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I'm excited to finally get to work on a short comic series featuring my tiger and rat characters, Linan and Jeckle. Although this is primarily a personal project to re-examine a world that I left behind, I am sharing it because I think that a few other people may be able to enjoy it as well.

Because this comic will be mainly textless, with one possible planned exception, it may prove to be difficult to follow. If you find that this is the case for you, feel free to ask questions, or draw your own conclusions. Some information will be listed below, and I will also be answering any frequently asked questions in the FAQ section.

I hope you enjoy Pull Down Heaven! :)



INFORMATION

Synopsis: A tiger and a rat combine their talents to escape from an abandoned research facility and the manufactured lives that they have lived.

Genre: Science fiction/fantasy

Content Warning: Blood and violence, possibly ideologically sensitive

Themes: Rejection of societal norms, coming into one's own power, acceptance of love at all costs

Setting Notes: The majority of the comic takes place in an enormous abandoned research and industrial facility which has, over its many years centuries of human vacancy, developed its own ecosystem and animal civilizations. It is loosely based on a place that I used to work, and the characters correspond to people that I knew in real life. In some ways, this is a heavily idealized autobiography.

Miscellaneous Notes: The title of the comic is derived from the Blue October song "The Sound of Pulling Heaven Down."



F.A.Q

1. How long will the comic be?

At present time, I am estimating 100-120 pages. This is subject to change, of course.


2.What will the frequency of posting be?

I'm hoping to be able to post a page every 1-2 weeks, but I can't promise I will always be able to meet this goal.


3. What is the name, gender, and age of the tiger character?

He is a male tiger. His name is Linan, and he is a cub at the beginning of the comic. There is a jump in time after his prologue; when he meets the rat, hw is a young adult.


4. What is the name, gender, and age of the rat character?

She is a female rat. Her name is Jeckle, and she is a young adult when her story begins.


5. What language is Pull Down Heaven written in?

Although most of the creatures in Pull Down Heaven speak their own species-specific (and sometimes location-specific) language, most of them can still communicate with one another through basic sounds and body language. This rudimentary communication is displayed in the form of symbols or drawings to illustrate their basic nature. When a character is speaking within hearing range of another creature who can not understand the language that is being spoken, the text will be portrayed as gibberish. However, when two characters are speaking the same language to one another, English will be used to represent their shared language.


6. What is the significance of the flowers/ring/tiger's injury?

These are plot points and will be revealed during the course of the story.


7. How do you use red wine in the creation of this comic?

I have a tutorial on how I use red wine here: Wine Painting: Step-by-Step by MoonsongWolf


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Supplemental Information and Concepts

Golems by MoonsongWolfBrotherhood Cabal Sketches by MoonsongWolfVesperian Language Analysis by MoonsongWolf OuroborosIt was obvious that Scratch didn’t belong.
For starters, his coat colour was all wrong. With the exception of Ned, who possessed a rather handsome coal-black layer of fur, every rat in the laboratory was a sparkling, immaculate white. Scratch was the same dirty grey as the neglected piping runs outside. Secondly, he was young. The others, even Ned, were all quite old. Hyram, the leading rat and often simply called “the Admiral,” was jokingly said to be immortal.
It was also obvious that most of the other rats did not appreciate his presence. After all, they belonged, and he did not. They had been born and raised in this laboratory, the most prestigious analysis and research facility of all. Scratch was… well, no one cared to even ask which laboratory he had come from. It didn’t matter, after all, because there was no other laboratory in the world like this one.
In fact, Scratch would not have even moved to the laboratory if Ned hadn’t requested a re
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Zoba22 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I understand much more. Mmm ... Is it possible that love will emerge in this comic?onion head "smug" 
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
I do believe that might just happen! :heart:
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Zoba22 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY!!!! 8D
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Gismome7Nightmary Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
I really love this comic! The art you've done in it is so beautiful xD
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Aw, thank you! I'm really glad that you have enjoyed it so far. :)
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TigreMeri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Artist
Lo publicaras en forma de libro??? Es decir, habrá un libro en venda?
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Penguinity Featured By Owner May 16, 2014   General Artist
I'm so glad I found this! :D You just gained another reader! 
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Oh, thank you! I'm glad that you have enjoyed it so far. I'm hoping to get the next page finished in a day or two. I had to take a brief hiatus for some medical issues, but now I;m really looking forward to getting back to work on it. :D
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I've told you before how much I love Pull Down Heaven, but I firmly believe you can't get too much praise for this. =) It's still beautiful and touching, and if you ever finish (since you have a looot of work ahead, haha) and publish it, I'd be thrilled to have a copy in person. :3 Here's hoping, and keep doing what you're doing, you fantastic creature.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm glad that you are enjoying Pull Down Heaven... I have certainly had a lot of fun working on it! I'm hoping that, starting next month, I will have more time to work on pages (or even art in general). So with luck, I will be able to get pages finished more frequently than every other month. Thank you for sticking with me! I really appreciate your support and patience. :hug:
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The13thBlackCat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope so too, but hey, it's worth the wait if I still have to wait a couple months for every page. X3

