Blog Archives from before July 7, 2011
More on the New Story
June 30, 2011 - Joe Pearce
The official start date for the new story is July 7th! The new strips will be in full-color and feature Prince's consorts. (Long time fans might guess that from the teaser illustration).
Tell your friends — also tweet, blog, email, etc. the news.
New Story Starts in July
June 23, 2011 - Joe Pearce
I am happy to announce that new strips will be coming in early July! Check back here next week for more details.
For now, enjoy the preview illustration by Falkurneeze, the artist on the new story.
Cloudy with a Chance of Website Failure
April 22, 2011 - Joe Pearce
The site has been down for a day or so for reasons that should be familiar to anyone following recent news about the problems at a well-known cloud computing service (which shall remain nameless).
Some good news. I may have found an artist to continue the strip. Cross your fingers!
Still No Artist
April 5, 2011 - Joe Pearce
Still looking for an artist. If you are an artist or know an artist that would be interested in illustrating a webcomic, please contact me.
January 18, 2011 - Joe Pearce
I have some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news is that I have finished the plot for the second Inherit the Earth webcomic story. The not-so-good news is that the artist I was talking to about illustrating the strip has bowed-out.
I'm putting out the "Help Wanted" sign: If you are an artist or know an artist that would be interested in illustrating a webcomic, please contact me.
December 17, 2010 - Joe Pearce
We at Wyrmkeep Entertainment would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season.
Fin and Beyond
October 12, 2010 - Joe Pearce
And so we have come to the end of the story of Little Wolf Lost. Allison and I hope you have enjoyed the tale.
Sometime soon a new story will be starting featuring some of the other characters from the world of Inherit the Earth. Check back here or at the Wyrmkeep Entertainment website for updates. Our RSS feeds are also a source of updates.
(I know this post appears to be a week late, but I was ill last week. Bleh.)
The End is Nigh
September 28, 2010 - Joe Pearce
The story is almost done. We hope everyone is enjoying the wrap-up.
On Vacation, Partially
August 27, 2010 - Joe Pearce
Notice: Our offices will be closed from August 29 to September 13.
Any physical items, like comics, ordered during
this period will not be shipped until after September 13.
New comic strips will appear during this period, though.
August 6, 2010 - Joe Pearce
The archives page has been updated to indicate that the story of Little Wolf Lost has entered its epilogue. Also, the synopsis found on the prior strip pages now covers the story up to strip 234.
July 20, 2010 - Joe Pearce
Allison is out-of-state for a few days, so she couldn't complete a strip for this week.
Conveniently, one of our readers Falkurneeze recently sent me a humorous one-page comic about the Forrest King (seen in strip #246) and his hall. The artist is a previous winner is our fan art contest.
July 6, 2010 - Joe Pearce
I was absorbed by a new project last week and failed to notice that strip 250 had been posted. Yikes!
I and Allison would like to again thank all our readers for your continuing patronage and hope you enjoy the wrap-up to the story of Little Wolf Lost.
Willis the Pug
June 18, 2010 - Joe Pearce
Sometimes a character planned as a minor player in the story grows over time to be worthy of greater mention. Such is Willis the Pug, who has been added the cast of characters page.
This has nothing to do with Allison having a pet pug :)
May 28, 2010 - Joe Pearce
Wyrmkeep Entertainment has a table in the Dealerís Room at Califur (Irvine, CA, June 4-6), where you can buy Inherit the Earth items: game, comic books, music, etc.
Come by and say "Hi!"
April 27, 2010 - Joe Pearce
I'm not normally an early adopter. I usually wait awhile before I buy some new fangled gadget. In the case of the iPad, fate intervened: I won one from GameSpy, one of the companies that was exhibiting at this years Game Developers Conference. You can read about it here.
Can a version of the Little Wolf Lost comic books for the iPad be far behind?
Still on the Move
April 20, 2010 - Allison Hershey
My new day job is keeping me very busy indeed! I'm also helping my sister get a project off the ground, so we met last weekend at a place halfway between our 400-mile-apart homes and spent some days planning and sight seeing. Still, with a little strategic management of the art and crowd scenes, I was able to get this week's strip done. I hope I can manage the same feat next week. I'll have paid contract work (bookkeeping) going on all weekend, and will have to catch up with my neglected housework. If only I could get ahead....
Allie on the Move 2
April 6, 2010 - Allison Hershey
Still very busy, but I managed to squeeze in some time to draw two panels of crowd scenes. It's hard to do crowd scenes in a hurry! I could probably tweek the art a bit, especially in panel two, but that will have to wait awhile.
Hope everybody had a happy spring holiday!
Allie on the Move
March 30, 2010 - Allison Hershey
I had a very busy week last week, with a Hollywood premiere, a family reunion, meetings with the tax accountant (in Los Angeles!) and 900 miles of driving. This week there are Passover and Easter preparations, work with the local emergency response network, and more family stuff. In other words, I'm swamped. This week's strip will have to wait. I'm hoping to find enough time in the wee hours to get it done by next week, but it's going to be tight. I'm hoping you readers can bear with me, and accept my apologies for the break in the schedule.
Website on the Move
February 23, 2010 - Joe Pearce
I am currently in the process of moving all the Wyrmkeep Entertainment websites to a new server. It is possible that there might be intermittent outages during the next couple of weeks. Ahead of that, I am making some (hopefully) minor changes to this website. If you find any bad links, please send me a comment about the problem.
Sponsoring the Comic
February 2, 2010 - Joe Pearce
I would like to thank our current sponsor, Dream Fathom, and remind everyone that one way you can help support this site is by placing an ad.
Cafepress Shop Closing Early February
January 5, 2010 - Joe Pearce
Sales at the Wyrmkeep Entertainment Cafepress shop have been sub-par for the last year or so, and the fees to keep the shop open are higher than the income being generated. Reluctantly, I have decided to shut the shop down. Questions about the shutdown should be sent to me via the comment page.
