of it that you could fix? Perhaps you’ve lost some readers because they don’t know how to view the full-size page, or are too lazy to consistently do it. Just a thought! But I do hope you continue the comic, it’s really enjoyable to read and to view!
Good point David and thanks for the suggestion. I did posit the question a few months back if I should go with a more traditional website. The few people who replied said they like it the way it is. The reason I do like it this way is you don’t get spoilers when you get to the main page. But you’re right, that might kill some people’s interest because of the extra clicks. I could always try it and see how it goes.
I also have to get back on Webtoons!
I’m just found your comic a few days ago and like it a lot.
Not writing much but be a silent reader, hope for long time from now on.
Greetings from Switzerland
Thanks for saying hi Prami. I hope you keep coming back.
This comic is awesome! Best thing i have read in a while. Nice drawings, great characters and a cool story. Keep up the good work
Greetz from Belgium
Thanks for reaching out from Belguim, Boot. I love hearing from readers from other countries! Thanks for the words of encouragement. I’ll do my best.
I found this comic on Webtoons and got hooked. I’d hate to see it end prematurely.
Thanks Howard, and thanks for letting me know where you found it. I sort of gave up on posting to Webtoons but maybe that was premature.
Having just discovered this comic a short time ago, I would be very sorry to see it go.
It is pure AWESOMESAUCE, with a side of KICKASS!
However, wherever your creative and personal ventures take you, I will wish you the best. 🙂
I appreciate the support. Really, I’m thinking aloud….on the computer.
Starting conversations and getting engagement really helps. Otherwise I just don’t know what my readers are thinking.
All l can say is that you can’t forget about the silent majority. If you can see how much traffic your site gets and feel it’s not enough then try to addvertis more. That’s how I found this comic is through another. Try to get with hiveworks or another comic sharing site you think can help. It’s going to take a lot of work but I know you will do your best. And if after all that it’s still not enough then no one can fault you for trying. I know you can do it man just believe.
Thanks John. I think it helps to have better blog posts too in order to get conversations going and get you guys more involved. I’ve already had a much higher response based on a tough question.
Thanks for the encouraging words.
Every project has to come to a defined end, but it would be a pity if demotivation would let you lose your enthusiasm right in the middle of your story. You have reached a pretty high rank at TWC for example. There must be more than a few exited readers. Give us a hint what might help you to feel better.
Your style in drawing and narration is very detailed. I can understand the temptation to put as many details into your story as you can. But this creates a spiral effect of more and more details. You are in danger to lose track of your original plot.
Of course you are the creator of this awesome story and if you decide to draw it to an end it is your decision. I would prefer the alternative: take some time off, rethink the plot and tighten the story. Don’t give up. Your readers are here.
Thanks Ulm-einmal. And you’re right, there are some enthused readers for sure. I think if I have better blog posts, it might help people engage better. I wasn’t even sure if people were reading them and I’m glad to know some are.
I have a very specific ending I want to get to, so I don’t think I could let that go anyways.
If that how you feel, then you do what you feel is necessary. That said, you got something very interesting going on in this comic and you might not want to risk rushing to the end. It’d be disappointing if someone feels you gave a unsatisfactory ending for the characters.
But, you are the creator and you do what you think is right.
Also, the story arc you’re doing right now is awesome, as always 🙂
Thanks Christopher and I always appreciate you, John and Laughing Targets comments. You guys are so consistent each week and I really love seeing what you guys say. I think for now, I’ll just work on having more engaging blog posts and see if that creates a growing community.
As I scanned the crowd I said to myself ” OK, where’s the comic relief here, where’s the nose picker”. I was not disappointed.
haha! You have no idea how happy it makes me feel that you noticed that!
Of course it feels familiar. It’s Thursday.
I’m calling it the thing their looking for is among the root dwellers ruling them.
I can see the little dudes yelling stuff like
“That’ll teach you to be Tall!”
“Upright walking Freaks!”
“Not a single monkey in there family tree!”
“Your long skinny noses, they’re so ugly!”
“Huh? Oh yeah, don’t worry about it. Thats just how dogs say hello.”
Protect your sausage links, Icari!
Oooooh! I can’t wait! 😀
You won’t be sorry.
Yesss! Caught up again 😀 This new cover art is gorgeous 😮 I can’t wait to find out more about this character and what happens next!!
Yay! Thanks Tara! And thank you for your contribution to my Patreon!
Just read the archive, this comic rocks!
Thanks so much, Oz!
Left eye steals your soul, right eye gives you pink eye.
I am so excited for the next chapter!
He looks angry, or it’s his face at rest?
That’s totally his happy face.
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