Also, I want you to know I kind of squeaked and went all blushy when you watched me, and now I feel like I have to clean up my gallery. =P
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TigreMeri Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Artist
It's in spanish too?
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Not yet. A lot of the language so far isn't supposed to be understood, so there's not a way to translate it.
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
when this is finished and your selling publications, i'll have to get one
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I would be totally honoured! :D Ha ha, if I ever finish it, that is... Maybe in another three or four years!
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ZombieHun Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i'll save up for the grand art book that you release :D
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Pokermind Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Just strted, fantastic! must follow!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :)
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Dragons-And-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I picked up on the comic a while ago as I really loved that you painted with wine! I know some artists paint with cofee/tea and I didn't think this was possibleee but it looks great.

I love your anatomy and style you clearly show an understanding of how animals behave and an accuracy to anatomy is fantastic. I love how you posiion characters at different hardly before used angles.

I have to say when I first started reading it I was quite confused as I wasn't sure what was going on but now that I have read this it all makes sense I was right the first time thinking that you were using symbals to display languege which I think is pretty clever I never see that in a comic and its nice for an animal based comic. I now find the comic easier to follow now I understand how to read it.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad that you have enjoyed the comic so far, even if it isn't the easiest thing to read/decipher. Ha ha, I will actually be introducing readable speech soon, as the main characters get to know each other, so hopefully that will help a bit. Although I will still try to incorporate symbols from time to time for new concepts. I have had so much fun with them, I don't think I could stop using them. :lol:
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Dragons-And-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww I was getting used to the symbals they are fun to read some of them are plainly obvious which makes me laugh when I figure them out. Its nice read a different comic ^__^
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Kapalsky Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I just discovered your comic, and I think your work is AWESOME. The incredible dedication visible in the artwork and the very-well thought narrative are impressive.
I hope it will be published in the near future, it has the potential to be a great classic!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thank you for the kind words! I'm really glad that you have enjoyed it so far. I really love working on it, so hopefully I will stay dedicated enough to finish it (even if the updates are a bit slow). :)
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oOSairenOo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Obra maestra *-*
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FyrnShadowstar Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you mind if I make a slide show of this page by page? I can keep it for myself or I can post it on YouTube. Whichever you prefer.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Oh, I don't mind at all! In fact, I would be honoured. I don't mind if you post it online as long as I'm credited. :)

(Sorry for the horribly late reply, by the way. Between work and moving houses, I haven't been online much lately)
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FyrnShadowstar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is ok. My reply is even more horribly late. Coolness.
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Mirrixor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I do wonder, what kind of paper do you use? Do you think it is important to use a special kind of paper for a comic, or do you think it does not matter, as long as it is nice paper to work on? Because they do also sell these comicpaper stuff, but I don't know about that.. What do you think? :3
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
I use Strathmore Bristol vellum for "Pull Down Heaven" and Strathmore Bristol smooth for "Soldier." I think any paper will pretty much work, as long as you choose a paper finish and quality that is appropriate for whatever medium you are working in. For example, watercolour paper would work perfectly fine for a comic that is coloured in ink or watercolour.