This will have no effect on the items we sell directly like software, comic books, music CDs, etc.
December 22, 2009 - Joe Pearce
I and Allison would like to offer all our readers a Merry Holiday Season!
December 15, 2009 - Allison Hershey
My dog, Winnie, has been experiencing increasing paralysis in her hind legs. X-rays at the local vet showed compression of several vertebrae, causing possible disc and nerve damage. In order to find out what was happening with the soft tissue, I had to take Winnie to the U.C. Davis small animal veterinary clinic last week to get an MRI. The tests and procedures stretched out to several days, and since it was several hours drive from my home, I stayed at a nearby hotel during that time. If they pinpointed the problem and it was operable, they were going to perform back surgery on Winnie that Friday. Unfortunately, the MRI was inconclusive. There was what appeared to be thinning of the spinal cord, but they couldn't pinpoint the cause, and therefore felt the surgical risk was too great at that time.
Because of the holidays, further tests have been postponed until January or February. At this point I have to weigh the costs and surgical risks against my bank account plus Winnie's age and quality of life. Costs have topped $3000. Winnie is 9 years old, and Pugs tend to live 12 to 15 years.
More from Joe: Allison didn't want to miss two weeks of updates, but she only had time to create this heart-felt filler strip. She wants me to thank everyone who donated to help Winnie!
Sick Pug (and Fantastic Mr. Fox)
December 1, 2009 - Joe Pearce
There will not be a strip update this week. Allisonís pet Pug, Winnie, is sick; and she needs to deal with trips to the vet, etc.
Also, you should go see the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox. 'Nuff said.
November 10, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Inherit the Earth is now on Facebook! Suggestions on what to do with the group are welcome – I'm a Facebook novice myself. Your can send comments directly to me, via the Wyrmkeep Entertainment forum, or at the Facebook group itself.
Bad Electrons! Bad!
November 5, 2009 - Joe Pearce
The file server that hosts the various Wyrmkeep Entertainment websites went down late Tuesday. This was at an inconvenient time as no one was available to reset the system for over a day. Sigh. We're back now.
October 20, 2009 - Joe Pearce
I am currently working on a re-release of the German language version of Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb. Although almost all the game text and audio is translated, various text strings in the installer, uninstaller, etc. are not. Anyone interested in doing the translations? You will need to have a good knowledge of current German computer software terminology. Send me an email via the Comments page if you would like to give it a shot.
Story Summary Updated
September 22, 2009 - Joe Pearce
I've been a little behind in updating the story summary that can be found on the prior strip pages. The summary is now up-to-date (or as up-to-date as I want it to be).
Inherit the Earth for the iPhone and iPod Touch
August 28, 2009 - Joe Pearce
In collaboration with iPhSoft, Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb is now available for iPhone and iPod Touch! Visit the publisher's website to order the game.
A lingering reminder of my vacation
August 19, 2009 - Allison Hershey
After a week in Montreal and a nasty case of poison oak, I'm back at work. Gotta be careful to keep my oozing arms off the Wacom tablet. And the itch... I'd never wish it on my worst enemy!
With this week's discovery by Rif, I believe things are going to get real interesting real fast, so stay tuned....
Stuck in the Cabin
August 4, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Allison has informed me that she will not be able to provide new strips for the next two weeks. I guess Rif and Sandy will get some time to appreciate the captain's cabin.
I would like to post something next week. (That's a hint to the artists out there.)
Off to Worldcon Next Week
July 31, 2009 - Joe Pearce
I will be attending Worldcon in Montrťal next week. Here are the list of the panels I will be on. Your best chance of finding me at the con (to say 'Hi!' or whatever) would be at one of these panels.
- The Webcomics You Should be Reading (Thursday, 8/6, 3:30pm)
- Abby Normal: Comedy and SF (Saturday, 8/8, 11:00am)
- The Look of Media Fantasy (Sunday, 8/9, 11:00am)
- Computer Game Design and Development (Monday, 8/10, 12:30pm)
The last item is actually a "talk" where I will be giving a short overview of how game development works... or should work... There will be a Q&A session too.
Allison will also be Worldcon, but she will be stuck behind a table at site-selection. You can try visiting her there.
On another topic, my scanner is not working so there won't be any classic sketch updates until after I return from Worldcon.
New Character Portraits
July 10, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Allison has created character portraits for both the captain and first mate of The Black Raccoon. Those images and character descriptions can be found on the Characters page.
Off to Anthrocon
June 30, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Just a reminder: Wyrmkeep Entertainment has a table in the Dealer's Room at Anthrocon this weekend (Pittsburgh, PA, July 3-5), where we will be selling Inherit the Earth items (game, comic books, etc.)
Avast, matey! We've reached strip 200!
June 19, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Even though it's not Talk Like a Pirate Day, I thought a nautically-themed blog title would be appropriate as we find our protagonists on the pirate ship, The Black Raccoon, as we arrive at strip 200! Comments welcome.
Issue #2 Is Here
June 5, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Issue #2 of the Inherit the Earth comic book is back from the printer and is available for purchase!
Also with the release of the second comic, we have renumbered the parts of the story on the archive page to 1, 2A, 2B and 3.
Off to the Printer!
May 19, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Issue #2 of the Inherit the Earth comic book is off to the printer and should be available in time for us to sell at this yearís Califur. It will be available to purchase on our websites the first week of June.
I should probably tell you our upcoming convention schedule, too.
The dates are those days we will be in the Dealerís Room selling Inherit the Earth stuff.
The Story Resumes
May 12, 2009 - Allison Hershey
I was out of town a couple of weeks on personal business. Hopefully we are back on schedule now.
