robert wagstaff

An update a day early just cause, I like you guys and thank you for being supportive of the style change. It’s made things a lot more fun for me and I just feel better about it. So, thank you and here’s a page to celebrate. I will try to get back into routine of every Friday. Here’s to a new start.

Ehehe… I really shouldn’t be redesigning characters that I have given an established look in a comic but I’ll just be honest wanted to redo my version of Wagstaff. His other design was fine but I wanted a more mature and older look for him. He’s been around for awhile and while he is spry (reasons for that will be explained in time) he’s still has his years on him.

So here’s a test run. I rather like this look for him. Don’t have a lot of characters with beards so that was fun to play with. Got inspired by Sam Holt from Voltron: Legendary Defender so I looked to him for styling Robert’s hair. So… Yeh.

Bonus doodle of Winona running into her old boss. She was one of the best Robert had so they knew each other pretty well. Shocker to see each other considering the last time they saw each other was right before the factory burned down and… Stuff happened. You’ll find out in due time.

Down in the Underground

Down in the Underground

He could hardly wait to see her face when she saw their new home. It had taken a few weeks of work, from mapping out the area, to finding a place that would allow adequate light from above to trail in.

But it was done.

Their ceremony had been a fast affair, all too eager to finally seal the deal as it were.  

Andrea’s hand was held securely in his as he lead her down. Once they had gotten closer he had her close her eyes.

“You’re not peeking, right?”

“Robbie! Come now, you trust me right?”

Robert chuckled, squeezing her hand.

“I trust you. I don’t trust Sebastian.”

“WELL, NOW I’M WOUNDED!” His voice echoed from the shadows. Robert and Andrea laughed.

Robert fell quiet, leading her along until he arrived at their destination.

“Okay… Now!”

Andrea opened her eyes, a surprised look coming to them. It was a base like nothing she had ever seen before.

In the center was a house that resembled the one she had above ground. She could see light flowers curling like vines around it, illuminating it.

She looked upward, seeing it was also nestled in an area where natural light flowed in.

“Robbie…”

“That’s not all.” Robert grinned, leading her around to the back of the house. “Ta-da!”

There was a massive herb and flower garden in the back, forming a circle around a moon dial that looked as if it was carved out of moonlight with how it shone.

Large crystal geodes surrounded it as well, giving off their own faint glow.

“A proper moon dial for your moon scrying… A-And a proper circle garden to cast in. D-Do you like it?” Robert asked, a nervous look coming to his eyes. Andrea had her back to him, taking everything in.

Andrea turned to him, an overjoyed look in her eyes. She squealed, tackling him, hugging him tightly. Robert was surprised before he let out a laugh.

“I take it that’s a yes?” He asked as she peppered his head with kisses.

“THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!!!!” She laughed, nuzzling him.

Robert held his wife close, resting his head against hers.

“I’m so glad you like it my love. I just want you happy.”

“And I am. So very happy.”

“YA DID GOOD BROTHER IN LAW!” Sebastian screeched.

“And something for you.” Robert had a mischievous look as he reached over, uncovering a small stone den in the cave floor.

Sebastian scuttled over, looking at it.

“WOW. I GET ONE HOLE IN THE GROUND. You’re SOOO generous.”

“I mean I could just plant things-”

“IT’S MA HOLE.” Sebastian scurried in.

“I mean, now you can keep around when I have candles and stuff going without getting hurt by the lights.” Andrea pointed out with a giggle. Sebastian poked his nose out of the hole.

“It’sssss cozy.”

I think we’re gonna be just fine.

oooooo

“Alright, let’s see… That should do it.” Andrea sighed happily as she stirred the contents of the crockpot. “Robert’ll be starving when he gets back.”

“Ya mean more than usual?” Sebastian asked, swinging down from one of the rafters. Andrea poked his nose.

“Maybe. We’ll see. Mandrake soup’ll warm him up good though.”

“Ya, it better. After all the trouble that thing was!”

“MERP, MERP, MERP, MERP, MERP, MERP!”

“Guuuuh shut up, shut up!!!”

The siblings shuddered as Andrea stirred the pot a big more vigorously as if to ensure the strange plant creature was truly dead.

Let’s see… This should be fine to go for awhile.

She looked out the kitchen window into her garden, taking a second look when she noted some of the herbs had been disturbed.

… That’s not normal.

“Sebastian?”

He swung down next to the window, peering out.

“I ssseee disturbed stuff.”

“And Robert’s not the type to go through my garden without explicitly asking me if he can snip down one of the plants.”

“… I scream?”

“No scream. We sneak.”

Sebastian dropped from his perch, hissing as he scurried after his sister.

“You never let me have any fuuun!”

“Brother, contrary to what you believe, you are not a good alarm clock.”

They quietly crept out, Andrea with a spear in hand, Sebastian darting through the shadows. Andrea looked around, taking note of some tracks in the dirt.

They look… insectoid…  Great, we got big  bugs. As usual.

Nothing looked as disturbed as she thought. A few herbs snipped down but that was about it.

