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July 2022 Bonus Strip
July 11, 2022 - Joe Pearce

Here is the July 2022 bonus strip, brought to you by our patrons on Patreon. You can support work on Inherit the Earth, in all its media, by becoming a patron, too!

Stephen Boland's Sorrow of a Furry Father Kickstarter
July 7, 2022 - Joe Pearce

This site's long time sponsor, Stephen Boland, has launched a funding drive for his latest video game project, Sorrow of a Furry Father. Please visit the project page on Kickstarter and consider becoming a backer!

July Bonus Strip Will Be Delayed a Week
June 30, 2022 - Joe Pearce

The bonus strip that would normally be posted on Monday, July 4th, will be delayed a week because of that being US Independence Day.

Tweak to Today's Strip Needed
June 9, 2022 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip will be delayed, as I noticed a modification was needed to the last panel. It likely won't be posted until tomorrow (or so late tonight that it will be tomorrow for most of our readers).

Update: Posted at 11:40 PDT.

June 2022 Bonus Strip
June 6, 2022 - Joe Pearce

I decided that the Forest King should have a few lines in this story arc! Perfect for this June 2022 bonus strip.

Say Cheese
May 19, 2022 - Joe Pearce

One of our readers sent me an email asking what the source of the milk used by the Elks to make the cheese in Tabi and Jowwf's dinner. I really had not given much thought to that question beforehand.

Probably goats.

Make-up Strip on Monday
May 12, 2022 - Joe Pearce

The make-up strip I mentioned previously will be posted this Monday. May 16.

Update: The strip will be posted late on Monday.

May 2022 Bonus Strip... Sort Of
May 2, 2022 - Joe Pearce

The strip that was expected to be posted last Thursday will now be considered as the May 2022 bonus strip. As I mentioned previously, I hope to have a second extra strip this month to make up for the discrepancy. Bonus strips are, as always, brought to you by the Inherit the Earth patrons on Patreon.

Why Today's Strip Will Be Delayed
April 28, 2022 - Joe Pearce

A short tale: The artist delivered me the art for today's strip a couple of days early as he was going on vacation. Unfortunately, I didn't take a peek at it until after he left, and I noticed an problem with the last panel — enough of a problem that I don't think I should post it. Instead, a corrected version will likely become Monday's bonus strip. I hope to add a second extra strip in May to make up for this.

April 2022 Bonus Strip
April 6, 2022 - Joe Pearce

Oops! Forgot to mention that Monday's strip was the April 2022 bonus strip. Brought to you, once again, by Inherit the Earth patrons on Patreon!

March 2022 Bonus Strip
March 7, 2022 - Joe Pearce

The March 2022 bonus strip is here and under the wire at 11:45 PM PST. Brought to you by our patrons on Patreon!

Delay on Posting Strip #845
March 3, 2022 - Joe Pearce

It looks like the latest strip will not be posted until late Friday. I don't expect this to also delay Monday's bonus strip.

Update: Strip #845 finally posted today, Saturday, March 5.

Strip Re-work
February 10, 2022 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip arrived with a problem with one of the panels. Unfortunately, the artist is unable to fix it until later tonight. It probably won't be posted until tomorrow (Friday).

Update: Good news! Was able to post while still Thursday, West Coast time!

February 2022 Bonus Strip
February 7, 2022 - Joe Pearce

The February 220 bonus strip is made possible by our patrons on Patreon! Consider becoming a patron yourself!

January 2022 Bonus Strip
January 3, 2022 - Joe Pearce

Happy New Year!

The first strip of 2022 is also a bonus strip, brought to you by our patrons on Patreon!

Holiday Hiatus
December 16, 2021 - Joe Pearce

First, we hope that the start of the holiday season has been great for you!

Today's post will be the final new strip for this year. There will be an encore strip next Thursday. The story continues on January 3rd.

December 2021 Bonus Strip
December 6, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip is the last bonus strip for the year. Made possible by our patrons on Patreon.

Happy Thankgiving!
November 25, 2021 - Joe Pearce

I would like to offer you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! (For those not celebrating that holiday today, have a happy Thursday and great weekend!)

November 2021 Bonus Strip
November 2, 2021 - Joe Pearce

This month's bonus strip has been posted.

Sleep Deprived Delay
November 1, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Today's Halloween-themed bonus strip will be posted tomorrow. I didn't sleep well last night. Having to head out-of-town for most of the day, I'm barely functional. I would have probably held on the strip until next year, but this comic has some connection to the current story line. Expect it tomorrow.

Glitch in Art = Slight Delay in Post
October 21, 2021 - Joe Pearce

I noticed a slight, but important, mistake in the strip Ed submitted, so I'm having him make a change. He probably won't be able to get me the updated strip until late today.

Update: Strip is up!

The charity auction has ended with a winning bid of $157.50 for the Erma Felna EDF comics! Yay! If the winning bidder is willing, I will see about mentioning their name in a future blog post.

The auction's proceeds benefit the Wildlife Learning Center of Los Angeles. Consider making a donation.

Charity Auction Live!
October 14, 2021 - Joe Pearce

The charity eBay auction of comics featuring Erma Felna EDF benefiting the Wildlife Learning Center of Los Angeles is now live! The auction will run until October 21.

Here is a link to the auction:

You are welcome to re-post information about this auction anywhere you please. The more the merrier!

Charity Auction Details
October 7, 2021 - Joe Pearce

I will be launching a charity eBay auction on October 14, 2021 starting at around 3 PM PDT. The items being auction are a set of comics featuring Erma Felna EDF by Steven A. Gallacci. All proceeds will go to the Wildlife Learning Center of Los Angeles ( Help us support this worthwhile cause and get some classic stories as a bonus!

Check back here for a link to the auction on the 14th.

Auction Pre-Announcement and October 2021 Bonus Strip
October 4, 2021 - Joe Pearce

There will be a special announcement on Thursday about a charity auction I will be holding next week. Don't miss it!

And also, today's bonus strip made possible by our patrons on Patreon.

September 2021 Bonus Strip
September 6, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Labor Day did not entirely delay posting this month's bonus on the proper day (Pacific Time). Brought to you by our patrons on Patreon.

Sponsorship Update
August 12, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Our longtime sponsor, Stephen Boland, has decided to point his banner to a website with information about his game, Essence of Imagination. Check it out!

Strip Delay
August 2, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Today's bonus strip will be delayed at least a day as the artist is swamped with other work. This might also affect Thursday's strip.

Update: Bonus strip posted. Brought to you by our patrons on Patreon!

Make-up Strip
July 8, 2021 - Joe Pearce

As you know, a post was skipped last month. I had a talk with the artist, Ed Lacabanne, and we have decided to create an additional strip for this month, to be posted on Monday, July 19th. Be ready to check back here on that day. This means there will be 7 strips posted the month!

Update: Posted!

July 2021 Bonus Strip
July 5, 2021 - Joe Pearce

I hope those of you who celebrate it had a great 4th of July/Independence Day weekend!

July's bonus strip has been posted, as always brought to you by our patrons on Patreon. Consider becoming a patron, too!

Strip 800,Take 2
June 17, 2021 - Joe Pearce

I have updated last week's strip to remove the fourth-wall break. For posterity though, here is the original version.

Breaking the Fourth Wall, and It's Not Even April Fools'
June 10, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Yes, it is unlikely that Tabitha is aware of this milestone! I will leave her meta-fictional revelation is place until next week's strip.

Best Laid Plans...
June 3, 2021 - Joe Pearce

There will be no strip posted today. Ed sent me a strip to letter on time, but then he headed out on vacation. Only then did I find some glitches in the art, which he is unable to deal with while having *fun*. Anyway, what would have been today's strip will be posted Monday.

What Day Is It Again?
May 20, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Wednesday was a little chaotic for me, to the point that I forget what day of the week is was! Only this afternoon did I realize I had not yet sent a breakdown of the next strip to the artist. Yowza!

Ed has the breakdown now, but I don't expect he will get the strip to letter to me until Friday.

Update: Posted one day late.

Likely Delays This Week
May 3, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Today's bonus strip and the regular Thursday strips may be delayed for a day or two. There were a little too many distractions over the weekend!

Update: The strip for today (Thursday) will be posted this evening (PDT).

April 2021 Bonus Strip
April 5, 2021 - Joe Pearce

The April 2021 bonus strip is brought to you by our patrons on Patreon! Their support helps to keep this website going, and that's no April Fools!

Cross Your Fingers!
April 1, 2021 - Joe Pearce

If we're still here on Monday, then we got the "all-clear" from management!

Uh, but Joe, aren't you the management?


When Fortune Calls Caption Contest Entries and Re-start
March 11, 2021 - Joe Pearce

The results of the Caption Contest are in! I would like to thank "djfsimmonds" and "cairn destop" for their entries! Visit the When Fortune Calls archive page to see their and some of my captions.