No Strip This Week
May 5, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Allison will not be able to post a new strip this week. There will be a new classic sketch on Friday though.
April 21, 2009 - Joe Pearce
I am seeking an artist with experience in comic-strip-style illustration. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you are an artist that spoke with me at this yearís Further Confusion, please send me your contact info again — I seem to have misplaced some of my notes from the con. (Díoh!)
Donít worry — Allison isnít leaving. This is for a future project.
Comic Book #2 Delayed
April 10, 2009 - Joe Pearce
At this year's Further Confusion we announced that the second issue of the Inherit the Earth comic book would be available in March. Well, as you can tell, we have missed that date. Life intruded on our schedule, and Allison is only now providing the final artwork needed. With luck the second issue will be available by the end of April. (Cross your fingers.)
Some details for those who didn't attend that con: Issue #2 will be double-sized and sell for $5.99 plus shipping. It will include what is currently referred to as part 2 and 3 of the story.
4th Anniversary and 2nd Fan Art Winner
March 27, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Four years ago this week, March 22nd to be exact, the first strip in Little Wolf Lost was posted. It is 188 strips later, and both I and Allison hope our readers are continuing to enjoy the story.
We can finally announce the second 2008 Fan Art Contest winner: GaŽl Orliange for "Tallek Remembering." GaŽl previously won in early 2007 for "Yisha."
2008 Fan Art Contest Winners
February 20, 2009 - Joe Pearce
We have selected the fan art winners. The first winner is Falkurneeze with her humorous "Rif the Fox Baron on the New Human Artifact" [view].
We expect to announce a second winner at a later date.
For Your Consideration: Ursa Major Awards
February 13, 2009 - Joe Pearce
The Ursa Major Awards are given to the best anthropomorphic-themed works from the previous year. Nominations for the 2008 awards are now open and will close at the end of February. If you think that Inherit the Earth is deserving of the honor, please consider nominating us for Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip.
Oops! Bad programmer! (and FurCon too)
January 27, 2009 - Joe Pearce
There is a new version of Rif's Box-o-Rama available for play. This fixes one bug: high score information was not being properly transmitted to the server. I apologize to everyone who played the game and was unable to immortalize their high score.
I and Allison had a good time at Further Confusion. We both had dinner with Bill Holbrook of Kevin and Kell fame at his patron get-together. We completed the plotting of almost all the remaining strips in the current "Little Wolf Lost" storyline. Copies of Inherit the Earth were sold. And there were a massive number of fursuited-people at the con (more than 500!)
Further Confusion and Fan Art Contest
January 16, 2009 - Joe Pearce
Wyrmkeep Entertainment will have a table at Further Confusion (Jan 23-25 in San Jose, CA) where you can purchase Inherit the Earth (the game, the comic book, etc.) Allison will be there on Saturday to sign comic books and other slips of paper. Please note that our table will located in the corridor outside the Dealers Room.
On a related topic the current Fan Art Contest has been extended until after Further Confusion. You can even drop-off an entry at our table at the con, and we'll scan and post it for you!
Welcome to 2009
January 6, 2009 - Allison Hershey
I'm back from the holidays and ready to get on with the story. Much rested and rejuvenated (I had to recover from the holiday mania, but I'm better now.) I'm getting down to work on the cover of the next issue which will be coming out soon. Stay tuned.
Travel Can Be Complicated (Updated)
December 23, 2008 - Joe Pearce
Allison had hoped to have a new strip this week, but preparations for driving back to Southern California for Christmas got in the way. She was able to provide a "story-reading" strip as a replacement. I expect this will be the last update for this year, although Allison says she will try to have a strip for next week. Update: Nope, no new strip. See you next year.
Everyone here at Wyrmkeep Entertainment hopes you have a Happy Holiday Season!
New Web Game: Rif's Box-o-Rama
December 9, 2008 - Joe Pearce
Wyrmkeep Entertainment has released a second web-based game, Rifís Box-o-Rama. In this game Rif must search through a room of boxes in the Rat Complex to find some human artifacts. Note that this is a Beta release, so there might be some bugs. Also, the game requires Java.
Both this new game and our first web-based game, Morph Match, can keep track of high scores. So, give both games a try!
Let There Be PDF
December 2, 2008 - Joe Pearce
The Inherit the Earth Adventurers Guide (the gameís hint book) and Inherit the Earth #1 (the comic strip collection) are now available as PDF documents. Both are formatted to print on common paper sizes (A4 and US Letter). You can purchase a copy here. Both publications are still available in "dead tree" form.
A reminder: This year's Fan Art/Fiction contest wraps-up soon. Post your entries here.
November 12, 2008 - Joe Pearce
We are starting work on issue #2 of the Inherit the Earth comic book. There will be a letters page, so readers are welcome to submit their thoughts and comments about the first issue. We will select the most interesting communiqués for publication. You can send an email or mail us an actual letter to:
The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co.
PO Box 1585
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-1585
2008 Fan Art / Fiction Contest
October 21, 2008 - Joe Pearce
We will be selecting a new set of winning entries in our continuous fan art/fiction contest at the end of the year. Just post your entries to the Fan Art & Fiction forum. Be sure you read the rules.
New Wallpaper - Any Way You Want It
September 30, 2008 - Joe Pearce
I wanted to remind our readers that we have a new wallpaper gift for those who decide to support this site by making a Tip to the Authors. The wallpaper (shown below) comes in various sizes for your desktop backdrop pleasure.
September 9, 2008 - Joe Pearce
We are taking a short break from our story, both because it is Allisonís birthday and the story has reached the end of part 3. Allison hopes you enjoy this in-between strip that she whipped-up for today.
At the Movies
August 19, 2008 - Joe Pearce
The intro to Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb is now available for viewing as a Quicktime movie. Alternately, you can view the version I uploaded to YouTube. Enjoy.
