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Okay, this is the first "critique" I've tried. I figure you (Gordon-Dashinvaine) know my own artistic trends well enough to take everyt...


Just a note here to let anyone who wants to know: I started work on Demon's Due again tonight. I've got 9 more days without interruption and grad school winding down to completion after that, and it's time for the next big surge through both the Twisted Plot revision and Web of Betrayal. So, if you're interested, watch this space. =)

Now Available at an Amazon Near You

Rats in the Cellar, Part 2 can be purchased at here:…

Rats in the Cellar Part 2 by collared-by-faile  Rats in the Cellar Part 2 Bonus Image 1 by collared-by-faile

As with Rats, Part 1, availability at will follow soon, while has yet to carry Rats, Part 1. There are eight bonus images, one of which was inspired/demanded by Tim's narrative (really delicious). =) At 158 pages, it's thicker than Part 1, too, and full of "naughty bits."

Buyer's Comments

"[I]f you look for a fantastic gift for Christmas...this is it!"…

"For me, the artwork and the narrative put me ringside to the fight more so than any other story has."


"The expansion and elaboration of the text by the author, Timothy Magnussen, is as important a factor in the success of this chapter as the images are. He has taken the bare bones of the original captions and fleshed them out with detail, emotion and nuance that marry perfectly with the artwork to make this a truly exceptional example of the perfect balance of line and word. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and they're already damn good by themselves." Both are from the Amazon page reviews:…

Also Available at an Amazon Near You

Rats in the Cellar, Part 1 can be purchased at here:…

and on here:…

Regarding Amazon. ca (Canada), a fellow deviant looked into it and left this comment below:…

Here are some images from collared-by-faile ‘s recent postings about it.

Rats in the Cellar Part 1 is ready to purchase! by collared-by-faile          Rats in the Cellar Part 1 interior image by collared-by-faile

A quick FAQ for those who might have questions about it.

*Why “Part 1”? Why break the chapter into two parts? Perfect-bound paperback books like this have a tendency to split down the spine if they are very thick; I’ve split many myself. So we made it thin to be more durable, and also because it will make it easier to publish each chapter given the effort it takes to put such a thing together. Rats in the Cellar, Part 2 is already in the stages that Part 1 was in last March, and we have our processes down a lot better now, having completed this one.

*Why so expensive? Twenty dollars seems high for only half a chapter. Yes, I guess that’s true. If we had gone for lower quality images we could have cut the price to about $10 per book, but the difference in appearance was too great. As it is, the artwork in the $20 publication looks about 75%-80% as good as the images that I’ve posted here, and I reworked all of them so that they looked as good as possible when printed on paper. Then we opted for full-color printing on appropriate paper, and that raised the minimum price to $17.05. We raised the price to $19.95 for one reason: other books in the storyline will come out a bit thicker with a minimum price around $19 by our calculations, and we don’t intend to charge over $19.95 for any of them. In fact, we intend to charge $19.95 for each book that comes out, no matter how low a royalty that gives us. At $19.95, we stand to make about $1.70 for each one, and given how things are looking in the storyline, that’ll be the biggest royalty we’ll get in the whole run.

*Will there be a digital version available? Yes, there will. When Rats in the Cellar, Parts 1 and 2 are both published, we will work on releasing a digital e-book of one kind or another that includes all of both parts. We’ve been looking at options for that for a while, and we’re still looking. Part of the problem is that to include artwork that is the main feature of the storyline, Kindle doesn’t work all that well. The best option at this point is a pdf, but we’re looking for something that isn’t quite so easy to distribute illegally, because, let’s face it, I don’t want to spend even one minute worrying about that kind of thing. But I do have a vested interest in the market economy and in particular (you can even buy food there!). So, if you have ideas, please send me a suggestion. Also, in the digital version I hope to include the alternative narratives that were provided by interested writers a few years ago, assuming they’re still interested, along with an audio reading of the official narrative by someone who has a nice, sexy reading voice (NOT me…).