You will note that there are still some strips with just the generic "When Fortune Calls [some number]" title. I'm re-opening the contest to help get those remaining strips captioned. You can send captions for up to 5 strips to or use the Comment Page to submit entries. Contest ends March 31st.

Update: Just one week left!

March 2021 Bonus Strip
March 2, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Today's late Bonus strip is brought to you by our patrons on Patreon!.

I got called away yesterday so wasn't able to do the lettering. This may also impact delivery of Thursday's strip! We'll see.

February 2021 Bonus Strip
February 1, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Bonus strip! Patreon! Help support us!

Update to Strip #775
January 21, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Strip #775 has been updated to have the Elk Queen's wardrobe more closely match what she wore in her sole appearance in Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb.

Late Strip
January 14, 2021 - Joe Pearce

The strip normally scheduled for today will be late, possibly posting tomorrow. It needs a correction that requires changing the art.

Update: Strip has been posted!

January 2021 Bonus Strip
January 4, 2021 - Joe Pearce

Happy New Year! And with 2021 comes out first comic of the year, which is also a bonus strip. Such strips are produced because of the support of our patrons on Patreon. You can become a patron, too!

Happy Holidays!
December 24, 2020 - Joe Pearce

I and Ed Lacabanne (the webcomic artist) would like to wish you a Safe and Happy Holidays!

Per standard during this season, we will be going on hiatus for the remainder of the year. We will be re-running a couple of holiday-themed strips, starting with the blinking lights version of "Sandy's Comet" from 2019. The New Year's Eve's strip will be "At the Frozen Pond" from 2017.

December 2020 Bonus Strip
December 7, 2020 - Joe Pearce

The December 2020 bonus strip is, as always, brought to you by our patrons on Patreon. Please consider joining the herd!

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Everyone here at The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Halloween!
October 29, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Wishing you all a safe and (mostly) sane Happy Halloween this weekend. Also, for our US readers (and probably others), a reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday morning. Time to fall back — but not too far back, as no one needs much more of 2020 ☹

Sick PC, May Cause Delay
October 11, 2020 - Joe Pearce

My Windows PC is very sick. As that is the machine where I do my work on the webcomic, there is very likely going to be a delay in posting Thursday's strip. Updates will be appended to this post.

Update: I have a new Windows computer and have partially moved everything over to it. I now think there is a good chance that a strip will be posted on time, assuming no other distractions.

Update 2: Back up and running. No delay in strip.

October 2020 Bonus Strip
October 5, 2020 - Joe Pearce

This bonus strip is brought to you by our patrons on Patreon.

When Fortune Calls Caption Contest
September 17, 2020 - Joe Pearce

It has become clear to me that this latest story arc is not going to be short. Therefore, I have elevated "When Fortune Calls" to having its own entry in the archives.

That does cause a minor issue. I normally give each strip in a full-length story its own caption, instead of something like "When Fortune Calls 6" or whatever. My solution is... a contest!

Readers can submit captions for up to 5 strips, from strip #715 to #753, maximum 2 captions per strip. Email these to or use the Comment Page. I will select the most appropriate from the entries. Strips that don't receive an acceptable entry will be captioned by me. My decision is final!

Contest ends October 8, 2020.

September 2020 Bonus Strip
September 14, 2020 - Joe Pearce

This bonus strip is made possible by those readers supporting the webcomic by being our patrons on Patreon.

Sweltering Labor Day = Delayed Bonus Strip
September 7, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Ed and I have mutually agreed to delay the September bonus strip until the 14th. Have a great Labor Day all!

August 2020 Bonus Strip
August 3, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Looks like Jowwf is neck-deep in trouble in the August bonus strip! Brought to you by our patrons on Patreon.

Not the Same Fox
July 9, 2020 - Joe Pearce

One of our readers sent us an email saying that there was an inconsistency in the ears (and earring) between the appearance of the female fox in strips 741 and 742. Well, there's a good reason for that — they were not meant to be the same character! The artist has redrawn the character in 741 to be a gray fox, instead of a red fox, and altered her clothing.

July 2020 Bonus Strip
July 6, 2020 - Joe Pearce

I hope all our US fans made the best of the Independence Day weekend. Here's the July bonus strip to start the rest of the month. As always, the strip is brought to you by our patrons on Patreon!

Bad Grammar, but Verbatim
June 11, 2020 - Joe Pearce

One of our readers sent in a note after the last comic that there were some missing commas in the dialogue. Normally, I would correct the errors with which I agreed. For these flashbacks though, I am using the text as it was originally displayed on-screen in Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb, so I will not be making corrections. Hopefully no one feels like gouging their eyes out over the bad grammar!

Back to Quest for the Orb
June 4, 2020 - Joe Pearce

I would like to note that this flashback to Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb is abridged. Reminiscing is like that.

June 2020 Bonus Strip
June 1, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Let's start June with a bonus strip, brought to you by Inherit the Earth patrons on Patreon!

May 2020 Bonus Strip
May 4, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Bonus strip! Patreon! May the Force Be With You! Always!

April 2020 Bonus Strip
April 6, 2020 - Joe Pearce

My ankle surgery last Thursday had a complication that put me out of action until yesterday. The strip I was going to post that day is now going to be April's bonus strip for today! Brought yo you by our patrons.

Having Ankle Surgery Today - Post Delayed
April 2, 2020 - Joe Pearce

I am having surgery on my broken ankle today, hopefully getting everything screwed back together. This will delay posting the next strip for an indeterminate, but hopefully short, time.

Strips Posted in Wrong Order and March Bonus Strip
March 23, 2020 - Joe Pearce

I posted the wrong strip last Thursday. Although I have fixed that now, I thought it best to temporarily show both the last two strips (including today's March bonus strip) until the next strip is posted.

Bonus strip made possible by our patrons on Patreon!

Update: Back to normal, post-wise. Less so ankle-wise.

Ankle Meltdown
March 20, 2020 - Joe Pearce

In this current global crisis, I and Ed wish you good health and some zone of sanity.

Unfortunately, I had an accident while hiking on Wednesday — evidence below:

This will likely have some impact on the posting of strips over the next couple of months, as it did yesterday.

Computer Meltdown - Update
March 5, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Ed sent me a message: "Computer is operable."

He hopes to have the next strip done by tomorrow. The delayed bonus strip may get posted this Monday, but could be the Monday after (at the latest).

Computer Meltdown
February 27, 2020 - Joe Pearce

There will be no comic posted today. Ed's computer died and has to be repaired. This will also likely cause the bonus strip for next Monday to be delayed.

February Bonus Strip
February 3, 2020 - Joe Pearce

A totally on schedule bonus strip for this month! What a twist!

Brought to you by our patrons on Patreon.

Was Sick Again, One Day Delay
January 24, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Yesterday's strip (January 23) was delayed a day because of illness.

Finally, January 2020 Bonus Strip
January 20, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Posted! Thanks to our Patreon patrons for supporting this webcomic.

Bonus Strip Next Monday
January 9, 2020 - Joe Pearce

Events occurred that prevented posting the bonus strip last Monday. Expect it instead on January 13... make that January 20.

Happy New Year!
January 3, 2020 - Joe Pearce

The first strip of 2020 is now posted. Hopefully the one day extra wait wasn't unbearable. [Add hitting cymbals sound here.]

Reminder that there will be bonus strip on Monday.

Holiday Bonus Strip
December 24, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Ed Lacabanne created a version of strip 711 ("Sandy's Comet") with some pretty, if anachronistic, lights on the Ferret Village homes. Enjoy! See you in 2020!

Last Strip of 2019 and Happy Holidays!
December 19, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip will likely be the last strip for 2019. We will be taking our standard holiday hiatus between Christmas and New Year's Day. Next strip should be on January 2nd.

Ed and I wish you a Happy Holidays!

December 2019 Bonus Strip
December 9, 2019 - Joe Pearce

As mentioned last week, this month's bonus strip was delayed until today. As usual this strip is brought to you by both our patrons on Patreon and by our sponsor, Dream Fathom RPGs.

Bonus Strip Delayed a Week
December 2, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Our intrepid artist has been under the weather the last few days, so today's bonus strip will be delayed until next Monday (12/9). This Thursday's strip should still get posted on time.

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Ed and I would like to wish everyone a Happy (US) Thanksgiving!

November 2019 Bonus Strip
November 4, 2019 - Joe Pearce

You can help support the creation of these monthly bonus strips by

Hiatus Ends This Week
October 27, 2019 - Joe Pearce

The short hiatus will be ending with a new strip being posted this Thursday.

Short Hiatus
October 10, 2019 - Joe Pearce

The webcomic artist is out-of-town this week, so there will be no strip posted today. As I may be out-of-town next week, I've decided we will be going on a short hiatus. The next new strip will be either on October 24 or 31.