No Classic Sketch Today. Maybe No Script Tuesday
August 8, 2008 - Joe Pearce
I and Allison's attendance of Worldcon will probably prevent the posting of new content until next Friday, although Allison may still come through with a strip on Tuesday.
Update (August 12): Nope. No strip. Classic sketch update on Friday.
Denvention 3 and New Tip Gift
August 1, 2008 - Joe Pearce
I will be attending Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention, in Denver, Colorado next week. The convention runs from August 6-10. I will appear on two panels:
- Tie-in Novels for TV and Gaming (Thu, Aug 7, 1:00pm)
- Golden Guidelines for Good Game Design (Fri, Aug 8, 5:30pm)
If you come to a panel and mention you read the comic strip, I will give you a copy of Inherit the Earth #1 (while my supplies last).
Allison will also be at the convention, but will not be appearing on any panels. She will still be busy as she is a member of the convention staff.
We also have a new wallpaper gift for those who want to help support this site via a contribution.
No CD-ROM Required
July 22, 2008 - Joe Pearce
Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb is now available as downloadable trial versions for Windows, MacOS X, Linux and PocketPC. The trial versions have expanded game play over the earlier demos, and each can be activated into the full game with a registration key. No CD-ROM required.
If you want to play the game via ScummVM, you will need to order the CD-ROM version.
July 1, 2008 - Joe Pearce
I will be at Westercon in Las Vegas this Independence Day weekend. I'm not on any panels, but if you see me in passing please say "Hi!"
There will be a classic sketch update while I'm gone.
Dangers in Paradise
June 24, 2008 - Allison Hershey
I am back, finally. Glenn and I had a short honeymoon at Ojai Inn and Spa, just a bit north of Los Angeles, but we had a bit of a scare while we were down there. A wildfire erupted just 3 or 4 miles from our home near Santa Cruz. We were on the phone with a neighbor through the weekend getting updates. Fortunately for us the wind changed and blew away from our house, but 10 people lost their homes on the other side our little mountain.
This weekend I took part in a Community Emergency Response Team drill at the local safety fair. While we were practicing, a freak lightning storm passed overhead and started several more fires north and east of us in Santa Clara and Sacramento. Fire crews were still mopping up from a different fire started the day before on Highway 1 in Watsonville, near the site of the safety fair. Quite a few pets and livestock were killed in that fire.
This is going to be a long summer. It would sure be nice to have an Orb of Storms to put things back in balance.
Comic or Husband - Which to Choose?
June 6, 2008 - Allison Hershey
My husband and I are getting married! Yes, you read that right. Though we legally tied the knot 18 months ago, we weren't able to have our wedding then due to logistical obstacles. We had a little dress-up ceremony in Japan last summer, but friends and family weren't able to attend. The classic walk-down-the-aisle ceremony was postponed again and again until finally all the pieces came together, and the big date is now only a week away.
Tonight I'm flying down to the wedding venue in Los Angeles. I'm booked solid through the weekend with wedding preparations, and the rest of the week is filling up fast with appointments and errands. I will only have my laptop with me, and working on that is slow and cumbersome. The upshot is, I don't think I'll have time to get any strips done until I get back home after June 18th.
And we're right in the middle of finding out what Rhene did while Rif was searching for the orb! Oh dear.
Thanks for your patience, friends. I'll get back to work as soon as I can.
(Note from Joe: Since last week's classic sketch included two sketches, I'm skipping this week's update.)
May 30, 2008 - Joe Pearce
In an earlier blog entry I mentioned that a flashback to the game was coming-up in the comic. And lo, it has arrived. For the next few weeks Rhene will present her (limited) view of the events of the game. Enjoy.
Web Games, Gratis
April 22, 2008 - Joe Pearce
The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. Web Site now features free web-based games!
The first game is Morph Match and features art from Inherit the Earth. More games to follow every few months.
Please post your comments in the Web-Based Games forum.
Also, I will be out-of-town visiting relatives on Friday. So, no classic sketch this week.
April 1st Strip Redux
April 15, 2008 - Joe Pearce
I thought everyone might like to see the April 1st strip in its original color form.
New Website Features
April 8, 2008 - Joe Pearce
Some changes are afoot here in Inherit the Earth land.
First, the site now has a news feed that lists every recently added strip, sketch or blog entry. Click on the News Feed icon () to subscribe to the feed.
Second, the classic sketches section of the site will be undergoing some re-organization starting this Friday.
A quick reminder: Allison had to replace her computer recently, and you can help her out by making a donation.
April 3, 2008 - Joe Pearce
It appears that Nigerian thing didn't work out for Allison, so she will have a new strip for April 8th. This means the new story I had planned will NOT be continued. Iím sure all our readers will be saddened by this news.
Iím not sure why things like this always happen around this time of year!
A Change in Direction
April 1, 2008 - Joe Pearce
It appears that Allisonís recent computer problems have been too stressful, and she has decided to take a few months off from the strip. She also mentioned something about getting an email from a long lost Nigerian relative who wants to leave her a bunch of money, so sheís going there to collect it.
I have decided to start a new story on my own to fill the time. Please enjoy the first strip in this new story.
When Computers Explode...
March 28, 2008 - Allison Hershey
Hi, readers -
My poor old computer blew up in a great flash of light last week, the 2nd time in less than 6 months. Last time I had to replace a hard-to-find motherboard and power supply. I was told I was lucky to be able to find a motherboard, the computer was so old. This time I decided to "bite the bullet" and buy a new computer. I scraped together enough money to get a discount model from Dell. (Even a bottom-of-the-line computer ought to be leagues ahead of what I was using before.) I received it in the mail today, and I am feverishly reinstalling programs. After I get a few more bits and pieces of equipment I will be able to transfer data from the old hard drive and get back to creating strips. Stay tuned.