Strange.

Her eyes narrowed as she made her way for her moon dial, noting the water level had gone down as well.

Whatever was here, was sneaky.  Not a spider. Spiders are too dumb for this and they’re purely carnivorous.

Andrea kept scanning the area, keeping as quiet as possible, listening for any off sounds… That’s when she heard it. It was the sound of scuttling footsteps. They sounded like the footsteps of a spider but… yet there was a slight difference. A light scratching of claws.

She let her ears guide her to the source, seeing a shape walking around in the dark, their white eyes having a slight glow to them. Now she was certain it wasn’t a spider since there were only two eyes and not the eight eyes spiders were known for, not to mention these eyes were more human shaped and were set higher on whatever the creature was in the darkness.

She narrowed her eyes, gripping her spear tightly, taking a defensive stance.

“Sebastian, be a dear and bring ‘em into the light.”

Sebastian disappeared from her view before slinking into the shadows following the creature.

“SCREEEE!!!!”

The creature gave a scream of their own, scuttling faster, trying to get away as Sebastian gave chase. He had to dodge a few hits from their own weapon before the creature came into the dim light of the light flowers.

Andrea’s eyes widened at the sight of the creature. It was a human bug hybrid like creature. The top half was humanoid while the bottom half resembled that of a scorpion. They were red and tan in color and wore a pale green cloak along with a gold headpiece and were wielding a spear that was made of an odd stone.

“What the…?” She shook it off. “Who are you!? What are you doing in my camp?”

The creature stared back her, tilting their head. They spoke but Andrea couldn’t understand them. The dialect wasn’t any language she had heard before. Though from the tone of the creature’s voice they sounded a little scared.

“Easy, easy…” She hesitated before going a bit closer. “Can you understand me?”

The creature stared on, seeming to try and process what Andrea was saying and gave her a confused expression in response.

Andrea hummed in thought before snapping her fingers as she recalled a spell she had read once.

I remember Melinda used it a lot when traversing the human world. Should work here too.

She focused as she conjured up a string of energy as it came around them both, chanting in an old language. When it was done the string faded away.

“Can you understand me now?”

The creature blinked before nodding.

“Y-Yes-” They brought a hand to their throat. “What… is this tongue I am speaking?”

“English. It’s the tongue my people speak as well as my husband. What was yours?” Andrea asked with a head tilt of her own.

“T-Thulecitian.”

“Hm… I’ve not heard of that one.”

“I have never heard of English before either.” The creature came closer. “What are you exactly?”

“I was going to ask you the same thing. I’m a Shadow Being.”

“Shadow Being… So strange.” The creature looked closer. “Why are your ears so far out?”

Andrea flicked her ears a little.

“They’re just like that. May I ask what you are too?”

“I am a Thulecitian.” The creature answered. “The dwellers of the underground.”

“Fascinating. So, you’re the little sneak who’s been taking from my garden.”

“I needed water… and those herbs tasted yummy.”

Andrea took note of how they sounded, her gaze softening.

Must be just a kid… not worth being mad over, Besides, this is definitely interesting.

“I-I promise I won’t steal again. I-I’ll make it up to you.” The Thulecitian bowed. “O-On my apprentice’s honor.”

“Hey, it’s okay.” Andrea held up a hand. “No need to bow. Just ask if you need something. I don’t mind sharing now that I know you weren’t causing trouble. What’s your name, young one?”

“L-Laika…”

“Well, Laika, my name’s Andrea… and sorry for scaring you earlier.”

“That creepy thing was yours?”

“I AM MY OWN TERRORBEAK THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”

Laika shrieked, backing away and pointing their spear at Sebastian.

“S-Stay back fiend!”

Sebastian gave an unimpressed look.

“Oh, that’s real polite. Reeeaaal nice. Hmph!”

“Easy now.” Andrea grabbed her spear, making her point it away. “That’s my brother.”

Laika’s jaw dropped.

“THAT is related to YOU?”

“It’s a looong story.”

“I USED TO BE PRETTY.”

Laika blinked.

“You mean… You used to be a Shadow Being?”

“YEH. BUT I ANGERED A KING AND HE CURSED ME!”

“Oh…” Laika frowned. “I see… So even beings like you are susceptible to such a mutation.”

“King Maxwell doesn’t like us very much. Namely my brother here. He used to work for him along with his former archivist.” Andrea explained. “The details aren’t ours to tell but… it wasn’t pretty.”

“I let my anger get a hold of me.” Sebastian bowed a little. “Sorry kid!”

“I-It’s okay…” Laika looked to Andrea. “I w-will make things up though. I promise.”

“Hm… Well, if you do wanna help, know where I can get some cave bananas? Robbie found some a few days ago but someone…” She looked to Sebastian. “Ate them all.”

“Oh, I can find them! And hunt some splumonkeys!”

“I’ll pay you in a good meal of Mandrake Soup. Deal?”

“Deal!”

Laika scurried off without another word. Sebastian looked to Andrea.