October 2019 Bonus Strip
October 7, 2019 - Joe Pearce

This month's bonus strip is brought to you by our patrons on Patreon!

Strip #700! Part 1?
September 26, 2019 - Joe Pearce

The continuing story of Inherit the Earth has reached another milestone with today's strip: #700! Well, actually, 700 part 1. I wanted to end Becca's story at strip 700, but it went just a little too long. Next week I'll post #700 part 2, and then both will be combined into one tall "strip" a few days later. Enough explanation for now...

Maps #1 Kickstarter Ends Tomorrow and Bonus Strip Next Monday
September 5, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Two reminders. First, our latest RPG Kickstarter, Wyrmkeep Dungeons Presents, Maps #1: Buildings, Castles and Dungeons, ends tomorrow around 2PM. Back it before it's too late!

Second, there will be a bonus strip on Monday.

Next Bonus Strip Pushed Back
August 30, 2019 - Joe Pearce

With the Labor Day holiday weekend upon us, I wanted our readers to know that we will be posting September's bonus strip on the 9th instead of the 2nd.

My Latest Tabletop RPG Kickstarter
August 15, 2019 - Joe Pearce

You may have noticed that I am running a Kickstarter for a new RPG supplement, Maps #1: Buildings, Castles and Dungeons. Well, the project was funded today, and there are more than 22 days left in the drive! Yay!

Please take a look at the project and consider becoming a backer, with the confidence that the supplement will be published.

August 2019 Bonus Strip
August 5, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Today's monthly bonus strip was brought to you by our patrons on Patreon. Please consider becoming a patron too!

July 18, 2019 - Joe Pearce

I will be attending Comic-Con today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday). If you run into me at the con or on the streets of San Diego, say, "Hello!".

Holiday Filler
July 4, 2019 - Joe Pearce

I am out-of-town to visit my relatives and attend NASFiC/Westercon this Independence Day holiday weekend. As Ed is also going on vacation, I decided a quick filler piece was in order. We hope you like it.

Have a happy weekend!

July 2019 Bonus Strip
July 1, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip is a play on a similar scene from Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb that featured Rif's visit to the Boar Castle. It appears that Becca is a bit more knowledgeable of proper protocols.

Like all the monthly bonus strips, this one was brought to you by our patrons on Patreon. Please consider becoming a patron too!

Strip Delay - Brain No Work
June 7, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Sorry! I'm having trouble plotting out the subjects and pacing of the next couple of strips. Should hopefully be resolved by next week!

June 2019 Bonus Strip
June 4, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Here is this month's bonus strip brought to you by our patrons on Patreon.

What do you mean it's not Monday? Oh...

Schedule Mix-up
May 3, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Sorry, I had a schedule mix-up that prevented me from lettering this week's strip until today.

Reminder: Bonus strip on Monday.

April 2019 Bonus Strip
April 5, 2019 - Joe Pearce

I hope you enjoyed our quasi-April Fool's strip earlier this week. It was also out April 2019 bonus strip brought to you my our patrons on Patreon. Consider becoming a patron yourself!

Artist Having Internet Problems
March 28, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Ed Lacabanne's Internet connection is down, and a technician won't be showing up until tomorrow. Result: no strip for today. Hopefully Ed will back online in time for Monday's strip.

March 2019 Bonus Strip
March 4, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Bonus strips are brought to you by our patrons on Patreon!

February 2019 Bonus Strip
February 4, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Panel 4 of this month's bonus strip can also be taken as a metaphor for the Superbowl. I'll let you guess which team Mirrhp represents. (I made myself sad.)

As always bonus strips are brought to you by our patrons on Patreon!

Hectic Week, Late strip
January 11, 2019 - Joe Pearce

Being out-of-town three days this week didn't help to keep me on schedule.

Holiday Hiatus Over... Welcome to 2019!
January 3, 2019 - Joe Pearce

And the story continues. Bonus strip on Monday.

The Late Late Strip and Short Holiday Hiatus
December 23, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Sorry for the super late strip. Holiday events got in the way.

BTW, Happy Holidays!

This will be that last strip for this year as we are taking the week between Christmas and New years Day off. Next strip will be posted January 3rd.

Prrowa, not Prowwa
December 6, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Whoopsies! It appears that I have been spelling Prrowa the Wildcat chieftess' name wrong. I have gone back and corrected it in the three other strips of which I am aware. I will eventually fix other misspellings on the site and in the PDF of issue #1 of the comic. Because Continuity.

December 2018 Bonus Strip -- a Little Late
December 4, 2018 - Joe Pearce

I have now posted the December 2018 bonus strip brought to you by our patrons on Patreon. I got called out for an all-day meeting yesterday, which prevented me from lettering the strip until today.

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 22, 2018 - Joe Pearce

I hope that all those celebrating Thanksgiving today are having a wonderful time!

Strip for Today Delayed... Making a Story Decision - Updated
November 8, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip is going to be delayed a day or so while I decide when the start of the story will be for the upcoming flashback to the travails of the Sheep Tribe.

Update #1 (11/10/2018): Decision made. Becca's story/flashback will pick-up from strip #168. New strip posted on Monday, November 12.

Update #2 (11/15/2018): Just so no one misses the strip I posted late on Monday, here is that strip and today's (Thursday) strip.

November Bonus Strip, etc.
November 5, 2018 - Joe Pearce

This month's bonus strip is brought to you by our patrons who support Inherit the Earth on Patreon.

Also, my Wyrmkeep Dungeons TZ1: Raiders of the Cloud Castle Kickstarter ends on Wednesday. If you're interested, you should back it today!

Raiders of the Cloud Castle, etc.
October 18, 2018 - Joe Pearce

I have launched a Kickstarter for my fourth 5E D&D adventure module,Wyrmkeep Dungeons TZ1: Raiders of the Cloud Castle. While the drive is live, there should be a box on this site's home page which you can click to take you to the project page. If fantasy RPG's are up your cobweb-covered corridor alley, please take a look and become a backer.

The second Kickstarter widget is for a project that was being shown at Indiecade last weekend, which I have decided to back.

Eeah's Not That Old!
October 16, 2018 - Joe Pearce

In the comments on the Inherit the Earth webcomic mirror on tumblr for last Thursday's strip, a reader noted that Eeah looks to have aged a bit. That was not the impression the artist wanted to give, so he has redrawn Eeah without the gray beard. I have updated the strip.

If you would like to see the original version, you can see it here.

Trade Hands for Storms
October 5, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Awhile back a reader noticed that the Orb that appeared in strips 616 to 618 was the wrong color. It was colored lavender like the Orb of Hands, but it is suppose to be the blue Orb of Storms.


My bad. I gave the artist the wrong artwork as an example. The three affected strips have been updated in the archives, and I decided to show those updated strips for today.

Also, a reminder: There was a bonus strip posted earlier this week. Click the "Previous" button to view it.

October Bonus Strip
October 1, 2018 - Joe Pearce

We're back off hiatus, and here is this month's bonus strip brought to you by our patrons on Patreon.

August 30, 2018 - Joe Pearce

And so, the tale of Shiala and Wrah comes to an end. Monday's bonus strip will be a one-shot, and then we will be taking the rest of September off. We will return on October 1st.

Update: September bonus strip posted! Brought to you by our patrons on Patreon.

Worldcon 76
August 16, 2018 - Joe Pearce

I set-up today's strip to be posted a couple of days ago — hopefully everything went OK. Currently, I am attending the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, aka Worldcon, in San Jose, CA. If you see me at the con, don't hesitate to say, " Hi!"

August 2018 Bonus Strip!
August 6, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Here is this month's bonus strip brought to you by our patrons on Patreon! Please consider becoming a patron, thereby helping to support this webcomic.

July Ends
July 28, 2018 - Joe Pearce

The last strip for July is now up. We will try to get the next strip posted on the day is suppose to be :(

This Week's Strips
July 12, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Because of the unusual release date of strip #630, I have decided to include it on the main page in addition to the regularly scheduled strip for July 12th. Enjoy!

The Late Strip
July 9, 2018 - Joe Pearce

The combination of Independence Day, the hectic end of the project I have been working on, and the blistering heat led to a delay in posting strip #630 — but here it is! Strip #631 should be posted on Thursday as usual.

July Bonus Strip
July 2, 2018 - Joe Pearce

This month's bonus strip is brought to you by our patrons who support Inherit the Earth on Patreon.

I'm Afraid It's Dead, Jim
June 14, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Ed Lacabanne's computer died early this morning while he was in the middle of drawing the rough sketch of the comic. End result: No strip for today.

Strip #627 will now be posted next Thursday (6/21) assuming Ed's computer is functioning again by then.

Anyway, have a good weekend!

Update: Fixed!

Strip Will Be Delayed a Few Days
June 7, 2018 - Joe Pearce

The normally scheduled strip for today will be delayed until Monday.