[Joe: You are welcome to help Allison out by making a donation to keep the strip running. She is working on a new "cast of characters" wallpaper, and anyone who donates now will receive that new wallpaper.]
March 25, 2008 - Joe Pearce
It was three years (and a couple of days) ago that the first strip of Little Wolf Lost was posted here. We hope you have enjoyed the tale so far!
December 2007 Fan Art/Story Winners
March 18, 2008 - Joe Pearce
Allison and I would like to congratulate the latest winners of the on-going fan art/story contest.
You can win too! Read the contest forum topic for details.
Happy Leap Day!
February 29, 2008 - Joe Pearce
Allison has provided updated portraits for Rif, Rhene and Sandy,
plus a new portrait of the current villian, Rufi the Otter.
Things to Report and Happy New Year!
January 4, 2008 - Joe Pearce
Today's classic sketch is from the archeology section
of Inherit the Earth history. Please take a look.
Allison visited SoCal during the holidays, and she and I were able to complete the basic plotting
for the rest of the current story, "Little Wolf Lost." You might say, "Huh? Donít you know
what the story is?" Well, yes, but some secondary plot elements hadnít been nailed down yet.
This doesnít mean that the rest of the plot has been broken down into individual strips.
We prefer to do that in clumps (chapters in a sense).
One of the more interesting, upcoming chapters (at least to me) is a multi-strip flashback
to the original game where we will reveal some unseen background action. I hope it will explain a thing or two.
A reminder: we will have a table at Further Confusion (Jan. 25-27 in San Jose, CA) where you can buy stuff from us. We know you want to...
Contest Over (Sorta)
December 21, 2007 - Joe Pearce
Today was the last day to submit fan art/story entries for this year.
We will be announcing the winners sometime in January 2008.
Also, today's classic sketch is the last update (comic or sketch) until New Years Day.
Finally, I and Allison would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!
December 7, 2007 - Joe Pearce
Finally, I have posted a new classic sketch. As I mentioned previously, the laptop computer
I use to scan images died. Well, it turned out that just the hard drive was toasted. Below is
a picture of my laptop disassembled awaiting its new drive. (It was out of warranty, so I did the repairs myself.)
In convention news we will have a table at Further Confusion (Jan. 25-27 in San Jose, CA). We will have
copies of the game, comic book, T-shirt and other wares for sale.
A reminder that we will be picking fan art/story
winners soon. You should post your entries by December 21st.
"It's Dead, Jim"
November 21, 2007 - Joe Pearce
The computer that is used to perform scans here died a week or so ago, which is why there haven't
been any classic sketches posted recently -- this upcoming Friday included. Hopefully things will be
resolved by December.
November 9, 2007 - Joe Pearce
Mama Bear has been added to the cast of characters page.
We are probably going to select some additional fan art/story winners before the end of the year.
So you may want to check the rules and then get your muse working.
October 26, 2007 - Joe Pearce
Inherit the Earth® is now a registered trademark. So, many little R's in circles will be appearing
on this site as pages get updated.
The Cat Is Out of the Bag
October 5, 2007 - Joe Pearce
Some of our forum members have managed to find the teaser page for
Inherit the Earth 2. I have decided to come clean
and acknowledge the page does exist. When work of the sequel gets more serious, that site will have
a development blog to keep our fans up-to-date about the status of the project.
Please note the word tentative at the bottom of the teaser.
More Contest Honorable Mentions
September 28, 2007 - Joe Pearce
Instead of a classic sketch update, I have produced some additional
honorable mentions from the recent Caption Contest. Please take a look.
Also, the picture of the poster from last week can be found on the
same page as Alicia Austin's cover art scan.
Sort of a Classic Sketch Update
September 14, 2007 - Joe Pearce
While looking through my storage unit, I discovered an old poster created by New World Computing
to promote Inherit the Earth at E3 in 1994 (I think). A scan of the poster can be found below. The text
is hard to read, so I have transcribed it. (Yellow text on a light-colored background? Design check please.)
The most amusing bit is "Huge 3-D Maps" — things have changed in 13 years...
Inherit the Earth Quest for the Orb
Come to a place of unbridled wonder and unspoiled beauty: Earth! To the Morph, Humans live only in legends, but their legacy remains. Accompany Rif, a heroic fox who must journey far from home to uncover the mystery of an ancient, yet powerful human artifact. With thrilling graphics, sounds, story, and an easy-to-use interface, Inherit the Earth will provide hours of challenge and enjoyment for the whole family.
- Breathtaking Scenery
- Unforgettable Characters
- Huge 3-D Maps
- Beautiful Original Soundtrack
- Exciting Story
- Intriguing Puzzles
Inherit the Earth: A New Breed of Adventure
A Somber Day
September 11, 2007 - Joe Pearce
I thought about skipping the update today given it being the anniversary of the terrorist attacks
six years ago, but a little humor is not a bad thing on a day like today.
Back from Nippon
September 4, 2007 - Joe Pearce
No accounting for jet lag, though.
Hello from Nippon
August 28, 2007 - Joe Pearce
I am attending Worldcon in Yokohama, Japan this week. So, there will be no classic sketch this week.
Allison and her husband are also attending the con. You might think this will cause an additional delay in
new strips, but not so. Allison has been drawing new strips during her "break," so she can really take time-off
during her vacation in Japan.
And the Winners Are...
August 22, 2007 - Joe Pearce
We have picked two "winners" -- an "out-of-continuity" and "in-continuity" winner.
The out-of-continuity winner is from "Catbunny" whose entry will be displayed on the
main page until strip #113 is posted next week. The other co-winner is "cairn destop"
whose entry we posted on August 7th. His entry will be the final strip #112 and will take that
position next week. Congratulations to the winners.
We will also be awarding entries as honorable mentions.
These entries plus the winners will appear on a permanent 2007 Caption Contest page that will be created sometime soon.
