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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...


Twisted Plot, Part 1 can be purchased here…
or here…
or here

Twisted Plot, Part 1 Cover Image by faile35

A few details about this publication.

* It's 164 pages in length (Rats in the Cellar, Part 1 was 134 pages, and Rats in the Cellar, Part 2 was 158 pages ).

* It contains 7 bonus images (Rats in the Cellar, Part 1 had 3 bonus images, and Rats in the Cellar, Part 2 had  6 bonus images).

* The adult content included in the bonus imagery is... much more "adult" than in the previous volumes. In collared-by-faile 's words, "It's steamy."

* The narrative is roughly 14,500 words in length (Rats in the Cellar, Part 1 had a narrative around 10,250 words long, and Rats in the Cellar, Part 2 had a narrative around 12,500 words long ).

* The narrative in this offering is the best of these first three publication in the opinion of the writer, artist, and editor.

* As we've watched the publications over the past year, we've seen Amazon's minimum list price drop a few $$$ from the initial listing, then slowly creep back upward. For those who acquire it from Amazon, we will be getting a royalty of 87 cents ( $.87 ) on each purchase. For those who acquire it from Createspace ( ), we get a royalty of $5.27. I don't think Createspace sells or ships outside of the U.S.A., nor does their price drop as does that on .

* Since has not yet listed either Rats 1 or Rats 2 for purchase at this time, (but they do have Rats in the Cellar: The Old and the New available ) it will likely be a year before this publication can be acquired there.
  • Listening to: Linus and Lucy (Peanuts Theme)
  • Reading: Twisted Plot, Part 1
  • Watching: Leverage
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
  • Eating: Lots of Nectarines
  • Drinking: Redd's and Jack Daniels (not mixed)


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Personal Quote: "Dammit."


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WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
I just picked up my Rats in the Cellar books from the post office. :D
faile35 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
=D Well, thank you for the purchase, and I hope you enjoy them! :nod:
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
I finally broke down and purchased those and the Sunstone books from:   - If you haven't seen that series, it's very good. The author/artist is very good at getting into the heads of his characters, and there is always a solid injection of humor although it's designed as a love story/drama.
faile35 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Oh yeah. I've seen some of those, and they are very enjoyable. I think I've got them on my Amazon wishlist as well. And they do seem to smile a lot. :nod:
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scottcoutts Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Hi, I love your work, amazing quality.  Is there an easy way to know when you've updated a story or started a new one?  Thanks!
faile35 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you! Generally I try to keep a journal entry up that lets people know what I'm currently working on or posting. Also, if you go to my featured gallery (… ) I try to keep the more recent images added to the storyline towards the top of that. Web of Betrayal (the chapter after Bookbinding) is about to start up--probably with the beginning of July, or maybe a day or two before. =)
artlover1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Great stuff!
faile35 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks a bunch! =)
kushanz Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015

You have some serious stuff!  I wish I good enough to write some rpg supplements (for D&D etc) and hire you to do the art, because your stuff has a clarity and realness that I think a lot of fantasy art lacks.  It has a very grounded feel, like it actually could be happening.  The sequences are like finely done storyboards for a movie. 

If you don't mind I am going to use some of the more neutral scenes and characters (aka non-bondagey!) as props for my players.  Nothing published, or online, just handed out prints to use as game settings.  I like props as they provide fun context and make the game world more real and fun for the players.  (not sure if are a D&D player or not.)

You have a real gift.  I wish I did something as well as you do your art. 

Allen  K.
faile35 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you, Allen. I got a lot of my early artistic vision from Dungeons and Dragons inspired works, most notable among them "Down in the Dungeon" by Don Greer and Rob Stern, published by Squadron Signal in the early 80s. Reducing the frame-by-frame images down to each place where a "die roll" would need to be thrown for a check/resolution set the stage for the Rats in the Cellar fight scene, and most such scenes thereafter, so the "move storyboard" impression makes sense. :nod: And I don't mind you using the images for such a worthy cause--I hope it's fun for you and all! =D

Thanks again.
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