I can't really testify as to how well that special comic paper works. I honestly can't imagine that it's much better than other nice paper as far as the paper quality itself is concerned, but perhaps it helps to compose and align the panels? Sorry, I'm not familiar enough with it to know it's pros and cons. I would recommend looking up the specific brand online to see if anyone has reviewed it! That way, you could get an idea about how other people that have bought it have liked it. :)

(By the way, sorry for the late reply. My internet connection was down for a while, so I'm really behind in checking my messages.)
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Mirrixor Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the advise. I really appreciate it that you responded and I will surely keep your words in mind ^^

I don't know neither if the comicpaper is good or not. I just saw it once in a book about the making of comics, but I was not sure about it. But seeing how wonderfull your comic is, without the use of such materials, makes me wonder if it is not just another market for earning money..

And don't mind about the late respond, I already thank you for answering me :hug: And with al those electronic stuff, there is always a chance that something does not work the way it should be ;3
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EdgeOfDestruction Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I saw the whole comics but i do not understand the language!!!!! is it alright to ask if what is the language!? cause it'll be great if i can translate it to English, i can not understand thing if i don't know what people are talking about! oh and i loved the vision of it!!!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
It's not supposed to be readable, so there is no English translation for the text. If you scroll down to question #5 on this FAQ, it explains why the languages are portrayed as they are. :)
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EdgeOfDestruction Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh!!! ... Yay!!!! i can imagine my own version of their conversation!!!! hahahaha!
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tmulcahy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's quite a story so far. I'd love to have the whole thing as a complete graphic novel.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thank you, I'm glad that you are enjoying it so far! Hopefully it will one day be finished... it's been a lot more work than I expected, that's for sure. :)
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tmulcahy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Anything worth doing usually is.
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Nikkigamer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Writer
this pretty interesting!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Nikkigamer Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student Writer
no problem!
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honeyiro Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been wanting to start a comic traditionally as well. From what I can tell, even the panels are hand drawn. May I ask, what do you use to upload these pages? Do you just use a high quality scanner? or do you take a picture?
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Yes, everything is hand-drawn! I actually find it easier to do it traditionally than digitally, because it's easier (for me, at least) to keep all of the page sizes and layouts relatively consistent. I scan all of my pages using a Canon LiDE scanner. It's pretty good, but I still have to do some tweaking in photoshop to get the scanned image to match the original, as it tends to under-saturate yellows and mute the shading. If you are really, really good with a camera, I hear that you can get better results from a photo than from a scan. I have never had much luck with photographing my work, though, so I stick with the scanner!

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)
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white-tigress-12158 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I just discovered this comic, its beautiful! I feel in love instantly. ^_^ Total Watch!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Thank you! I'm really glad that you liked it. :)
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white-tigress-12158 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I do, and I'm looking forward to more!
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Affyre Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I swear, this is one of my favorite comics, hands down (or paws for that matter).

I love how you convey emotions of the animals without using 'words'. And the fact that they can comunicate through body language is such a great concept!

I'm a total sucker for this comic and I hope you keep up the good work!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Thank you for the kind comment! I'm really glad that you have been enjoying this so far. I will try not to disappoint with it in the future. :)
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Affyre Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Your ever so welcome! I'm sure I'll fall even more in love with the comic as the plot thickens!

And I'd doubt that you would disappoint, you are such a good artist as well as a writer!

The only way you could disappoint me (as well as other readers) wsa if you ended the series in a horrible way, or stopped drawing the comic altogether!

As I said before, keep up the good work!
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donatien1740 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this comic of yours.
One question: Will there be a book release? So one can buy it. Or will you just post it here for everyone for free :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Thanks, I'm glad that you like it! :) Right now, I don't have any plans to publish this. It is something I might consider in the future, though. Regardless, it will be available online to read for free!
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kapieren Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is such an interesting work I would totally purchase if you finished and published!
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