Contest Update #4
August 22, 2007 - Joe Pearce
We're still considering which caption entry to declare the "winner." We have narrowed it down to two.
We are also thinking about honorable mentions. One issue is that we would like the winning entry to either
fit into the continuity of the story or be completely out of continuity. Many entries included an off-stage
comment by Rif, which doesn't really work in continuity. Oh, well.
Contest Update #3
August 14, 2007 - Joe Pearce
Here is another entry for the caption contest. Actually, this particular reader sent a number of suggestions —
this was the shortest one. I modified the text slightly by dropping the "not" from the first line.
Taking a different tact, another reader (Wolfie Inu) decided to translate
a earlier strip (#108) into Afrikaans!
Contest Update #2
August 7, 2007 - Joe Pearce
The Caption Contest continues. Details can be found in the blog entries below.
The first entry we received was from "cairn destop," a frequent poster on our forums. It is the only entry (yet) that is totally narration and not thoughts or dialogue (or at least that's how I read it). The entry is an honorable mention... and could still be the winner.
Contest Update #1
July 31, 2007 - Joe Pearce
The Caption Contest continues. Details can be found in the blog entry below. There is now a
forum topic with a discussion about the contest.
I have received about a dozen entries so far. To the person that asked: Adding no balloons is not a valid entry :)
Summer Break and a Contest!
July 25, 2007 - Joe Pearce
The prior weekís strip (#111) was the last strip of Part 2 of our current story,
Little Wolf Lost. Allison has decided to take a few weeks off before continuing on to Part 3,
but before doing so she provided an extra strip. This strip has no balloons, because we would like you to
provide Sandyís current thoughts.
Yes, itís a contest! Send us your idea for what is on Sandyís mind.
The best entries will be posted here for everyoneís enjoyment. Alternately, you can pick any earlier strip
and provide alternate dialogue. Or, if you are an artist, send us a strip of your own design based on Inherit the Earth (the game or comic strip).
Please send in your entry by August 19, as I will be posting the final best entries on August 21.
I will also be posting interesting entries in the weeks before to the final date.
Please provide your name and email address with your entry.
We do want to credit the authors of best entries — you are welcome to provide a pseudonym to use
for the credit instead of your real name.
There will be no classic sketch update this week as I am off to attend Comic-Con.
Below is a version of the contest strip without the notice in the last panel.
Legal goop: All contest entries become the property of The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co.
The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. reserves the right to change or cancel the contest at any time with notice on this page.
(If you would prefer another arrangement, please talk to us before sending your entry!)
Back from the Cons
July 20, 2007 - Joe Pearce
I had an enjoyable trip to the Bay Area and Pittsburgh. Sales at Anthrocon were fairly brisk,
and I had a chance to chat with both Bill Holbrook (Kevin and Kell)
and Amber Williams (Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures).
But it is good to be back home - even with a slight head cold.
Upcoming Convention and Other Stuff
June 27, 2007 - Joe Pearce
The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. will have a table an Anthrocon
this year, and I will be selling the companyís various Inherit-the-Earth-related products
(software, comic book, T-shirts, etc.) The Dealerís Room at the con will be open July 6-8.
Come by, say "Hi," and buy things.
Westercon is the same week as Anthrocon,
and I will be attending that con too! Allison is also attending Westercon, so there will be no
new strip or sketch the week of July 4th. There will be a new classic sketch this Friday.
Not a "Classic" "Sketch", per se
June 15, 2007 - Joe Pearce
Although not a classic sketch, I thought that some of you might like some background information on the cover art for
Inherit the Earth Adventurers Guide.
Some Classic Sketch Updates
May 18, 2007 - Joe Pearce
First update: It appears the before Rif was named Rif, he was named Ren.
I will be adding a section about the 1992 design document where this tidbit of information appears
sometime soon. I don't know if the character was named Ren as far back as
Second update: I received an email this week from Eric Blumrich, one of tha game's concept artists. He was
able to confirm that he was the author of the Orb of Building drawing.
Another Milestone - Issue #1
May 1, 2007 - Joe Pearce
The first issue of the Inherit the Earth comic book is now available! You can purchase a copy from
Major Milestone - It's Strip #100!
April 24, 2007 - Joe Pearce
The posting of strip #100 is just one of a number of milestones and events of interest in the next
few weeks. Before I get to the other items, I and Allison would like to once again thank all our readers
for their continuing support in this storytelling endeavor.
Inherit the Earth #1, a collection of the first 54 strips in comic book form, is currently being printed
and will go on sale next week. Check back then for information on how to order your copy.
Finally, The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. will have a table at Califur.III, a convention taking place
in Costa Mesa, CA from May 4-6. I will be there selling the companyís various Inherit the Earth related
products including the comic book.
Be a Sponsor
April 13, 2007 - Joe Pearce
I would like to welcome our new sponsor, the Psi Morphs role-playing game.
I encourage you to check out the game's site!
You too can sponsor Inherit the Earth. Click the button on the right side of this page to request more info.
Classic Sketch Thumbnail Page Reorganized
April 6, 2007 - Joe Pearce
It looks like there is eventually going to be a lot of Ed Lacabanne's storyboard art appearing in
the "classic sketches" section of the site. So, I have moved the storyboards to their own group
on the thumbnail page.
No Fooling Here
April 1, 2007 - Joe Pearce
We're too busy finalizing the first Inherit the Earth comic book to "celebrate" April 1st.
Web site mutations from previous years can be found here: 2006 and 2005.
Earliest Known Concept Art
March 23, 2007 - Joe Pearce
If you don't normally look at the classic sketches we post on (most) Fridays, you may want to make an exception
and view two previous/a>
drawings, as these are the earliest known pieces of concept art for the game. The next older pieces are of
a male and female Elk,
also drawn by Lisa Sample.
