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Empire of Feathers by ursulav Empire of Feathers by ursulav
This is not a comic book that will ever exist.

My latest children's book in progress--Dragonbreath 2, slated for publication by Penguin Dial in Spring 2010--had a throwaway line about the hero reading a comic series called "Empire of Feathers" which is described as being "about an alternate universe where birds ruled the world, and it was dark and gritty and had lots of battle scenes and intrigue and poisonings and magic, and a clan of rooster assassins that wore cloaks made of their victim's feathers."

I have no time to do such a comic, but if I did, this is what it would look like.


ETA: Owing to a seriously awesome editor at Dial, this page will actually appear in Dragonbreath 2. She's so good to me.
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:iconmischanneii:
Mischanneii Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have Dragonbreath 2 in my class.
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:iconprotey17:
Protey17 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Hahahah 
Evil Chickin = )) 
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:iconbrushtail-thegreat:
brushtail-thegreat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I credit you as an inspiration on my rooster themed piece, I think something like my pin would fit int hat world nicely.

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:iconmonstersandmayhem:
MonstersandMayhem Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Chicken nuggets, anyone? No?
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:iconk-a-s-m:
k-a-s-m Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010   Writer
that's great!

i can see the animated series tie - in already. maybe even a stop motion full length! you should do it if you ever get the chance.
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:iconanuralla:
Anuralla Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
these are just amazing *sigh*
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:iconsharpsarcasm:
SharpSarcasm Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Student Writer
I find myself mourning a comic that never was and never will be.
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:iconfinn-icky:
finn-icky Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
I love to read that comic!
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:icontouch-not-this-cat:
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Aww, cock-fighting is illegal anyway....
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:iconalexluna:
alexluna Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Well, now you have me interested. Thanks. (;))
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:iconoutside-the-box:
Outside-the-box Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
the next comic con success
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:iconbaka-wallaby:
baka-wallaby Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
That's pretty sweet. Fear the rooster.
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:iconabnormaltoonage:
abnormaltoonage Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
This is actually pretty epic and bad ass
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:iconzjoriz:
zJoriz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Woah, stylish and tense. Great storytelling.
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:icontodk:
TodK Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
goddamn amazing. way to raise the bar.
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:iconkth-dragon:
Kth-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Alas, for concepts undeveloped. I know you have a lot of stuff that demands your time, and your muse hates continuation, but I'd love to see more of this. It's as if someone's cooking Sin City next door while my own dinner's in the oven, and I'm smelling them together. It's a tasty prospect. :giggle:
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:iconriftmaw:
Riftmaw Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Gritty indeed. <3
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:iconskyefeather:
skyefeather Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
aaw, and i was wishing for more.
ah well, this looks amazing.
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:iconriotorange:
riotorange Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
i...was...so..excited. *hangs head and sniffles*
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:iconsleepdepjoel:
SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
I like how the day-birds are murdering the one associated with darkness.
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:iconstrigae-excandui:
strigae-excandui Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work :D
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:iconlanthir44:
Lanthir44 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Oooo, fascinating! Well, one page is better than nothing ever! (^__^)
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:iconoxtheii:
OXtheII Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
I say it should exist
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:iconqlorin:
qlorin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
I really hope one day you will have time to.
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:iconhymenomycotina:
Hymenomycotina Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It takes great talent to make a rooster look so intelligently evil.
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:iconwolves-and-computers:
oh I love it, rooster don't get enough respect, they can be dangerous animals.
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:iconcrabmuffin:
crabmuffin Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
That would be freaking epic if it did exist. >=D
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:iconthecheshirekat:
TheCheshireKat Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
lol, that is badass, and the story behind it is... aah! XD
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:iconneurotiker:
Neurotiker Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Birds are scary, especially raven. I guess the eyes are the reason.
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:iconburtonizedprincess:
BurtonizedPrincess Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
redwall...? T-T
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:iconricey:
ricey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Neat! That would be like having a cloak of your victims' hair though... it would be more gross than scary, but still pretty scary... anyway thats awesome.
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:iconamethyst42:
amethyst42 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Assamite Roosters, awesome!
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:iconbanditringtail3:
BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Creepy.
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:iconkeytan:
keytan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
MacChicken...thats all i'm gonna say dunn dunn duuuuuuun..."i'll have fries with that"
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:iconfirestorm-the-poet:
Firestorm-the-Poet Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
:giggle: Brilliant! :nod:
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:iconlillys-ash-princess:
lillys-ash-princess Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
AWESOME! I hope theres more coming ~!
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:iconagrafkak:
Agrafkak Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It ROCKS!!!
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:iconimaginarygoddess:
ImaginaryGoddess Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
zomg. That'd be the best comic ever.
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:iconshallowblue:
ShallowBlue Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I would love to read a comic like this :D
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:iconfarthingale:
Farthingale Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
That avenging rooster is hardcore.

You know, this would sell like spacekittens online were it created! I'm so taken by your use of the old heavily hatched (no pun intended!) shadowing style, the character looming out of darkness. And the bottom panels, with the slain dissolving into firey shades of blood has aquality of alternative animation to it (particularly the silhouette-oriented 70s styles).

Thanks for providing a flair for the odd and dramatic to today's watchlist!
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:iconjoellehart:
Joellehart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
People mentioning Frank Miller? Naw, I'd say it's more Mike Mignola's style.

J/K... Ursula, you are one of the most freshly creative and stylish artist I know of.
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:iconthe-wee-me:
the-wee-me Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
I would read it, a whole series of it even and be a fangirl. Sucks that you don't have time, but good luck with the book.
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:iconmakyui:
Makyui Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the stylization in this, and all the texture. The design of the chicken is really appealing, too; he's stylized, but very solid and believable. And... hell, there needs to be more art with chickens in badass positions.

They really are such dirty bastards.
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:iconburkeonthesly:
burkeonthesly Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
That is so great!
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:iconjjrparker:
JJRParker Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
nicely done :)
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:iconjinggo78:
Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
100% awesome. I would read that if you every made it. Though I will look for your book instead since you won't be doing this as a comic.

It's a cool stand alone image though for sure! Maybe someone could use it as a prompt to give them their own ideas of a comic/story. Not to copy you of course but if a bunch of people did something based on a single idea, the works produced by each person would be different.
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:iconingapinguin:
ingapinguin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
awesome :aww:
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:iconwewillneverdie:
wewillneverdie Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Please, don't ever make a comic BOOK about this; it's perfect as it is!
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:iconero98:
ero98 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
lol that would make a great comic
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:icondanboldy:
DanBoldy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That assassin looks like a right cock :P
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