“THISSS ISSS GONNA BE INTRESSSSSTING TO EXPLAIN TO ROBERT.”

“Indeed, but honestly I think he’ll be happy to know we have nice neighbors.”

oooooo

“Andrea! I’m home!” Robert called as he came in from his long trip of scavenging for materials around the caves.

“Welcome home love!” Andrea grinned hurrying over to help him unpack. “Find anything interesting?”

“You just want first dibs on the crystals.”

“Maybe~” She gave a sneaky look before he pulled her into an embrace. “Eeep!”

“C’mere you!” He chuckled, kissing her head. “Missed you. What’ve you been up to?”

“Weeell…” She grinned sheepishly. “I met the neighbors.”

“… Eh?”

Andrea nodded.

“A being called a Thulecitian. Young one too. She was scrounging around the garden. Took a minute to understand her but she offered to make up for the stealing.”

“Huh… Intriguing. What did they look like?”

Andrea conjured up shadow flames that took the shape of Laika as Robert’s eyes grew wide.

“Fascinating. Do you know if she’ll be back?”

“I sent them on a little errand so, soon probably. She got happy at the idea of hunting splumonkeys.”

Robert grimaced.

“I don’t blame her.”

“So, we shall see. For now, how does mandrake soup sound?”

Robert’s stomach growled.

“Sounds wonderful.”

“Right this way then.”

Andrea lead Robert out back, quickly getting him a serving before getting her own and sitting down with him. They ate in silence, enjoying the food. They soon heard the scuttling of footsteps.

“Andrea! I’m back!”

Andrea smiled as she saw Laika approach, a sack slung over her back.

Laika grinned back before curiosity came to her face at the sight of Robert.

“Who is this?” she asked, pointing her spear at Robert.

Robert yelped, grabbing for his wrench.

“This is my husband!” Andrea quickly got up. “Robert, this is Laika. Laika this is Robert.”

“Your ears…” Laika tilted her head. “… They’re so tiny.”

Robert rubbed one of his ears unconsciously.

“Honestly, they’re considered big for some humans.”

Laika blinked.

“Hoo… mon?”

“Yes. That’s what I am, a human being.”

“Hoomon being… I thought there were just Shadow Beings up there.”

Robert smiled, giving a sheepish look.

“I’m not exactly local.”

Laika’s eyes grew wide.

“Are… you from another world?”

Robert grinned, giving a bow as he stood.

“Robert Wagstaff of Earth.”

“Wow!” Laika was in awe of the man. “I… I have so many questions. Oh, wait till I tell my chief. He’ll be amazed to know about other beings living down here!”

There’s more?

Robert smiled gently.

“Actually… if you’d be willing, I’d love to see where you’re from. It’s my current task to map out these caves and make note of what lives down here. I’d love to know more if I may?”

“I’ll talk to my chief but I don’t think he’d mind.”

“Then we have ourselves a deal.” Robert held out a hand.

Laika nodded, giving his hand a shake.

“Indeed we do, Robert Wagstaff of Earth.”

He smiled.

“Please, just Robert, Ms. Laika.”

“Hee okay!”

“And as promised, I got food waiting for you Laika. If your still interested.”

Laika’s stomach growled as she grinned sheepishly, showing her pointed teeth.

“Starving.”

“Ah, rule number one broken!” Robert laughed.

“Rule one?” She asked with a head tilt.

“Don’t starve!”


oooooooo

*Deeeeep breath*

LOOK AT THIS PRECIOUS BUG CHILD.

That is all.

*slinks*

Ever since finishing my Creative Perspective class from this semester I’ve wanted to put the techniques I learned to work and well finally I did. I needed to sketch out Robert’s base and so, here we are. After much screen shooting and research I finally have a concept of his home. Nothing huge but it’s sturdy and works for him. He set up on a ruins biome that was pretty fragmented but secluded enough to be away from monsters of all kinds. So yeah, just sketching stuff. I’m really happy with these. Of course in final works I’d correct some of the perspective errors but over all I just love having the rough idea figured out.

So we have a top down view, then a front view, then a look to parts of the home. Yes there are two beds in this house. (Well three if you count Hutch’s little dog bed.) Who is to say Robert is completely alone? I’m not telling. Wait and see for yourself.

So yeah just rough stuff. Enjoy!

Storm Snippets: “Adjustments”

Adjustments

Robert wasn’t sure how he felt morally of ransacking abandoned camps. Camps that had clearly had someone living in them at some point, but long since deserted.

Technically he shouldn’t have needed half the things he did. But he didn’t want to trouble anyone in Andrea’s former village and he also didn’t want to keep asking things of Laika. The young huntress still had plenty of her own chores to attend to for her tribe. She didn’t need him asking to help him with supply runs.

This was also one of the few times he emerged from the darkness into the light of the day.

It had started because he noted there had been at least one attempt made by someone long ago in the caves to survive. Not much had been there. A fishing rod near a pond that was still in good condition, a tent that aside from a spider he had to bludgeon to death inside, was still perfectly usable and the fabric, while needing a good washing, seemed to be salvageable.