On The Subject of Tuesday
March 13, 2007 - Joe Pearce
For the next few weeks the so-called Tuesday update of the strip will be happening very late on Tuesday.
Many of you may find it is already Wednesday when the strip is posted.
This schedule will probably continue for a few weeks.
You have been warned! (Imagine an ominous organ chord being played in the background here.)
Fan Art Winners
February 9, 2007 - Joe Pearce
I would like to congratulate our latest fan art contest winners: Gaël Orliange and "Rif Fox". You can view
their winning entries here.
You could be a winner too. Read the contest rules
and start drawing, writing, sewing, etc.
Issue #1 and New Wallpapper
February 2, 2007 - Joe Pearce
We are inching forward on our plans to print the first set of strips as a comic book. We are targeting sometime
in April as the publishing date. There will be more details as the date looms nearer.
Below is a mock-up of the cover to issue #1. This is not the final cover — Allie is adding some clouds.
There is also a new wallpaper tip gift.
Upcoming Convention, etc.
January 9, 2007 - Joe Pearce
Wyrmkeep Entertainment will have a dealer's table at Further Confusion 2007 in San Jose (January 18 to 22).
We will be selling our wares all three days that the dealer's room is open, although we won't actually be in the
dealer's room — we will be just outside in the so-called Artists Alley. Allison Hershey will be at
the table on Saturday and possibly other days (Friday?).
This is the week of Allison's move to Santa Cruz. The move, plus continuing car problems, has left her with no
time to do a strip. Sigh.
Finally, there will be no classic sketch updates for the next two weeks.
A Tale of Woe
December 20, 2006 - Allison Hershey
Here is a rather long blog entry for those of you who are interested in why there was no update on the strip this week. I wish it was as simple as "my dog ate my homework," but it is rather more involved, and sadder, than that. You see, my car ate my time.
It seemed like a good car when I bought it in October. After living 5 months without one (my old Camry was demolished by a hit and run driver), I found a 1998 Subaru Legacy that seemed in very good condition. I paid the local Subaru dealer to check it out before I paid the private party for it. They said it was in good shape, though a little high in the miles.
The "check engine" light came on the next day. I went to two different mechanics, neither of whom could find anything wrong. They reset the indicator light. I had the timing belt replaced and a general tune-up, just to be safe, since the previous owner didn't know when she had replaced it before. I also had a leaking steering pump replaced. My mechanic announced the car "in great shape." I was another thousand dollars poorer, but the car ran quite smoothly after that. For about 2 weeks.
10 days ago, as I was preparing for a trip to my future home near Santa Cruz (400 miles from Los Angeles), my car alarm armed itself and couldn't be shut off. I was stranded. I spent several days looking for a place that would even look at it before Christmas. There was only one place in Southern California, a Subaru Dealer 30 miles away in Irvine. I managed to get the car over there, and a week later they had it ready. Though I had asked them only to fix the alarm, they warned me that all kinds of things were wrong with the engine and if I didn't have a major overhaul right away I would be in trouble. I was suspicious, so I retrieved my car and had my regular mechanic look at it. He found nothing seriously wrong, but now the engine was running a little rough and I needed to keep an eye on it.
All this calling around and fetching my car (I had to make several trips to Irvine) forced me to put off my regular work, Christmas shopping, packing, and work on the comic strip. But I still had a couple of days left to work on the strip when I got up north. I had a possible job interview waiting when I got up there, too.
Saturday afternoon I left for Santa Cruz. It took 45 minutes to get my car to start, the first time it had ever had trouble doing so. I got as far as Burbank, about 30 miles. Then the temperature gauge climbed quickly into the red zone. I pulled over and waited awhile, found it didn't help, and crept about 2 miles to my friend's house nearby.
On Monday we took it to her mechanic. He pronounced a blown head gasket, caused by a defective cooling fan. It is a minimum of $1500 to fix. If the engine block was warped (he'd find that out when replacing the head gasket) it would be $5400 for a rebuilt engine. Plus labor. And he wouldn't be able to fix it until after the New Year.
It would cost me as much to replace the engine as the car cost me in the first place. And I had borrowed most of my money to buy the car. This time around I am broke, jobless, and have maxed out my credit line.
I had someone pick me up and take me back to Long Beach Tuesday afternoon. There went my deadlines, my Christmas shopping, my moving, my potential job.
This is my tale of woe. If I wrote all the details it would be twice as long to tell. I could have boiled it down to "I had car trouble all week and now I have no car." But that didn't explain why it took up so much of my time. I'm working hard now to catch up, and will do my best to have a strip ready next Tuesday.
Note from Joe: Thanks to all of you that donated!
A Little Context
November 28, 2006 - Joe Pearce
The middle two panels of today's strip may seem a little odd to those of our readers that haven't played
the Inherit the Earth computer game. The screenshot below may help explain the bit of whimsy in this strip.
Lots of upheaval behind the scenes this month. My fiance and I are moving 400 miles away to Santa Cruz.
Actually, my fiance (Glenn) is moving at the end of this week. And all my stuff (computer excluded) will
be moving too. I will go up for the weekend, but come back to the Los Angeles area to camp out until the
end of December. After that, Joe and I will be collaborating long distance.
It's going to be quite a feat to complete a strip this week while packing and directing movers,
driving, and sorting things as they come out of the truck on the other end. No sleep for me, I'm afraid.
Today's classic sketch is a black-and-white version of a color sketch of the Dog Castle we posted in April.
See this updated page for additional details.
Ahoy, here is today's strip ready for the high seas. Aye, me parrot concurs.
I have been upgrading my artist tools lately. I've recently acquired Photoshop CS2.
It works a little differently than my old version and will take some getting used to.
But there is greater flexibility and a lot of neat new tools to work with.
