Lyra by Jenn Lee
Posted March 13, 2018 at 05:46 am
I had the pleasure of commissioning Jenn Lee recently and told her to draw any two characters that she liked - this was the first one she came back at me with. She's clearly the winner at everything Lyra and I wanted to quit forever, I am only going to keep drawing her at Jenn's insistence. Hashtag Bless.

Jenn works on a pretty great webcomic called Rising Sand with her partner in crime, Ty Dunitz. It's got some adult content in the form of violence, but is rich with worldbuilding and pretty pretty art. I think you'll like it.

I was looking forward to two weeks of just taking it easy and resting for the first time in awhile, but so far the break is well timed, because my job got super demanding really fast. Like, You're-Approved-For-Overtime-And-You're-Gonna-Work-Over-The-Weekend kinda demanding. I'm hoping this week is better, I've been putting in a lot of 12-hour days lately. BUT! My work is looking pretty dang good - I'm learning a LOT on this job. 

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THE DEADLINE FOR THISTLE THEORIES IS IN TWO DAYS!!!

Thistle’s identity has been the most heavily discussed mystery of Daughter of the Lilies. During the time this story unfolded, many of you proposed incredibly creative and inspired theories as to what she could be hiding under her hood, and now that Book 1 is over and the mystery solved, we would like to take some time to acknowledge and celebrate the thought y’all put into them, as well as the incredible theories themselves.

Daughter of the Lilies will be going on a THREE MONTH BREAK as we (Yoko and Meg) rest and prepare for the start of Book 2. During this time, we would like to feature some of our favorite Thistle Theories, so that they aren’t completely lost to the ravages of time - honestly, some of them are so clever and ingenious that we hope that their authors go off to create their own stories based on them.

If you have a Thistle Theory that you are especially proud of and would like to share with others, please send it to us! We might feature it on the website during the break between books, and it will remain permanently in the archive of the comic.


Submission Requirements

  • A written description of your Thistle Theory (at the very least, a brief description, or ~500 words depending on the level of detail)

  • OPTIONAL: Original Artwork of what you think Thistle was or what she looked like.
    Note: if you’ve written a brief description instead of the more detailed one mentioned in the first requirement, artwork is heavily encouraged!

  • Your name, as you would like to be credited.

  • A URL to your website, or wherever people can see more of your work.

  • An email with the subject line “Thistle Theory Submission” sent to Daughter of the Lilies @ Gmail by March 15, 2018 containing everything outlined in the Requirements.


PLEASE NOTE: Should you choose to submit your work and/or end up having it featured on the website, you acknowledge you are not expecting nor will demand any monetary payment for your work at any point. By submitting your work, you acknowledge that you are doing this of your own free will and will not be paid for your contribution, and are consenting to it being featured as a part of the Daughter of the Lilies website, should it be chosen, provided you are given proper accreditation and your name featured as you submitted it. If we choose to include these items or your work in a printed, physical version of the comic, you will be contacted at a later date and specifically asked for permission to do so, under the same terms of proper accreditation and no monetary compensation. You may request for your work to be removed from the online archive at any time.


Legalese Translation: You won’t get paid for this, but, if chosen, you will be featured as a permanent part of the DotL Archive and properly given credit for your work. We might include these Theories in a printed version of the comic, but only with your express and written permission to do so, with proper accreditation to you as the creator of the work, and the understanding that there is no financial reimbursement.

If, for any reason, you want your work to be removed from the online archive, we will honor your request and do so, no questions asked, regardless of when such a request is submitted. (If, say, in 5, 10, or 20 years, you decide you want to delete it from the website, we will help you do that.)


If this all sounds good to you, please send your writing and/or artwork to Daughter of the Lilies @ Gmail with the words “Thistle Theory Submission” in the Subject Line by MARCH 15, 2018. Thank you for reading!

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