June 2018 Bonus Strip
June 4, 2018 - Joe Pearce

This month's bonus strip is brought to you by the Inherit the Earth patrons on Patreon. Please consider becoming a patron yourself and supporting this comic and development on the game sequel.

All in the Script and Some Kickstarters
May 17, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Some of you who played Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb may be asking yourself, "Wait. I don't remember Rif trying to punch Wrah." In the original script for the game Rif did punch the Wolf immediately after his speech about being tired of everything after losing the Orb. I assume this was cut because it required another animation or was considered unnecessary. I'm taking a center route here by saying Rif only tried to take a swing!

Below this blog entry you will find images to click on to visit the two Kickstarter projects I am currently backing: Palace of the Dragon's Princess, an old-school D&D module, and Mighty Aphrodite, an animated web series. Both creators were employees of The Dreamers Guild* back in the day. Please check the projects out if they strike your fancy!

*The company that developed Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb.

May 2018 Bonus Strip
May 14, 2018 - Joe Pearce

It's the May bonus strip, made possible by our patrons on Patreon! Please consider becoming a patron too!

Delayed Bonus Strip
May 10, 2018 - Joe Pearce

As you may have noticed, no bonus strip was posted this Monday. Events transpired to keep me from lettering #620 until very late Tuesday, at which point it seemed like a better idea to post that as a regular strip and have #621 become a late bonus strip next Monday. And so it shall be.

April 2018 Bonus Strip
April 9, 2018 - Joe Pearce

The April bonus strip is the start of a flashback which will continue through all of April and maybe a bit of May.

I had to resist the urge to have the narrator say, "Months in the past, but not many."

Easter Bonus Strip Delay
March 29, 2018 - Joe Pearce

The next scheduled bonus strip is this Monday, which turns out to be too close to Easter and thereby an inconvenient posting date. April's bonus strip will be on April 9th instead.

Unscheduled Trip Out-of-town
March 10, 2018 - Joe Pearce

An unplanned trip out-of-town last week delayed completing strip #610 until today. Saturday is the new Thursday? Hopefully not.

Update: It looks like this "out-of-office on Thursday" thing is continuing, as it was true this week and possibly next week. I will see if Ed can get me the next strip a little earlier on the upcoming Wednesday!

March 2018 Bonus Strip
March 5, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Today's bonus strip for March 2018 is brought to you by Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows patrons on Patreon.

February 2018 Bonus Strip (and Sorry for the Late Post)
February 5, 2018 - Joe Pearce

It's another bonus strip brought to you by our patrons on Patreon! Please consider supporting us by becoming a patron too!

As to the late post today, Ed and I had busy weekends! But technically, the strip did get posted on Monday — in California.

Title Strip for Next Story Arc... And Strip #600!
January 11, 2018 - Joe Pearce

The next story arc is entitled "Fierce" and features Shiala, the Wolf warrior with the unusual diet, that appeared in the third section of Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb. This is also a milestone strip — #600!

We're Back and Bonus Strip!
January 8, 2018 - Joe Pearce

Happy New Year!

Our short hiatus is over starting with this month's bonus strip, funded by our patrons on Patreon. This is a one-strip story where we check-in on Sim and his dad.

Holiday Schedule
December 21, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Everyone here at The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. wishes all our fans a Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy the little wintry interlude in today's strip.

We will be going on a short hiatus for the next couple of weeks. There will be no strip on December 28th or January 4th. Also, the bonus strip that would normally appear on January 1st will be postponed to January 8th. Which boils down to the next strip, #599, being that bonus strip.

New Classic Sketch Posted
December 11, 2017 - Joe Pearce

This one is from page 18 of the original Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb manual.

December 2017 Bonus Strip
December 4, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Yep, it's another of the strips funded by our patrons on Patreon. Please consider becoming a supporter too!

Happy Thanksgiving! And LosCon Panel
November 23, 2017 - Joe Pearce

First, I hope everyone will have a Happy Thanksgiving! For those who don't celebrate that holiday, have a great Thursday and upcoming weekend!

Second, Ed Lacabanne drew a holiday-themed strip for today. We will get back to main story next week.

Finally, I will be attending LosCon 44 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott this weekend. On Saturday at 5:30 PM I will be on a panel entitled "Here There Be Dragons" with the topic "Experts in the field explore how sci-fi and fantasy game design has evolved since the early days of D&D." If you are attending the con, please come to the panel!

November Bonus Strip
November 6, 2017 - Joe Pearce

The November 2017 bonus strip brought to you by our Patreon patrons. Please consider supporting this webcomic by becoming a patron too!

Patently Absurd
October 26, 2017 - Joe Pearce

I wanted to point out the Kickstarter I am currently backing, Patently Absurd by Bradley W. Schenck. Bradley is the artist behind The Labyrinth of Time, the other adventure game that the Wyrmkeep Entertainment publishes. Patently Absurd looks like its going to be a fun product.

Bonus Strip on Monday
September 28, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Just a reminder that there is an extra strip being posted on Monday. Which also means there will be no classic sketch.

Forrest King Classic Sketch
September 21, 2017 - Joe Pearce

I forgot to mention on Monday that a new classic sketch was posted - the fourth illustration from the original Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb manual. Another sketch will be posted next Monday.

Update: As promised, a Classic Sketch of a couple of Boar guards posted today, the 25th ("next Monday").

September Bonus Strip and More
September 11, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Today's bonus strip brought to you by our Patreon patrons. Please consider becoming a patron too!

I was plaaning to post the next illustration from the original Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb manual when I realized I already had done that a while ago. It's a nice picture though, so here it is again...

Note about September's Bonus Strip
August 31, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Ed Lacabanne, the webcomic artist, and I have mutually agreed that delaying the September bonus strip from Labor Day (9/4) to the next Monday (9/11) is a good idea because HOLIDAY!!

Everyone have a great end of summer celebration!

August 2017 Bonus Strip
August 7, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Bonus strip. Blah. Blah. Patreon. Blah. Blah. Become a patron.

Oops. Forgot to Post Classic Sketch This Week
August 3, 2017 - Joe Pearce

It looks like I forgot to post a classic sketch from the original manual on Monday earlier this week. <sigh> As next Monday is a bonus strip day, the next sketch post will now be on 8/14.

Also, a reminder to check out my Befouled Maze of the Demi-Lich Kickstarter. I could mention that backing it would indirectly support work on Inherit the Earth, but I won't 😉

Classic Sketch Monday Continues
July 24, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Another classic sketch posted. Fact for the day: All of the illustrations from the original manual, except the cover, were done by the talented April Lee.

Classic Sketch Monday and Other News
July 13, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Starting on July 17 I will begin posting more "Classic Sketches," these coming from the original manual for Inherit the Earth Quest for the Orb. This will continue on every Monday (except those Mondays where a bonus strip is posted) until I run out of images.

On another topic, if you are a gamemaster who runs fantasy RPG games, consider ordering my first published D&D adventure module, Temple of the Dragon Kin. Here is the cover -- art by Ed Lacabanne, the current webcomic artist:

July Bonus Strip
July 3, 2017 - Joe Pearce

The fact is that this bonus strip was funded by our patrons on Patreon! Please consider supporting this comic and work on Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows by becoming a patron.

June Bonus Strip
June 5, 2017 - Joe Pearce

See Bally run. Run, Bally, run.

Computer Fall Down
May 4, 2017 - Joe Pearce

An update to my Windows machine is failing badly. As such I am currently unable to letter today's strip. Sigh.

Update on update (!): Computer finally boots. Performing a back-up before I do any work on computer. Hope to have strip posted this evening.

Update #2: Back-up taking a long time! Expect strip no earlier than Friday.

Update #3: Strip finally up. Computer nominal.

May 2017 Bonus Strip
May 1, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Today's bonu sstrip brought to you by our patrons on Patreon. Please consider becoming a supporter!

The Return of Short Tales
April 13, 2017 - Joe Pearce

We will once again be presenting shorter tales starting next week. This time the tales will not have a set upper limit on length (unlike the previous series), but will still be significantly less than 100 strips! We also plan to focus on some characters from the original game that haven't been seen in the webcomic.

End of Arc and April Bonus Strip
April 6, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip is the end of "Catch and Release." What's coming next? Check back on April 13 to find out!

Also, I forgot to mention that Monday's strip was this month's patron-funded bonus strip. Please consider becoming a patron!

A Minor Milestone
March 23, 2017 - Joe Pearce

It's strip 550. That is all.

No, wait. We also have a funding drive for a new tabletop RPG module. Click HERE is you might be interested.

March Bonus Strip
March 6, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Here is the March bonus strip funded by our patrons at Patreon! This and the next few strips follow-up on an earlier strip that focused on Dolores.

No Strip Today
March 2, 2017 - Joe Pearce

Some sudden changes to me schedule occurred in the last few days, so was unable to send the artist the script for the today's strip. There should be a Monday bonus strip on the 6th though.