My friends and family pitched in and ordered me a brand new (and larger) Wacom digital drawing tablet for my birthday.
I also received a 19 inch flat screen monitor from a very generous colleague.
It's going to be a real pleasure to work on the comic strip now.
Oh yes, one other useful present. Joe gave me Scott McCloud's new book, Making Comics.
It's about time I learned how to draw them.
This time around I will be responcible for a late strip. I'm off
to Austin, Texas for a game conference, so posting a new strip will be basd on my free time while
Update 1: Strip is up, although the sepia toning is off -- GIMP vs. Photoshop again. This will be fixed when I return from Austin.
Update 2: Back from Austin. The strip has been color-corrected. Also, I'm sorry there has been no
new classic sketches for the last two weeks. There will definitely be one next Friday.
The posting of strip #68 will be delayed a day or two while Allie recovers from helping to run
L.A.Con IV, this year's World Science Fiction Convention.
There is a second purpose for this new forum -- it is the repository for entries in an ongoing Fan Art
contest. Rules can be found in the aforementioned post.
For the next few weeks the classic sketches will almost exclusively be related to the Dog tribe.
We will also be revealing some previously unpublished information about the various Dog characters
that appeared in the original game.
Last week we revealed that the name of the Poodle from Prince's "harem" is
Annabelle. That name comes from the original design document written in 1993.
We have returned to our regularly scheduled story and artist.
Allison and I would once again like to thank J.L. Anderson
for her work on the "Okk and Eeah Show" strips.
The logistics problem with the guest strips have been resolved. The strips have been reordered
so all the guest strips will be together. Sorry for the confusion.
I and Allison will be attending Conzilla (this year's Westercon) in San Diego over the
July 4th weekend. We will be appearing on a number of panels -- even one together! Our schedules
are listed in this announcement
in the forums.
Or if you see either of us wandering around the con,
please stop and say Hi!
First, status report: This and next week's strips are in the "standard" continuity.
Those will then be followed by the guest strips.
Wyrmkeep Entertainment will have a dealer's table at Califur (May 5-7 in Costa Mesa, CA).
I will be there all weekend, while Allison will be there only on Saturday.
Also, the last two strips have been re-processed to get the sepia toning right.
I am seeking suggestions for who or what should be the subject of the next donation gift wallpaper.
You can send your idea through the comment page
or email it to email@example.com.
The sepia toning of today's strip is a little different because GIMP (the GNU Image Manipulation Program)
was used for the final processing
instead of Photoshop. I'm out of town as the Game Developers Conference, and my PowerBook doesn't have Photoshop
on it. The result is close enough for now...
Update - Switched to Photoshop version - compare the results here.
Who's Talking Now: Posts here will now indicate whether Joe or Allison is speaking.
Strip Number: For those who want to comment on or (harangue about) a particular strip, the number
of each strip is now displayed at the bottom of the page.
Some of you may have wondered why the cover art and the manual for Wyrmkeep Entertainment's
re-release of Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb is different from the original release.
Well, the cover art and parts of the manual were directly paid for or generated by the original
publisher. Wyrmkeep Entertainment only acquired those rights owned by the original developer,
The Dreamers Guild. (That was the most important part, the software :)
Recently a draft of the manual was discovered in our archives, which can be used to determine
what parts of the manual were written by The Dreamers Guild and so reprintable by us.
Allison battled through her cold and produced this week's strip just a little late.
We will be selling Inherit the Earth merchandise (computer game, music CD, prints, etc.) at
these upcoming conventions:
• Further Confusion, Jan. 20-22, Doubletree Hotel, San Jose, CA
• Anime Los Angeles, Jan. 27-29, Airtel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys, CA
Allison Hershey, the artist behind the comic strip, will be attending the cons (although
only confirmed for the Saturday at both events).
Below are thumbnails of some of the prints we'll be selling. They should be available
for purchase online in February.
We are providing links to a couple of good causes for this holiday season.
The first is Child's Play, a charity which provides video games and
consoles to childrens hospitals in the US, Canada and the UK. The second is a link to a site that lists organizations
that help to find good homes for sick, injured and abused Pug Dogs.
One pug that already has a good home is Winnie, Allison's dog.
The Wyrmkeep Entertainment Co. will be selling games, guides and other goodies at two upcoming conventions:
• Conifur Northwest, Oct. 20-22, Sea-Tac, WA
• Midwest Furfest, Nov. 18-20, Schaumburg, IL
Please visit our table at in the Dealer's Room. We will have some special items that we will only be selling at these conventions.
There will be no new strips for a few weeks while we are on vacation. The next new strip will probably
appear on August 23. Also, new sketches will not be posted for a few weeks after this Friday's illustration.
Both Allision Hershey (the strip's artist/co-writer) and Joe Pearce (co-writer) will be attending
the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Scotland from 8/4 to 8/8. They will be appearing on a number
of panels at the con -- here are their schedules:
- 8/5 Friday 11:00am Digital Dreams
- 8/6 Saturday 2:00pm Trouble in Tri-D
- 8/7 Sunday 1:00pm Collaborating Magic
- 8/5 Friday 11:00am Game Design: You've Read It, Could You Play It?
- 8/7 Sunday 5:00pm Getting a Game from Idea to Marketplace
- 8/8 Monday 2:00pm SF and Computer Games
We would like to thank everyone who visited our table at Califur.1. It was good to hear from those that
were already following the strip, and we enjoyed spreading the word to both existing fans of the original game and
others who discovered Inherit the Earth for the first time. We would also like to thank
Robert McNally, one of the co-designers of the game, for helping
out on Friday.
Today we present the introductory comic strip in a new serialized story that takes place
in the lands first introduced in the computer game Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb.
In the following weeks we will acquaint you with Rif the Fox and his companion Rhene, their fellow Morph
-- some old friends, others new -- and an emerging threat to their society.