Indistinguishable From Magic Avatar

20 Notes

Did Kaito make Kim's eye? Balthazar points it out as being of higher quality than her arm, which got me thinking about where it came from. Also, Leviathan's mask seems to change shape somewhat, particularly the eyes, from panel to panel. Is this just artistic liberty to show expressions, or is it actually made to change shape somehow (with dark science or otherwise)?

Asked by thomas0co

Kim made all of her own prostheses. Balthazar only comments on the quality of the eye, he doesn’t ever actually see any of her other parts. His inference that her limbs must be less human-looking ended up being correct, but just because something isn’t human-looking doesn’t mean it’s of a lower quality.

13 Notes

Since the new (and absolutely beautiful) page of Dark Science was published, I went back and read the entire storyline, paying extra attention to all the little details I'd missed before, when I hit #32. The figure in the bottom panels of the vision/dream; is it some version of Kim? I assumed so, but if it's a future version, how did she grow her upper left arm back? Or is this some sort of cyclical event that's happened before, and she's seeing the past version?

Asked by colefrehlen

It certainly looks like Kim, but who knows? As for when it’s occurring, it’s definitely the past, not the future.

16 Notes

Is Alisa Caspar aware that her son is a Dark Scientist? Also, did Dark Science originate from the Nephilim?

Asked by Anonymous

Good question! It’s a shame she was taken away before he was unmasked.

As for the origins of Dark Science, from what we’ve seen so far, the Dark Scientists themselves do seem to date as far back as the time of the Old War and the Nephilim. I’d say it’s not unreasonable to connect the two.

294 Notes

Playing the long game.

30 Notes

Assuming that Balthazar Melchior and Caspar are named after the three Kings from the Nativity, why did you decide to make them all white? Obviously Dark Science isn't going to be a 1 for 1 retelling of the story of Christ but I'm wondering what your thought process was.

Asked by theyweremonsters

Caspar is based on Ayn Rand and Melchior is based on Fritz Rasp, both for very specific reasons. The naming convention of the three magi isn’t the only thing informing the character decisions. There are people of color in DS, but those three just happen to not be among them.

I actually had initially intended to make Balthazar brown, but at the time worried that people might confuse him with Coffee Shop Guy from Hob. In retrospect, that was pretty stupid of me.

62 Notes

Do you get frustrated, after working on the same storyline for so long, that this part of the story isn't finished yet? Have you started planning/writing the next chapter in Kim's life? How far in advance do you plan these things out? Do you know how/where her story ends yet?

Asked by Anonymous

It can be incredibly frustrating. I wrote Dark Science years ago at this point. It’s specifically frustrating when I’m excited to talk about one point in the story, but I know it’s not going to be revealed for months. I haven’t explicitly planned out Kim’s “next chapter,” partly because the way Dark Science ends, the status quo is shaken a lot more severely than what happened at the end of Hob.

All that aside, once I get the Patreon up and can afford a site restructuring, I’d like to update smaller one-shot comics while Dark Science is still going on. I think that would basically be the ultimate, invincible Final Form of Dresden Codak.

346 Notes


Dark Science #33 - Light and Dark
Things do not look good.

30 Notes

where exactly would the story be located if located on our actual version of earth?

Asked by cafenerd

The geography is a little weird, but basically Kim was originally living in the Pacific Northwest, and Nephilopolis is probably somewhere over Colorado or Utah.

Mind you, the names of states may be different, or even non-existent.

88 Notes

How important do you find building colour palettes to be in your work? Do you build pre set ranges for spaces/characters/places/moods or do you find it easier to paint entirely in the moment?

Asked by b-katherine

Oh I plan the hell out of my colors. 80% of my painting time is just me stressing over whether I picked the right colors. I have tons of pre-set palettes for different locations and types of pages. Every scene, interaction, and character is color-coded. I’m incredibly anal about why someone’s shirt has to be blue or why two locations must have complementary color schemes, even if they don’t intersect.

I’ve learned that this type of attention to detail isn’t all that important to readers, but it’s one of those things that I just *have* to do because I’m me.

63 Notes

Would you suggest that I start with Dresden Codak and work my way into Dark Science or would starting with Dark Science make no different to both plot lines?

Asked by emberjams

I’d start here and then just go chronologically

When you’ve caught up to the latest page of Dark Science, then I’d recommend going and starting at the beginning of the archives. I’ve found this is currently pretty much the best way to introduce new readers to the comic!