It escalated into a theory if there was one like this in the caves, then was it possible there was more on the surface. As grim of a theory as it was, it had bothered him.

So, with a warning to stay safe from his wife, he set out. Traveling through a snow covered land, bundled up in a cloak made of beefalo fur found from one of the camps he had raided.

He spent a few days on the surface, mapping out the trail leading from the cave entrance to where he was now.

The camp before him had clearly seen better days. There was a tent with claw marks through it and a large fire pire that hadn’t been lit in quite some time.

Robert took a deep breath before using his wrench to part the tent flap to be sure no one else was inside.

Like he had suspected, once more, it was empty. Part of him was relieved he wasn’t taking from someone who might’ve needed it… but he also felt a bit guilty ransacking it.

It looked worse on the inside. He could see an abandoned bed roll with dark stains on it. There was a chest off to the side too.

Robert took a glance outside to once more be sure he truly was salone before digging through it.

“Hm…” He pulled out what seemed to be medical supplies. Honey poultice, a container of healing salve… He pulled out a small box, opening it to find a set of scalpels gleaming up at him.

This camp must’ve been home to a psychician.

Judging from how torn up this place is, I don’t think he’d mind if I took these.

I may not be a doctor but I can handle basics. I can’t rely on the Thulecitans to suddenly be human anatomy experts.

He gathered up the tools, taking a mental note of what else he found. He sighed a bit, shivering as the wind picked up.

Tomorrow… He decided, I’m going home to my wife.

oooooo

“Alright, I think that’s the last one.” Andrea sighed in relief, counting the jars in front of her.

Living down in the caves, she had gotten quite adept at canning and preserving the things that grew in her garden.

Sebastian leaned over one jar, scrunching his face up as best as he could.

“Beanssss. Yaaaaay.” He hissed.

Andrea shoved him off the counter as he gave a shriek, flailing as if injured.

“Oh don’t be such a terror-chick.” Andrea crossed her arms, giving him a grin. Sebastian went limp, throwing his head back, letting his tongue hang out.

“Gooodbyyeee cruuueeel world. Remember meee!” He hissed. “Rose…. Bud.”

Andrea clapped slowly as he jumped up, taking a bow.

“Thaaank you, thank you I’ll be here all weeeek!” He scurried back up onto the table. “Screee!”

Andrea slid him the jar of beans as he looked at it as if offended. He turned his nose up at it, diving under the table into a dark corner.

“You big baby.” She dropped a tea towel on top of him as he poked his nose out.

“It'ssss keeping your mind off the hubby.” He replied, his tongue hanging out a little.

Andrea sighed a bit as she brought her arms around herself. She was still worried, her stomach twisting in knots sometimes when she thought of the possible dangers.

“Y-Yeah.”

Sebastian nuzzled her ankle before scurrying back into his hiding place.

The door opened as a chill came through the house.

“Andrea?” Robert called as she perked up, hurrying to meet him halfway. He was shrugging off his cloak, sighing in relief at being inside their home. He looked at her with an ecstatic look. “I’m home!”

She squealed, throwing her arms around him as he spun her around, laughing before they shared a brief kiss.

“Mm… Well, that’s quite the welcome.” Robert chuckled, pressing his forehead against hers. He still had a chill to his skin as she shivered a bit, bringing her arms around him.

“Oh, Robbie, you’re freezing! Sit, sit, by the fire!” She said before shoving him towards it as he let himself be moved.

“Yaaayyy brother in law isssss home!” Sebastian chirped, scurrying to another dark area.

“I am. Good to see you too Sebastian. Take care of Andrea while I was out?”

“Terror Beak Theater.”

Robert chuckled, rubbing his hands together in front of the crackling fireplace, sighing in relief as warmth came back to them. He looked behind him to Andrea as she laid a blanket around his shoulders before sitting nearby with his bag.

“You can look through it, just be careful. I need to clean quite a bit.”

Andrea peered inside. She pulled out the box of scalpels, taking a look before putting them away quickly.

“Well then.”

Robert shrugged.

“While I’m not a doctor, I can pick up first aid quickly and I’d rather be able to help if something were to happen. I thought it’d be good just in case.” He grinned sheepishly. “Call me overprotective but… I wanna make sure I can take care of you.” He looked to Sebastian. “And you, if you ever get changed back.”

“I vill NOT be your guinea pig!” Sebastian hissed.

“Guess I’ll just fill in your little hidey hole.”

Sebastian gasped sharply before scurrying out of the room.

“NUUUU!”

Robert chuckled, offering an arm to Andrea as she huddled close, curling up beside him. He brought an arm around her, stroking her shoulder as she slumped a bit against him.

“How’ve you been?” He asked, running a hand through her hair. Andrea curled up more until she was almost a ball and sharing the blanket fully with him. He adjusted it to keep it close around her.