The End of Catch and Release?
February 23, 2017 - Joe Pearce

This is the final strip featuring Rif in this arc. We're not quite finished though! There is one little side-story to "Catch and Release" that we'll be wrapping-up in the next couple of weeks.

February Bonus Strip Was Posted on Monday
February 9, 2017 - Joe Pearce

I forgot to mention when I posted Monday's strip that it was this month's Patreon-funded bonus strip. Thanks to all our patrons whose support allows us to continue work on Inherit the Earth in its many mediums!

I'm Running Games at Orccon, Feb 17-20
February 3, 2017 - Joe Pearce

I will be attending this year's Orccon gaming convention being held at the LA Airport Hilton from Feb. 17-20. More than that, I will be running two tabletop RPG "events": Perils of the Dread Swamp (AD&D 2nd Edition) and Instant Circus Is Going to Get You! (Mutants & Masterminds). Plus I plan to playtest an Inherit the Earth themed card game on Friday, time TBD.

If you will be attending Orccon, consider signing-up for one of the two RPG events, and follow me on Twitter @Wyrmkeep for info on when and where I will be having the card game playtest session. If you questions, email me at


Schedule for New Years Holiday Weekend
December 29, 2016 - Joe Pearce

To accommodate holiday plans, the following is happening: we are posting an out-of-continuity strip for today, and Monday's bonus strip will be delayed until January 9th.

Also, the sale on the Inherit the Earth comic book bundle ends next week!

Happy Holidays, 2016 Edition!
December 22, 2016 - Joe Pearce

Everyone here at The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. hopes all our readers, patrons, and customers have a Happy Holidays!

December 2016 Bonus Strip
December 5, 2016 - Joe Pearce

Here is this month's patron-funded strip! You can become a patron too! Visit the project page on Patreon.

Holiday Sale on Comic Bundle!
December 1, 2016 - Joe Pearce

For this holiday season we our having a sale on the complete set of Inherit the Earth: Little Wolf Lost comic books. The regular price for this bundle is $12.97, but until the end of 2016 you can get it for just $9! The perfect gift for a friend — or yourself!! (Or is that "purr-fect.")

Also, I wanted to point out the two Kickstarter drives I am backing. A special note on the first project, Maximum Mayhem Dungeons #4: Vault of the Dwarven King, as this fantasy RPG module was co-created by my friend, Mark Taormino. Scroll down some to see the project banners.

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24, 2016 - Joe Pearce

The staff of Wyrmkeep Entertainment wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! For our non-US readers, have a great Thursday!

A Change in November 17th Strip
November 18, 2016 - Joe Pearce

Just a little note: I changed the word "hand" to "paw" in Rif's last balloon in yesterday's strip because furry!

November 2016 Bonus Strip
November 14, 2016 - Joe Pearce

This month's bonus strip is something a little different. It is entitled "The Return of the Okk and Eeah Show" because long ago there was a three strip interlude with our two guards.

Also, where did Okk pick up a big word like "canonical?"

Bonus Strip Delayed
November 8, 2016 - Joe Pearce

I was sick over the weekend, and as a result I didn't post the November bonus strip on Monday. I will post it on Thursday now and make the next strip the bonus one posting on November 14th.

October 2016 Bonus Strip
October 3, 2016 - Joe Pearce

In today's patron-funded bonus strip we say goodbye to one of our cast members, the antagonist but not a villain. (Wipes away a tear.)

Strip 518 Will Be Late
September 15, 2016 - Joe Pearce

I've decided to make a last minute change to the art in the strip that was to be posted today. Expect it tomorrow. *crosses fingers*

Update: Strip posted!

Autumn Approaches!
September 1, 2016 - Joe Pearce

I would like to hope our US readers have a great Labor Day weekend! And to everyone else, try to squeeze a little more summer fun.

Are You Thinking What I Think It's Thinking?
August 11, 2016 - Joe Pearce

I think so.

Also, I will be at Worldcon in Kansas City, MO, most of next week. This shouldn't interfere with having a strip ready for next Thursday though.

What do you mean it's a bonus comic day?
August 1, 2016 - Joe Pearce

It's the first Monday of August and... no bonus strip. Sorry about that. A truck load of problems has fallen on my plate in the last few days, so I didn't have time to prepare a strip.

Instead, expect the regular Thursday strip and then a bonus one on August 8th.

Update (8/8/2016): As promised, August bonus strip posted!

At Comic-Con
July 21, 2016 - Joe Pearce

I will be in sunny San Diego for Comic-con on the day strip 508 should be posted. I expect the automated posting system will work fine, but if something does go amiss I probably won't be able to fix it until Friday.

US Independence Day Includes Bonus Strip
June 30, 2016 - Joe Pearce

A reminder that as July 4th is the first Monday of the upcoming month, there will be a bonus strip posted that day. So, to our US readers, try to find time from your Independence Day celebrations to read that strip :)

More Trivia Over 500 Strips
June 9, 2016 - Joe Pearce

As I promised, more stats.

Out-of-continuity strips: 13 (identified in archive by '*' before title)

Strips submitted by fans: 1 by Falkurneeze some months before she became artist for "Chief Among Us"

Strips with dialogue submitted by fans: 1 by cairn destop (contest winner)

April Fool's strips: 2 - 1 by Joe Pearce and 1 by Falkurneeze (although replaced by canonical strip the next day)

Bonus strips found only in comics: 4 by Allison Hershey

That is all!

Strip 500: Calling All Morph!
June 6, 2016 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip is extra large so it can hold every major character from Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb and all the webcomic stories (plus a few extras so all tribes are represented). Can you identify them all?

Some stats...

Strip #1 posted March 2005 - 11 years and 3 months ago

Total strips* by artist

  • Allison Hershey: 221
  • Falkurneeze: 147
  • Ed Lacabanne: 89
  • J. L. Anderson: 3
  • Joe Pearce: 1
* Total comes to 501 because one strip has panels by two artists

If the Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb Recap strips (1A-11A) are included. Falkurneeze's total would be 158.

More stats on Thursday!

Reminder: Bonus strip on Monday
June 2, 2016 - Joe Pearce

And it will a special strip to celebrate reaching 500!

May 26, 2016 - Joe Pearce

Has the long road to real Morphs begun? See article here.

May 2016 Bonus Strip
May 2, 2016 - Joe Pearce

The Patreon-funded bonus strip for May has been posted!

April 2016 Bonus Strip
April 4, 2016 - Joe Pearce

The Patreon-funded bonus strip for April has been posted.

Update: An anonymous reader noticed a grammar error in panel 3 which I have fixed, plus I changed "would" to "could." Your Sanctuary from April Fool'd Day
April 1, 2016 - Joe Pearce

'Nuff Said!

Catch and Release
March 31, 2016 - Joe Pearce

A couple of months ago I updated the archives section of the site to include the title of the current story. What I didn't do was mention that fact here!

So, with delayed fanfare I announce that the current arc is entitled, "Catch and Release" -- ta-da!

Also, bonus strip on Monday.

Pre-prepared and GDC
March 17, 2016 - Joe Pearce

I am currently in San Francisco attending the Game Developers Conference. Hopefully the new strip appeared on schedule!

Update: I'm back.

Side-story Done and Zootopia
March 10, 2016 - Joe Pearce

And so ends the two-part side-story.

Also, you must see Zootopia. Two opposable thumbs up!

Switching Subjects Next Week
March 3, 2016 - Joe Pearce

Monday we will be posting the Patreon-funded March 2016 bonus strip. This will be a two-part side-story that will finish the Thursday after.

Wandersong Kickstarter
February 11, 2016 - Joe Pearce

I am currently backing two crowdfunded projects, one of which is an adventure game named Wandersong that makes interesting use of music. And the other project is actual music! Please check them both out!

Update: Wandersong and Johnny Gandelsman records JS Bach both got funded.

Two Topics
January 28, 2016 - Joe Pearce

First, a reminder that a bonus, Patreon-funded strip will be posted on Monday, February 1st.

Second, I wanted to thank our current sponsor, Stephen S. Boland IV. You can be a sponsor too! Ask for our ad rates.

Testers for Inherit the Earth for iOS
January 5, 2016 - Joe Pearce

The publisher of the iOS version of Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb is seeking testers for a new release coming soon. If you are interested, please contact the publisher directly via email:

January 2016 Bonus Strip and Happy New Year!
January 4, 2016 - Joe Pearce

I expect at this point I will be the last person to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Also, Sim's flashback ends as part of this first Patreon-funded bonus strip of 2016.

Holiday Strip! Well, sort of.
December 24, 2015 - Joe Pearce

Those who have been following this comic for awhile will know we usually have a holiday-themed strip around the end of the year (or we take a week off). Today's strip does celebrate a holiday, just not a human one! So let me be the first (ever) to wish you a merry Pack Day!