*So, what do I get for my $20? The narrative is really cool. Timothy Magnussen, who provided it, gave Valerin, Albert, Deirdre, Anna, and even the gremlins interesting, distinct voices and characterizations. All 9 Prologue images and 4 tribute images I’ve posted here are there, along with three new storyline images that aren’t posted here on dA. The cover, seen in the images above, is really pretty nice, if I say so myself.

*Is the book just like the images and story posted on dA? Very close, but the narrative is much, much better, and then there are the three new images I added to it as well. Plus, I edited the images to reduce the inconsistencies in Valerin’s armor (elbow pads, or no elbow pads?, studs on the armor, or no studs on the armor?). Also, dA viewers should note that some of the content that has been avoided to keep up with dA’s posting standards has been included in the publication. In the Rats chapter, that’s not an issue, but the nudity and sexuality of the storyline do get more explicit as things progress, and both the hardcopy publications and digital versions will not pull those punches (as it were) like was done for dA. Viewers need not be concerned that pages upon pages of rat-men having sex with cat witches will suddenly show up, but the images that currently do exist on dA will be included without censoring of any kind, and sexual material will be present here and there. Again, for Rats, there’s no real difference. For later chapters, there will be.

*Do you really think you’re going to make any money off of this deal? Who the hell is asking this one? That’s never been my concern, nor my goal. I make money teaching Math and Stats. I draw and tell stories because I love to do so. Here I’m telling a story that I love to tell. If you want it in your hands, get it and enjoy. If not, don’t. All I ask is that if you do get it, and you like it, please leave some feedback on the Amazon page and/or let me know what you think of it in a note here on dA.

Regardless, my thanks to all who have been interested in this and left me comments and notes and praises and favorites and such to indicate this. You’re all the best. =)

  • Listening to: The Amazing Spiderman Theme (Hans Zimmer)
  • Reading: The Ice Limit (Preston and Child)
  • Watching: Six Feet Under and Big Bang Theory
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
  • Eating: Lots of Nectarines
  • Drinking: Redd's and Jack Daniels (not mixed)


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Current Residence: Western U.S.A.
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Favourite cartoon character: Wile E. Coyote
Personal Quote: "Dammit."


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smcilven Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I don't leave a lot of comments, but wanted you to know that I have just ordered Rats 1 and 2 from Amazon UK. I am absolutely loving your artwork. I hope that the continuing chapters will also appear in print sometime.
Tanks608 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
hey is all alright? you have kinda disappeared lately and you are usually quite active.
faile35 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015   Traditional Artist
It's all good! Thanks for the concern. I'm just finishing my final projects for the semester (only one class left), but I'm still drawing all the time and so when I start posting again, it'll be a flood. :nod:
studentofrhythm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think you're like the Chuck Schuldiner of bondage art.
Orphydian Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

You might want to join our group

ElvenRaptor Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2015
I'm curious, I've just started replaying Yahtzee's Chzo Mythos, and there are a small handful of notable similarities between it and Demon's Due. Was Chzo Mythos a minor influence?
faile35 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
Hmm. I've never even heard of that, so I'd have to say, "No." But, having looked it up on Wikipedia, it does seem like the range of characters encountering different aspects of a malevolent force is a familiar theme. :nod:
ElvenRaptor Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
I was just curious. You started work on Demon's Due around the same time the Chzo series was at the height of its popularity, so I thought you might have been loosely influenced by it. That's all.

While the protagonists of the Chzo Mythos don't have much better luck than yours' do, the end results tend to be a bit more... gruesome.
faile35 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015   Traditional Artist
I wasn't offended in the least by the question or suggestion. =D Also, if there had been an influence, I certainly would share it. :salute:
snakeprey Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Any idea when coils of fate will be continued - a shame to leave a girl halfway down a 'snake'!
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