“Cold.” She retorted. “And busy. I was preserving food or making sure it stayed preserved. Laika stopped by with Sanare and helped out. It was fun.” She yawned a little “Wish I wasn’t so stressed though.”

Robert frowned, feeling a pang of guilt.

“Oh, Andrea…”

“I worry… and my stomach was all up in knots.”

“Well, I’m home now. No more knots.” He ran his hand through her hair before stroking one of her ears as she let out a small purr.

“M'supposed to be taking care of you. How’d you turn this around?” She asked, her eyes closing as she nuzzled his hand.

“Because I love you.” He chuckled, kissing her head before shrugging off the blanket, wrapping her up in it.

“H-hey, I still have to make dinner-EEP!” She squeaked a little when he stood and lifted her up into his arms. “Robert!”

“I’m tired too. Let’s go take a nap.” He yawned a bit, carrying her to their room. Andrea wasn’t going to argue with that as she kissed his cheek.

He set her down before heading out of the room. She sat up, tilting her head, wondering where he was going off to. He soon appeared, munching on a piece of jerky, offering her one.

“.. No thanks.”

“Suit yourself.” He finished his snack before laying beside her, bringing her close.

Robert was the last to drift off, unable to help but watch his wife fall asleep. He still felt like he was in a dream that he feared he might awaken from.

oooooo

Over the next month or so, life went on as normal for them in the caves. Visiting the tribe or hosting young Thulecitians in their abode for meals, Sebastian and Andrea bantering as always…

Until something felt off.

Andrea usually was up first. She would dust her crystals and meditated in the glow of her candles or scry in her crystal ball. She had a whole routine dedicated to her craft for when she first rose with the sun.

He was used to hearing her whisper or softly sing spells as she did so. But one morning… It didn’t come.

Robert yawned, sitting up slowly, fumbling for his glasses. He slid them on, staring blearily at the clock he had made for them.

Andrea was beside him still, curled up on her side away from him. He shook his head, figuring maybe she had stayed up too late casting once more. Too much use of her abilities and she was exhausted.

He ran his hand through her hair, humming softly. Andrea’s ear twitched before she looked up at him, exhausted. She blinked slowly at him.

“Hey you… Morning.” He leaned over to kiss her head before she shook her head, pushing him away.

“No. You’ll catch it.” Andrea murmured, burying her face into her pillow, her response partially muffled by the action.

While she had tried to keep quiet - and her husband slept like a rock when he worked too long which he had, she had been sick all night, battling bouts of nausea between trying to get any form of sleep.

“Andrea, please tell me what’s wrong.” He pleaded gently. “What’s going on?”

Andrea sighed into her pillow, her hair splayed across it like a curtain before rolling over to face him.

“I think I caught something. I don’t want you sick either.”

Robert gave her a gentle look, feeling her cheeks and head. He noted she did feel a bit warm.

“Anything else?”

“Nausea… Really, really bad nausea. Like, ate a raw green cap piece by accident levels.”

Robert winced. He had been witness to that when they had been younger. He stroked her hair before getting up.

“Wait here.” He said over his shoulder.

Andrea sighed, trying to make herself comfortable.

“Can you make me some tea, please?” She called.

“When I’m done.”

“With what-No.”

He leaned back in, a few of his new tools in hand.

“I cleaned them and I have been studying I can’t very well drag a healer down here.” He gave her a gentle look. “I’ll be fast, promise.”

Andrea sighed, nodding.

“Besides your stomach Love, anything else going on?”

“My clothes were fitting a bit weird. More snug in some places.” Andrea added.

Robert nodded before listening to her abdomen, focusing on what he was hearing. Andrea watched him, concerned.

Alright, so far so good-Huh?

He blinked in confusion as he heard a new sound in particular. He closed his eyes, focusing on the sound.

It was tiny but it was so strong at the same time. A heartbeat.

“Andrea… I… I think I know what’s wrong.” He threw the stethoscope around his neck, a look of surprise on his face. Andrea sat up a little, giving him a worried look. “N-No, it’s not bad.”

“Robbie, tell me.”

He rubbed the back of his neck, a grin coming to his face.

“Andrea… I heard a heartbeat.” He laughed a little. “A very tiny heartbeat.”

Andrea’s eyes grew wide as her hands came to her mouth.

“Y-You’re not kidding?”

“No! I know what that sounds like. We're… We’re actually…” He brought her into his arms, peppering her head with kisses. “Oh my stars Andrea we’re having a baby!”

Andrea laughed, hugging him tightly, kissing his cheek in return.

“A little baby.” She wiped away a tear that threatened to fall, her eyes a bit misty. “We're… We’re having a baby.”

Robert nodded, his own eyes glassy.

They had wanted a family of their own, they just didn’t expect it to happen quite like this.

“This is really our life… Are we ready?” She asked softly.

“I… I have no idea. But we will be.” He assured her as she brought both hands over her abdomen. “And I’ll make sure you both are safe.”

She smiled giving a nod.

“Heh… A baby… What do you think Sebastian’s gonna think of this?”