Tumblr Reminder
December 17, 2015 - Joe Pearce

I just wnated to remind everyone that these comics are mirrored on Tumblr at Please follow us there if you have a Tumblr account!

December Bonus Strip
December 7, 2015 - Joe Pearce

December 2015 patron-funded bonus strip posted!

Well Wishes from Us!
November 26, 2015 - Joe Pearce

Everyone here at The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. hopes you have a Happy Thanksgiving and beginning of the holiday season!

November Bonus Strip
November 2, 2015 - Joe Pearce

Tying-up a loose end in this month's patron-funded bonus strip!

I will be updating the patron list that appears in the sidebar later this week.

October Bonus Strip
October 5, 2015 - Joe Pearce

The October bonus strip is a quick vignette with Dolores that ties in with the current story.

Somewhat Back
October 1, 2015 - Joe Pearce

My apartment is still red-tagged, thus I still don't have my computers. I do have a loaner system which is allowing me to partially get back to doing things. Updates have begun again. Yeah!

If all goes well, a bonus strip will be posted on Monday.

When Trees Attack
September 24, 2015 - Joe Pearce

Today's comic post will be delayed, possibly for a few days, because a tree fell onto my apartment! The apartment has been red tagged, so I have no access to the computer i use to create strips. Gak!

September Bonus Strip
September 7, 2015 - Joe Pearce

A reminder that a Patreon-funded bonus strip was posted today, September 7th!

And a message to our US readers: Have a great Labor Day!

August 20, 2015 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip is number 450!!

August Bonus Strip
August 3, 2015 - Joe Pearce

The patron-funded bonus strip for August has been posted!

July 23, 2015 - Joe Pearce

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Update: I have re-posted today's strip after the artist made some tweaks.

A Little Extra Joke
July 16, 2015 - Joe Pearce

The title of today's strip is "When Did Doors Start Opening By Themselves?" This refers to the fact that all doors in Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb only opened when the player directly interacting with them in some way.

July Bonus Strip and Comic-Con
July 6, 2015 - Joe Pearce

Today we have another patron-funded bonus strip! I get to complete my little brick joke from 9 strips ago.

I am attending Comic-Con later this week. This will probably impact the posting of Thursday's strip. Expect it instead on Friday or Saturday. The good thing about this delay is that it gives more time for people to read the bonus strip, as I forgot (once again) to it mention last Thursday.

Update:Strip now posted!

Fox is a Box
June 25, 2015 - Joe Pearce

Something I picked up at Califur a couple of weeks ago...

No, that's not Rif after being put through a compactor. It's Simon the Fox from! In addition to cut-out animals like Simon, they also have felt animals a.k.a. squshies -- not squishies!

Bonus Strip and Something Different
May 28, 2015 - Joe Pearce

First, a reminder that there will be a Patreon-funded bonus strip on Monday, June 1st.

Second, Wyrmkeep Entertainment is branching-out into the realm of table-top games. The first project is Heroic Havoc #1: Instant Circus Is Going to Get You!, a superhero role-playing game (RPG) module. I have launched a Kickstarter funding drive to help fund production of the module. Please check out the project page if you're interested in being a backer. You can also help by telling your friends about the drive via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email, etc.

Update: Final day for the funding drive! Ends 5PM PDT June 25th!!

Below is the cover for the module, drawn by the current Inherit the Earth comic illustrator, Ed Lacabanne!

A Friend's Kickstarter
May 14, 2015 - Joe Pearce

For the last half-a-year or so, I have been providing links to Kickstarter drives I have been backing. Normally, I don't comment on these links, but I would like to do so in this case - a friend and fellow Dreamers Guild alumni is seeking funding for his latest project. If you are interested in fantasy RPG game modules, you should take a peek.

May Bonus Strip
May 4, 2015 - Joe Pearce

I forgot to mention last Thursday that there would be a Patreon-funded bonus strip posted today. Sigh.

Just so no one misses any strips, I am going to have strips 430 to 432 appear as a group this Thursday (May 7). I will swap this x3 Combo Strip* with just strip 432 after a week.

*Gratuitous Homestuck reference.

Developers Report #1
April 23, 2015 - Joe Pearce

The first Developers Report for Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows is now available for public viewing.

Patrons received access to the video early. Consider becoming a patron on Patreon.

Bonus Strip Reminder
April 2, 2015 - Joe Pearce

The Patreon for Inherit the Earth easily reached its first milestone: a bonus strip each month. The first such strip will be released this Monday, April 6! There will still be a regular post on Thursday.

This first bonus strip continues the current story, but later ones may be "out-of-continuity" one-shots.

Archive Changes
March 19, 2015 - Joe Pearce

After too long a delay, I have finally added the Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb recap comics to the archive. These strips are numbered 2A to 11A and appear at the start of the archive. The original strip #1 is still numbered as "1" (without tha "A"), but is actually the twelfth strip. Strip 1A is a new strip that introduces the comic and allows skipping ahead to the first strip of "Little Wolf Lost".

The current story has been broken out from "Short Tales" on the archive page.

Pi Day and Late Strip
March 14, 2015 - Joe Pearce

Happy Pi Day! Um, Pi...

Also, sorry about the late strip. I got uber-buzy late this week and plumb forgot to letter the strip.

Support Inherit the Earth on Patreon
February 26, 2015 - Joe Pearce

The Patreon to help fund Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows has launched! Click the image below for information on milestones and rewards.

And a New Story Begins
January 8, 2015 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip is the first in a new story – and it's not a short tale!

Happy New Year too.

Happy Holidays 2014
December 24, 2014 - Joe Pearce

Everyone here at The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. would like to wish you a Happy Holidays!

Today's special strip was drawn by Ed Lacabanne, who will be taking over illustration duties for the next story beginning early in January.

The Torch Is Passed
December 18, 2014 - Joe Pearce

Strip #411 is the final strip to be illustrated by Falkurneeze. I would like to thank her for the work she has done on this on-going project. Thanks!

I will be announcing the artist that will be taking over art duties next week on Christmas Eve.

November 7, 2014 - Joe Pearce

I notice that for her final Short Tale, Falkurneeze has gone for The Secret of NIMH look for the characters.

Changes Coming
October 30, 2014 - Joe Pearce

I have some news.

First, Falkurneeze will be leaving as artist on the Inherit the Earth comic at the end of 2014. She will be drawing one more Short Tale. Because of her busy schedule, this tale will only update every couple of weeks.

I am currently is discussion with a artist to take over in 2015. More word on that in a few weeks.

Second, an update about plans for the Inherit the Earth game sequel will be coming soon.

New Strip
October 16, 2014 - Joe Pearce

'Nuf Said.

August 21, 2014 - Joe Pearce

As you may know, the Kickstarter for Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows did not succeed. I am evaluating possible next plans on that front.

The comic will be going on a short hiatus, but should return in September.

Update (Sept. 16): I am working on the script for the next "tale", which will be a one-shot. Plus, I need to modify the site code to integrate the Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb recap strips into the archives. This is non-trivial.

Update (Oct. 13): Obviously, no new strip appeared in September. Look for one this Thursday though!

Latest Artwork from Sand and Shadows Funding Drive
August 4, 2014 - Joe Pearce

Another reminder to take a look at the Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows Kickstarter currently in progress. We can use your help to make the game a reality!

And for enticement, here is some artwork included in the latest project update:

Rocky Mountain Fur Con and Comic-Con
July 24, 2014 - Joe Pearce

I posted today's strip early (around 3:30 PM PDT yesterday) because I am off to Comic-Con for the next few days (!) and the recaps can't be auto-posted (!!)

We have a new sponsor: Rocky Mountain Fur Con running August 8-10, 2014 in beautiful Denver, Colorado. (I've been in Denver twice -- it is quite nice!)

Finally, the Kickstarter for Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows continues. Please support us in this endeavor! Tell your friends, people on social media you frequent, etc.

Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows Kickstarter Live!
July 16, 2014 - Joe Pearce

The Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows funding drive in on! Visit the project page on Kickstarter.

The Bear Merchant
July 7, 2014 - Joe Pearce

The Bear merchant in the last panel of today's Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb recap strip has a name now: Bruin. He is the father of Balu, introduced in this strip.

Once Upon a Time...
June 26, 2014 - Joe Pearce

For the next few weeks Short Tales will be a special, not-too-spoiler-ish recap of Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb. This 9 strip event will be updating on Monday and Thursday up until the first week of the Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows Kickstarter.

Eventually these strips will be moved to the front of the strip archive to act as a lead-in to the first comic story, "Little Wolf Lost." This is also why the recap strips are in sepia-toned monochrome.

Update: Only one recap strip will be shown full-size. Earlier strips in the recap can be viewed by clicking the thumbnails.

Pictures from E3 2014
June 23, 2014 - Joe Pearce

Here is a collage of pictures I took at this year's E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles.

