A suicidal young man and a mysterious necromancer try to take down the sorcerer-king who has, they say, subjugated the realm of death. Thanks to Sonya Taaffe, Marissa Lingen, Coniraya, Keilexandra, Sam Ashwell, Yune Kyung Lee, and Rachel Brown. Dedicated to Rachel Brown. Published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Aug./Sept. 2009.
The two main characters originated as parodies of characters from the anime Gundam Wing. The necromancy system came partly from reading up on traditional 2D animation. I don’t draw well enough to make a credible animator, but I did have fun playing with flash and LivingCels once upon a time. It may or may not be an accident that the technology behind LivingCels was called “skeletal strokes,” using B-splines.