“Heh, we’ll find out.” He chuckled, kissing her head again. “Now, you want that tea?”

“Mm-hm. More sleep and cuddling. Food later.”

Robert laid down with her, his arms around her, his hands resting over hers.

We’re really gonna do this. We’re going to be bringing a baby into this crazy world.

I can’t wait.

Wagstaff had the Diving Rod and even the same holder as in Adventure Mode, at least according to Winona.

Divining Rod (before picked up from its starting base)- “That’s a Voxola! What’s it doing here?”

Divining Rod Holder- “Just like in the bossman’s workshop.”

Does that mean that Wagstaff entered Adventure Mode? Or rather that he figured out the Wooden Thing and its components, to be transported into the Constant for Maxwell?

LGBT Pride is this month and we’ve been spotlighting some of the astonishing films about LGBT subjects that have played Tribeca throughout the years.

Today’s film is James Crump’s BLACK WHITE + GRAY: A PORTRAIT OF SAM WAGSTAFF AND ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (2007), which allows us a moving, sensitive glimpse inside the lives and minds of two art world icons. In this rare and vital documentary study, queer art begets uncontrollable queer love between curator-collector Sam Wagstaff and iconoclastic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, whose relationship would indelibly alter the New York art scene as their creative products came to define the tastes of the city’s culturati. Crump’s documentary looks deeper and beyond.

Storm Snippets: “Little Shadow”

Little Shadow

The last few days had been a long one. 9 months of preparing, trying to make their home “safe” for a young child. 9 months of worrying and in Robert’s case, sometimes being a bit too protective when it came to his wife.

Andrea had taken less time outside of their home and wandering, opting instead to focus on ensuring she had everything ready for herself.

Visitors had been quite interesting. Namely their favorite visitor.

“And there’s no egg?”

“Nope. Just the baby and I’ll have to keep a close eye on them too. They’ll need me and Robert for just about everything.”

Laika gave Andrea a worried look when the woman winced, feeling a kick from her unborn child.

“Are you okay?”

“… You wanna know what it’s like to feel a baby kick?”

Laika nodded quickly, letting Andrea guide her hand to her stomach, eyes going wide as she felt a sharp kick.

“Wow….” She giggled. “Hi hooman-ling.”

“I think they’re going to love meeting you.”

“Yay!”

That was a week ago. Now… they could hardly believe the change that happened overnight… Even if they weren’t quite used to it yet.

“WAAAAAHH!!!”

Andrea winced as she sat up, reaching into the bassinet beside the bed.

“Oh, oh oh, shhh…” She murmured bringing a bundle of blankets into her arms, bouncing it a little as she did so. “Shh, Mommy’s here Ciel, Mommy’s here.”

Her child was only three days old but already she couldn’t imagine her life without him in it. She kissed his head as he squirmed ,looking up at her with teary eyes. His elongated ears twitched as he wailed.

Andrea hummed softly, rocking him, keeping him close as she went through the motions with getting him settled. Ciel was still so new to her. Being a mother was still so new to her.

“I got you my darling, I’m here.”

Ciel hiccuped before settling down as he grasped one of her fingers in his hands. Andrea leaned against the headboard, cradling him.

So, that wasn’t hungry. He’s dry… so that’s… “Hold me”. Got it.

Robert peered in, still having been awake, tending to a project.

“You okay?”

“We’re both fine.” Andrea yawned a little as her son mimicked the action, a little squeak escaping him. “Just very… very tired.” Her eyes closed for a moment, her head bobbing a little.

Robert sat on the edge of the bed, laying a hand on her arm, getting her attention.

“You want me to…?”

Andrea looked down at Ciel before looking up at him.

“Maybe for a few minutes.”

“Just a few. You need a rest.” Robert gave her a gentle look as she transferred their child over. Ciel whined a little before settling down as he realized where he was.

Robert hummed softly, rocking him as he joined Andrea’s side.

Andrea closed her eyes, laying her head on his shoulder, listening to his voice.

They were figuring it out. It wasn’t going to be an easy path but it was going to be worth it.

We already got through bringing him into this world. And now he’s here… He’s really here.

“You know, I’m really glad I married you.” She murmured softly. Robert chuckled, nuzzling her.

“I’m glad I married you too. It’s all been amazing and now look at us.” He smiled warmly.

Ciel hiccuped, grasping onto part of Robert’s shirt, whining a little.

Robert and Andrea chuckled a bit before Robert brought him close, stroking his back.

“There we are… Shh… It’s okay Ciel. It’s okay.”

The boy yawned, nuzzling, letting out a small noise… A very familiar noise as Robert tried not to laugh.

“Don’t you dare say it.” Andrea giggled, nudging him a bit.

“He… purrs. Andrea, he purrs.” He chuckled, kissing Ciel’s head, his curly black hair being brushed aside by the action.

He definitely had inherited most of his appearance from his mother. The most he had gotten from Robert were his eyes and his hair to some extent.

The baby yawned once more before curling up against him, his green eyes sliding shut in the motion.