Attending E3
June 10, 2014 - Joe Pearce

I am attending E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles this week. This includes being at the IGDA get-together on Wednesday evening. If you see me at the IGDA event, say Hi! (If you find me at E3 proper, you have a career in tailing people!)

Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows, etc.
May 29, 2014 - Joe Pearce

Inherit the Earth 2 now has a full name: Inherit the Earth: Sand and Shadows. The game's website has been updated with a preview of the funding drive project page.

Also, I will be attending Califur in Irvine, CA over the weekend. I don't have a dealer's table, so I'll just be wandering around promoting the game sequel where inappropriate.

Update: For a few days I am posting the project image.

Inherit the Earth 2 Question from tumblr
May 15, 2014 - Joe Pearce

Yes and maybe. Let me explain…

One of the reward tiers for the Kickstarter funding drive will include a physical copy of the game in a box. So, by supporting at that tier or higher, the answer is "Yes!" After the Kickstarter, any additional production of physical copies will be based on business conditions. Therefore, "Maybe."

Short answer: Help support the Kickstarter beginning in July!

Major Milestone!
May 8, 2014 - Joe Pearce

To celebrate today's milestone of strip #400, we have a "guest" artist! Allison Hershey, the artist and co-writer of Little Wolf Lost, has provided the first panel of the strip featuring the "Fox family" that appeared in some previous strips. The rest of the comic continues the current tale about the Elks and Boars as drawn by Falkurneeze.

And on another milestone front, the Inherit the Earth 2 funding drive video is ready to submit for approval by Kickstarter! Still a little work to do in other areas first, though. Here are a couple of photos from the shoot: one of me and a second of the crew.

Filming New Funding Campaign Video Saturday
April 24, 2014 - Joe Pearce

Just a little update on where we are on the Inherit the Earth 2 funding drive. The live-action portion of the project video is being shot this Saturday, and the project will probably be submitted for approval by Kickstarter a few weeks later.

That doesn't mean the funding campaign will start then. I want to make sure the Kickstarter is properly promoted before turning the switch!

I'm still looking for fursuited actors to appear in the video, but those scenes will now be shot at a later date. If you would like to appear in the video, have a fursuit, and live in the Greater Los Angeles area, please contact me at

No Strip Today
April 17, 2014 - Joe Pearce

There will be no strip today.

If you haven't already, take a peek at the latest classic sketches that have been uploaded.

Fursuits Ahoy!
April 14, 2014 - Joe Pearce

We will be shooting the project video for the Inherit the Earth 2 funding drive very soon. I am looking for some fursuited actors to appear in a short scene in the video and some other promotional images/videos. If you or someone you know would like to appear in the video, has a fursuit, and lives in the Greater Los Angeles area, please contact me at

I am specifically looking for one fox and one or two other species in fursuit form.

Classic Sketches Return Monday
March 13, 2014 - Joe Pearce

I've dug-up some additional sketches to post. Yay! Sketches will be posted on Mondays, but not necessary every Monday. Definitely this Monday though (March 17th).

More on Tumblr
February 27, 2014 - Joe Pearce

As I mentioned in earlier posts, the comic is now also being hosted at This tumblr blog is also an "Ask" blog, meaning you can ask us questions that we will try to answer. Questions can either be directed to a creator of Inherit the Earth or one of the characters. The answer could even be a mini-comic itself!

Hiatus Over... Short Tales Begin
February 20, 2014 - Joe Pearce

Today, the next "chapter" of the Inherit the Earth webcomic begins: "Short Tales". And just to show how short a tale can be, this first strip is in fact a one strip tale! The next tale will be somewhat longer though.

As mentioned in a previous post, we are also posting these strips on tumblr at If you are on tumblr, please follow us there. If you have an SFW blog, we will probably follow you in return!

Also, new Classic Sketches will be posted starting in March. More details later.

Finally, for posterity, below is the future funding drive reminder from last week.

We Interrupt This Hiatus...
February 13, 2014 - Joe Pearce

Slowly gearing-up for a proper funding drive for Inherit the Earth 2.

Just wanted you to know.

If all goes well, the hiatus ends next Thursday.

Last Strip Again
February 6, 2014 - Joe Pearce

When I sent Falkurneeze the breakdown for the final "Chief Among Us" strip, she almost immediately sent me the surreal illustration that has been gracing the site since the quasi-hiatus started. Well, here is the strip again, but this time in standard format and slightly less outré, as Annabelle might say.

Today's post also explains the "quasi" part of "quasi-hiatus"!

January 30, 2014 - Joe Pearce

In late February we will be premiering the next comic series "Short Tales." Unlike the previous stories, "Little Wolf Lost" and "Chief Among Us," the new series will be a collection of slice-of-life tales featuring different characters from Inherit the Earth. Each of these vignettes will be from one to eight strips in length.

Strips in the "Short Tales." series will be simultaneously posted to a new tumblr blog, You can follow the comic there and automatically see new posts on your tumblr dashboard!

January 23, 2014 - Joe Pearce

As some readers had surmised, last week's "strip" was the end of the "Chief Among Us" story. I hadn't planned to announce that until a week later, and now I am!

There will be a month hiatus before the next series "Short Tales" begins. Details about that next week, plus other news.

Happy Holidays from Everyone at Wyrmkeep Entertainment!
December 19, 2013 - Joe Pearce

Falkurneeze and I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

Long-time readers will know that we take a break during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, so today's strip will be the last of 2013.

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28, 2013 - Joe Pearce

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Readers outside the United States should also can have a good day too.

A (TV) Saturday to Remember
November 21, 2013 - Joe Pearce

The 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who and the premiere of the fourth season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is this Saturday. That's entertainment!

Strip Is Late and May Not Be Posted Until Next Week
October 31, 2013 - Joe Pearce

I've been just too busy the last couple of days to letter the next strip.

Update (11/6/2013): I've lettered the next three strips, so most of November is covered!

A Minor Note About Inherit the Earth 2
September 5, 2013 - Joe Pearce

The Inherit the Earth 2 website has been redone. For now the site will be a place for interested parties to check the status of the project. There is minimal information at this time and that will probably continue to be true for awhile.

Flower Power
August 15, 2013 - Joe Pearce

A few of our readers noticed a continuity error in strip 365: Cecelia suddenly had a pinkish flower adorning her belt. The strip has now been updated to deal with this glitch.

For comparison the original strip can be seen here. Below is the new panel of Cecelia picking the flower.

Comic-Con Ate My Brain... Yum, Brain...
July 25, 2013 - Joe Pearce

Preparing for my trip to San Diego and Comic-Con last week left me no time to letter and post a strip. Also, I forgot my password that would have allowed me tell you, the reader, that would be no strip that week.

Comic-Con was fun though, if exhausting. It's like a party with all your friends — all 135,000 of them!

Chief Among Us Strip #100
July 11, 2013 - Joe Pearce

Today's strip is the 100th is the current story "Chief Among Us"!

2013 Summer Sale!
June 27, 2013 - Joe Pearce

Wyrmkeep Entertainment is having a Summer sale! All our games and hint books are on sale at the lowest prices we have ever offered! Visit our Kagi Online Store for prices.

Back to Full Speed
May 30, 2013 - Joe Pearce

My art environment is pretty much back to where it was earlier this month. I'm still getting used to the quirks of Windows 8 (which is extra quirky IMHO).

On another topic: I hope to attend Califur this weekend, but I won't be there as a dealer. And by "weekend" I mean just Friday.

PC Dead, No Strip This Week (Updated)
May 9, 2013 - Joe Pearce

My Windows PC bit the dust yesterday. It appears the hard drive is OK, so I guess the motherboard failed. To reduce my stress level over this situation, I have decided to just skip today's post.

See you next week!

Update: Still not entirely back at full speed computer-wise, but I was able to produce a new strip for May 16th. Yeah!

April 18, 2013 - Joe Pearce

Balu the Bear cub has been added to the characters page.

Shedding that Strip
April 2, 2013 - Joe Pearce

A number of people who worked on the original Inherit the Earth game have informed me that they have no knowledge of a "Pony Tribe" — especially Ponies with yellow fur, pink manes and wings.

I'm sure I saw that in some concept sketch somewhere...

Anyway, a "corrected" version of the April 1st strip will appear on Thursday.

Update... Here is the strip posted on April 1st:

If I Only Had a Brain
March 28, 2013 - Joe Pearce

I am currently at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Which is a problem, because the unlettered strip for today is back in Southern California.


The next strip will be a little late. I hope to have it by Sunday evening after I return home.

Another Milestone and a Strip Update
March 14, 2013 - Joe Pearce

Wow! 350 strips. Who would of thought...

The previous strip had an over-sized goat in panel 2. This have been remedied.

Sponsoring the Strip
March 7, 2013 - Joe Pearce

I'd like to remind everyone that we do accept ads (a.k.a. sponsorships). If you are interested in placing an ad, please contact us by email at And I want to thank our current sponsor Dream Fathom RPG.

