I got a really great question over at my tumblr the other week. I think it's a very important question so I decided that I'd post it here for everyone to read. Thanks for reading! :)

"Why have all the characters featured in your comic so far been white? Or do they only appear that way?"

I think this is a very valid, important question and great constructive criticism. Thanks!

There are PoC in my comic (This far: in the prologue and Sigsten in Chapter 1), and more characters are yet to be introduced. But yes, they are indeed under-represented.

It is not something I intended for. Admittedly I created this story and characters without reflecting enough about these matters. The result: my comic’s two main characters are white males, and although the characters who are PoC or/and women are crucial to the story, they are under-represented and not as much in the spot light.

It’s not a good excuse, but I think it’s the fact that I am a white woman who grew up in a small Swedish town, white society, influenced by media carrying the same tropes and under-representation of PoC and female characters. The only characters I could relate to in books and cartoons were often white males, which might be a reason as to why I have ended up writing a lot of white males myself.

It’s a common mistake that people with my background make, and I think it’s really important to think about it as a creator of culture. It’s up to me and my fellow creators to create more diverse characters to break the cycle for the next generation of creators. Make a change about the under-representation of PoC, how we portray women and write people outside the norm (Sexuality, gender, etc).

The Din is my first big comic project, and I still learn and explore a lot in this amazing united art form of sequential art, storytelling and character design. My intention is to get much better at making strong, believable characters and make sure that people of all kind can relate to them. I’m not quite there yet, but it’s just the beginning and I strive to improve as I go.

Again, thanks reading the comic and for bringing this up! :) I hope this answers your question!

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Gregg doodle from 2009

One more page of the Prologue has been replaced with a colored one! I'm soon finished with the colors of the Prologue. I only have 3 pages left to flat and a total of 7 pages to color/shade/light etc. What a relief! :) I have a couple of more Prologue pages to replace in the next days. Just need to edit them a bit. Will be really great when all of the pages are in full color!

(Though I am a bit clueless on how to color the Transition Page, ops!)

Page 3: old b/w & new colored

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An other batch of more high res color WIPs! Coloring the autumn evening pages with Sigsten and Gregg was really fun, some of my favorite pages this far.


I keep posting these as I make progress on colors over at my twitter. :)

As some of you might have noticed, I needed to adjust Sigsten's skin color quite a bit on the 3 pages with an autumn-color palette (16-18 CH1). It should look much more coherent now compared to the other pages he appears in! In this first WIP close-up he looks too red/bright.

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Replaced the first two Prologue pages with colored versions! :) New readers might've already seen it but this goes out to you old readers.

Page 01: old b/w & new colored
Page 02: old b/w & new colored

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Also, these two are the first pages I post of which I got help to put color flats. Randi helped me out with flats on these two - turned out great!

The only thing I am worried about is that my coloring process generally is way too tedious and over complicated. As I re-read the graphic novel reMind the other day, I took a look at the artist, Jason Brubaker's way of coloring and it's inspired me to try out something new soon. Maybe once I am done with the colors on the Prologue pages I'll give an other method a try! :)

Getting help from flat artists to catch up has helped a great deal, actually. I already got 6 pages flatted by them, and that's a great help! I think it will go smoother and faster once we get the hang of it. I need to improve the way I plan for and managing the flat artists (refs, feedback etc). Randi and Annette are busy people too, I just need to put that into my calculations so I can get flats ready and feedback:ed on before I need to shade them. I still have about 100+ pages to color, sooooo... XD

See you on Monday!
An other color WIP post from yours truly! I usually post these as I color over at my twitter. But I like to keep batches of these posted here at the website too. I like high res stuff! The last one of this set is my favourite! :)

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