“There we go.” He hummed softly, rocking him in his arms.

He felt Andrea slump against him along with their son doing the same.

Robert chuckled, nuzzling his wife before sighing in contentment, leaning back against the headboard.

He was alright being their pillow for the night.

Once more I ask, how did I get so lucky?

Heh… Even though Maxwell has done things I don’t agree with… I would like to thank him someday for giving me this chance.

Robert kissed Ciel’s head before leaning his head back.

“Goodnight.”



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Moar snippets incoming, since I got stuff to share and fun stuff ahead! 

Oh this was just fun to write. Got to have Laika cameo being her precious bug child self, Andrea and Robert have a lil bab of their own. >w< And he’s smol. Little Ciel Wagstaff. 

Messing around with my Wagstaff design outside of Don’t Derezz. Young, old and chibeh.

A friend of mine got a kick out of the chibi one.

“8D He’s going the distance!”

So yeah. Mainly of him when he was younger because he’ll be appearing as such in a story that’s coming up. Storm and I have many plans. For now, least I can get drawings out to foreshadow what is coming.

A Promise Kept







A Promise Kept

“And that’s what happened.” Robert sighed, leaning forward, looking at his hands. It was the next day, due to staying up all night trying to catch up both were exhausted. Robert mostly asking Andrea about herself over the years, trying to put off telling her about the fire, among other matters.

Andrea had a saddened look in her eyes, taking his hands into hers before pressing her lips to them.

“H-Hey I’m fine.” He smiled, nuzzling her before leaning back.

“So, when do we start packing?” She asked.

Robert was taken aback by this, giving her a confused look.

“F-For what!?”

Andrea picked up her teacup, taking a sip. They had been chatting over breakfast, trying to catch up, Sebastian tucking himself under the thick curtain like table cloth to sleep.

“Moving?”

“A-Andrea you don’t wanna leave all this.” He gestured around them. “I know how much work you put into it.”

Andrea shook her head.

“A house is a house. It’s not a home that easily. It’s my home because my brother is here and because now you’re here. But if I had to move home, then I’ll go where it is.”

Robert wrung his hands, glancing up at her. While they had courted for a long time before, they were getting to know one another once more… but Robert still knew how he felt.

This was his dream girl still.

I just wonder if it’s too soon to ask her such a thing. I mean. good gracious I finally found her but…

He got an idea, nodding a bit to himself.

“Alright, how about this?” He grinned. “I’ll find the perfect place to build us a new home that’s just ours. One that has access to some light source so I can build you the most amazing moon dial you’ll ever have the joy of scrying with.” He offered, Andrea’s eyes lighting up at the idea.

“You mean it!?” She squealed a little.

“Of course! And it’ll be our home. Just us…” He held her hands gently in his. “And your brother.”

“He’s kind of a package deal.”

Robert sighed happily, squeezing her hands.

I’ve missed hearing her voice.

I’ve missed everything about her.

“I promise, I’ll take good care of you.”

She kissed his head, giving him a warm look. Andrea had never quite clicked with anyone the way she clicked with Robert.

Around others, she barely spoke. Sometimes gesturing more than anything else due to how nervous she got at times.

Around him, she felt content. She could tell him anything and he would always be listening, all his attention on her and the sound of her voice.

She was looking forward to a new life together of that.

“Be safe down there. Come back to me.”

“I intend to.”

That night, Andrea was working on cleaning up a few crystal geodes she kept on a shelf, polishing them until she could see the insides shimmer in the light.

Robert watched her work, hearing her humming quietly to herself, singing softly every now and then. It was still a wonder to him that this was his Andrea. That she was still willing to be with him and had waited so long for him.

It’s crazy to think we’re here right now. I’m here to stay and… good heavens, we’ll be together for good this time.

Robert took a deep breath before going over to her. He cleared his throat, getting her attention as she looked up, her ears twitching a little.

“Andrea?”

“Yeah, Robbie?” She grinned a little.

He gulped, trying to fight off the butterflies he felt. He had imagined this moment for years, even before they were separated the first time.

Had this ring in my pocket the whole time for luck. Even on that day.

Robert took a shaky breath.

“Well… we’re going to be living together soon and… I want to ask you something I should’ve asked a long time ago.”

Andrea stood up a curious look in her eyes. Robert took her hand in his, getting down on one knee.

“Andrea, I love you to the universe and back. I want to know…” He pulled out a small box, opening it. “Will you do the honor of being my wife?”

Her eyes grew wide, covering her mouth with both hands. She looked at the ring before her eyes met his. He had a hopeful look in his own, mixed with a touch of nervousness.

“Oh my stars.” She whispered before she let out a loud squeal, throwing her arms around him. “YES! OH MY STARS YES!!!” She laughed.

Robert was nearly knocked over by the force, hugging her with his free arm as he laughed.

“Oh, Andrea! Thank you, thank you.” He kissed her head before sliding the ring onto her finger. “There we go. Perfect.”

Andrea huddled close, looking at the ring, seeing the lone purple crystal shimmering in the light.

