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Boy with Nails for Eyes

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Jun 12, 2010 | 7:21 PM EDT

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The Boy with Nails for Eyes is an independent motion comic, set in a grimy, grey little seaside town trapped by a brick-and-iron wall of factories. The story follows a young boy as he undertakes a quest that will draw him to the town's knotted heart, and into the domain of the shadowy hunger that stalks its streets.

The prologue tells of the days, unknown years ago, when a murder of crows swarmed upon the town. Haunted by their cries from daybreak to dark, the townsfolk experience strange visions...


The story is best viewed in FULLSCREEN MODE, so that the text is clearly legibile without having to use the zoom function. Full instructions on viewing the story are given in the loading screen.

A lofi version of the comic, featuring the images and text only, is available on my website ( k), which is linked from my profile. Also available are wallpapers and music downloads, plus the next chapter of the story itself (I'll be posting a Newgrounds version of this fairly soon, but my focus at the moment is on a comic commission, and on getting the art for the third chapter finished!)


Really pleased with the response so far - thanks to everyone for the encouragement and feedback. [In fact, I'm now quite overwhelmed by the level of response - thanks again to everyone who reviewed, whether you liked it or not. And cheers to Newgrounds for featuring this! I'll try to reply to everyone but I can't promise I will - if you really want to get an answer, the best idea is to email me through my website.]

I always intended the comic to be viewed fullscreen (I even considered making it obligatory, or automatically going to fullscreen when the comic starts, but I don't like that idea any more than, probably, anyone else does), but I do hear everyone on the text.

Later stages of the story will be a little heavier on the text (which is why I had to go for a small font size from the get-go) so in all honesty I think the text may well stay as it is, for the sake of consistency (and at the risk of pissing off a few people). Again, I *strongly* suggest *fullscreen viewing*, if the text is too small for you; unfortunately the highest file dimensions allowed by Newgrounds is even smaller than the original file dimensions(1060px/745px), so for this reason fullscreen is an even better idea from my point of view.





Rated 5 / 5 stars

Brilliant, in more ways than one

I can spend all day commenting on the artistic style and overall layout, that much is obviously great. However, the writing and poetic rhythm is frikin awesome!! Really well-done, although i have no idea whats going on (or what will happen) but thats irrelevant...erm, that murder of crows turning into war is awesome...very good! :D

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

awe inspiring brilliance

truly you are on of you that captures readers in a world unlike I have aver heard a true masterpiece your works should be published bravo and just speechless


Rated 5 / 5 stars

One word


At first I didn't know what to expect, and with the nature of most people I expected something silly when I saw the title. After going through the prologue I was simply amazed. The detail was incredible, the artwork stunning and the symbolism interesting. I can't wait to see the following chapters.

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shngrdnr responds:

Glad you enjoyed it, Twilight - thanks very much!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Far exceeded my expectiations. I love the art that you used. And the dark somber tone to everything. The war machines were my favorites. I went to the website to read Chapter 1. Can't wait to see more!!!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

" majestic"

It sounds very intriguing, a very poetic piece of work artistic and literate. very well done.