You can also support the strip authors by making a donation!

Chief Among Us, plus Further Confusion
January 10, 2013 - Joe Pearce

This story arc finally has a title: "Chief Among Us". I will modifying the website over the next few days to reflect this.

Further Confusion is next weekend in San Jose, and we will have a dealer's table there where we will be selling copies of the comic books, the game and other items. The table will not actually be in the Dealer's Room itself, but outside in the "Furry Marketplace".

Yes New Strip Today
January 3, 2013 - Joe Pearce

And we're back.

No New Strip Today
December 27, 2012 - Joe Pearce

See you in 2013!

Happy Holidays!
December 20, 2012 - Joe Pearce

Everyone here at Wyrmkeep Entertainment would like to wish all our readers and customers a Happy Holidays and a Great New Year!

Guest Strip Reminder
November 29, 2012 - Joe Pearce

Reminder: I'm still seeking a guest strip to post on December 27th. Strips should be based in some manner on Inherit the Earth. There is no limit on number of panels, so a one panel strip is fine. If I get more than one strip, all of them will get posted eventually.

You can submit a strip via my email address or post it to the Fan Art & Fiction Forum.

Holiday Sale
November 22, 2012 - Joe Pearce

The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. is having a Holiday Sale! Every item we sell is from 10 to 40 percent off!

If you haven't played Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb yet, now's the time to give it a try! Visit the download or purchase page now!

OK, that's probably too many exclamation points...

Would Someone Like to Draw a Guest Strip?
October 18, 2012 - Joe Pearce

Every holiday season our artist usually skips an update in late December. In anticipation of that, I am seeking a guest strip! You can submit a strip via my email address or post it to the Fan Art & Fiction Forum.

The strip should be based in some way on Inherit the Earth (the game or comic) — bonus points if the strip is actually holiday-based!

Next Confirmed Convention Appearance
October 4, 2012 - Joe Pearce

I was just notified that I did receive a seller's table for Further Confusion. The Wyrmkeep Entertainment table will not actually be in the Dealer's Room itself, but just outside.

Wherefore Art Thou Humanity?
September 13, 2012 - Joe Pearce

In Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb it was quite common for characters that Rif, Eeah and Okk met is expound on their theories of what happened to the humans. I don't believe there has been any such discussion in the strip yet, so here you go...

It's a Call Back
August 30, 2012 - Joe Pearce

Annabelle previously mentioned she hails from the Wild Lands back in strip #64.

Attending Worldcon in Chicago
August 23, 2012 - Joe Pearce

I will be in Chicago attending the World Science Fiction Convention (aka Worldcon) over the Labor Day weekend. I won't be selling anything there; but if you just want to say "Hi!", you can possibly find me at the Art Show where I will be a part-time staff member.

The strip update for August 30th should appear properly while I'm gone.

New Wallpaper Is Here
August 9, 2012 - Joe Pearce

The latest donation gift of a lovely wallpaper featuring Annabelle is now available. It comes in four sizes raging from small (1024 x 768 pixels) to very large (1920 x 1080 pixels). If you enjoy the strip, please help the authors in keeping this endeavor going by donating.

New Wallpaper Coming in August
July 19, 2012 - Joe Pearce

The first new wallpaper in awhile will be appearing in August. Here is a preview...

Update: Make that later in August.

July 12, 2012 - Joe Pearce

I'll be at Comic-Con today, but only as an regular attendee. Normally, I would suggest that if you see me at the con, stop and say, "Hi!" However, the chance of seeing anyone through the massive throngs at Comic-Con is rather low, shall we say.

Independence Day
July 5, 2012 - Joe Pearce

I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day! For our readers from outside the United States, I hope you had a fine Wednesday in early Summer. Or early Winter for those from the Southern Hemisphere. I think that covers it.

Inherit the Earth Comic Book #3 — Buy It Now!
June 7, 2012 - Joe Pearce

Inherit the Earth Comic #3 is back from the printer and should be available for purchase on Thursday, June 14. This third issue completes the story of Little Wolf Lost.

Update: You can order a copy right now! See the PayPal buttons on this page. You can order the earlier issues from our main store.

Califur Reminder
May 31, 2012 - Joe Pearce

Just a reminder: Wyrmkeep Entertainment will have a table at Califur (June 1-3, 2012) in Invine, CA. The third issue of the Inherit the Earth comic book will indeed be on sale there! It will be available to purchase online next week.

Come by the table and say, "Hi!"

Vignettes plus Russtip Portrait
May 24, 2012 - Joe Pearce

We're back to regular strips. Yeah!

I have decided to collect the two strips retelling scenes from Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb under Vignettes in the Sketches section of the site. I expect there will be more of these in the coming months (hint, hint). To those who might say these vignettes are not "sketches," I will remain you there is more then one definition of the word "sketch."

I have also added Russtip to the Characters page.

I Can't Count
May 17, 2012 - Joe Pearce

Question: Why is there no strip update today?

Answer: I forgot to send the artist the breakdown for today's strip.

Explanation: None, really. I had sent her the breakdowns for the next two strips, so Falkurneeze dutifully sent me the art for what would have been next week's strip. That's when I realized I had goofed. D'oh!

So, I may post a filler strip later today or tomorrow, or maybe the artist can quickly whip-up this week's strip (crosses fingers).

Update: A filler strip it is. The Fortune Teller from Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb has an odd way of ending a consultation. Ha!

And Now for Something Completely Different
May 3, 2012 - Joe Pearce

Falkurneeze is deep into college finals this week, so I have posted a filler strip: A scene from Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb featuring the Bear that Sissy and Russtip have mentioned in the current story. Enjoy!

Update: The filler strip can still be viewed here.

Our Next Convention Appearance
April 5, 2012 - Joe Pearce

Wyrmkeep Entertainment will have a table at this year's Califur (June 1-3, 2012) in Invine, CA. The third issue of the Inherit the Earth comic book, completing the story of Little Wolf Lost, should be available for purchase at the convention -- cross your fingers. We will also have copies of the original game and other items for sale too!

New Summary
March 15, 2012 - Joe Pearce

The prior comic pages now have a summary of the current story. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, if anything, with the incomplete summary of the original story Little Wolf Lost.

Update 1: I will be breaking-up the old, completed summary into three parts and putting links on the Archives page to the summaries.

Update 2: The Archives page now has links to the summaries for each part of Little Wolf Lost. The summary for the current story is still found on the prior strip pages.

Another Milestone
March 8, 2012 - Joe Pearce

It's strip #300! Woo-hoo!!

Shining Knight
January 12, 2012 - Joe Pearce

The "Shining Knight" has been added to the Characters page.

It's Pretty
January 5, 2012 - Joe Pearce

The first panel of today's strip looks so nice that I have decided to post it here at a larger size.

A Guest Strip and Happy Holidays!
December 29, 2011 - Joe Pearce

First things first: A belated Happy Holidays from the folks here at Wyrmkeep Entertainment. We also hope that everyone has a great 2012!

Long-time readers of the Inherit the Earth comic will know that we normally take the week between Christmas and New Years off. And, in fact, the current artist is taking a one-week break. Do not fret, though! Allison Hershey has provided a guest strip for today.

The Fox Family has previous appeared in the strips From the Mouths of Babes, Homesick, and the two-part A Letter and A Follow-Up Card.

Experiment Failure
December 19, 2011 - Joe Pearce

I have uploaded a new version of strip 288. We created the first version of the strip by a different process, hoping it might look crisper. Nope.

An Encounter at LosCon
December 8, 2011 - Joe Pearce

Over the Thanksgiving Day weekend I attended LosCon, the annual Los Angeles area SF and fantasy convention. The subject of one of the panels at the con was voice acting. And one of the panelists was Richard Epcar, a voice actor on Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb.

Below is a picture of me and Mr. Epcar. Yes, he is quite tall.

Download Some Music (and Twitter too)
November 14, 2011 - Joe Pearce

The soundtrack for Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb is now available as a digital download &emdash; with an introductory price of $5! Click on the button below to visit the Music from Inherit the Earth page at Bandcamp.

In other news Wyrmkeep Entertainment now has a Twitter account.

New Character Portraits
October 13, 2011 - Joe Pearce

The first four character portraits and descriptions for the current story have been posted to the Characters page. Annabelle has the honor of appearing twice (for now).

Probably Not That Comfortible
September 1, 2011 - Joe Pearce

It's good to be king!

That's until the citizens find fault with your "Let them eat cake" speech. Not to mention that the cake is a lie.

Allison had her own take on the exhibit at this year's Worldcon in Reno, Nevada.

The Hiatus Is Over
July 7, 2011 - Joe Pearce

The new story has begun!

For the time being, new strips will be posted early on Thursdays. I have moved the teaser illustration to the Sketches section of the site.

The site will be evolving over the next few weeks. The first change has already been made to the Archives page.

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