“It’s perfect. Just like you.”

He chuckled, nuzzling her.

“On the contrary, you’re the perfect one my Shadow Witch.” Robert smiled warmly, cupping her face in his hands. “How did I get so lucky?”

“I ask myself that every day.” Andrea whispered. “And each time, I still can’t fathom it.”

“Well, we’re here now.” He kissed her quickly.

“And this is the start of our new life.”


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Here have some fwoof. 

“Things were different then for us… Very different.”

Been awhile since I’ve done a line up but since I’m working on designs as of late got a kick to finish up the “original explorers” as it were of the Survive the Shadows series. Robert Wagstaff, Percival Higgsbury, Melinda Wickerbottom and Sebastian as they appeared in Dark Knowledge from Book of Shadows. 

Robert’s old design is still canon in regards to that’s what he looked like when he was a young man and by extension what he looked like in Dark Knowledge, which he was around 18-19 years of age, being a student and apprentice to Percival. 

Percival, good heavens he’s gotten some upgrades since the last time I drew him in his prime. Hair is more refined  and his build is more solid. I’m just rolling around laughing at how short he is compared to Robert. X;D I honestly didn’t mean to make Robert one of the freakishly tall ones but it happened. 

Melinda, not much change. Just color tweaks.

Sebastian has never really had a proper ref sheet so this is his debut. Mr. future terrorbeak before everything went so wrong. 

More line ups to come but I just wanted to get these guys up since I’ve really wanted to share some designs. Meaning there are other characters from Dark Knowledge who will appear but on other line ups. Also, Robert will appear again with his older look in a different line up and probably his own portrait like I did with Edward and Cecelia. (Though honestly it’s not that much different from what we see here, just different hair cut and he’s older.) 

And that about does it. Catch ya next time.

Storm Snippets: “Mischief Unmanaged”


Mischief Unmanaged

Let’s see, where could that little rascal be hiding? I know he’s around here somewhere.

Sebastian slithered through the shadows cast about in the room as he looked for his target. He chirped thoughtfully as he pretended to not see a little pair of hands pull a blanket off of the couch behind it.

“Hmmm…. I wonder where he could beee…?”

Sebastian slithered as he heard a little giggle follow. He snuck around to the top, peering down.

He would admit, he was impressed with his nephew’s set up. Ciel was almost two now and learning very quickly how to be sneaky. Especially around him. He had his blanket and a pillow behind the couch, hugging a toy beefalo Andrea had made for him and a figure carved out of wood in the shape of a Thulecitian was “guarding” the entrance.

“Hee…” Ciel giggled, hugging the beefalo tighter. “I’m sneaky.”

“OR ARE YOU?” Sebastian exclaimed as the boy squealed, scurrying out of his hiding spot.

He was never rough on him and he was so very careful with their contact to not affect the child’s sanity. But Sebastian would admit, this was some of the best years of his life as a terrorbeak.

Just can’t wait until we finally find a cure. I’ll be able to actually hug him and pick him up…

“You can’t catch me!” Ciel giggled, darting into Andrea’s room where she kept most of her magical items in.

The boy looked around before darting under the table her looking glass was perched upon, the tablecloth covering him.

Just for good measure, he covered his eyes with his hands.

If he couldn’t see his uncle, he couldn’t see him. Ciel smiled to himself, nodding a bit at his surely genius plan to thwart his uncle’s attempts to win their game of hide and seek.

“Ciiiieeeeel. Wheeerrreee aaarrreee yooouuu?” Sebastian called, “walking past” the room, when in actuality he shuffled around the table, keeping quiet.

Ciel was trying to keep quiet, unable to help the little giggles that escaped.

“Could you be… HERE?” Sebastian bumped into the table leg as Ciel squealed. He moved to run only for Sebastian to stop him.

“Nuuu!”

“I have WON!” He nudged him gently with his head. “And now I BOOP YOU!”

“Nooo!” He laughed harder, hugging the terrorbeak close. “I boop you!” Ciel smiled, poking him in return.

Sebastian gave a quiet screech as he flailed around.

“Nooo… I have been defeated… By the mighty Ciel!”

Ciel got up, holding his head up high.

“I am simply one… One… Um… What’s that word?”

“Heck.”

“I am one… eck of a winner!”

Sebastian churred, nuzzling him.

“Eh, close enough.  Now, we’re in here without your mom so what’s that mean?”

CIel put a finger to his lips.

“Shh.”

“That’s right. Let’s go say hi to her in the garden now.”

“Okay!”

Ciel ran out, a force to be reckoned with if you were a terrorbeak nearly the same size as him. Sebastian wasn’t sure when he figured out running. One day he was crawling, the next, bolting from room to room, seemingly skipped walking altogether.

Heh, just like how our folks said I was.

He’s got a little bit of all of us.

And one day, I’m gonna be able to be around more. Not just sleeping in a hole outside the house.

He scurried to one of his hiding places, settling in to watch his sister and his nephew play. This was, as far as he was concerned, the life.