Dogwood Blossoms, Chapter 3: E-hon, p.01-10
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Wherein I reveal the depths of my geekdom. This chapter is in the style of--and in imitation of--Japanese e-hon illustrated novels from the 1700-1800's. See the next comic entry for my full notes on e-hon. The concept most definitely came into my head because of kani-za's gorgeous Ukiyo-e Sesshoumaru and expanded as I researched Japanese historical artwork for Dogwood. I wanted to take on the challenge. It ended up being a whole lot more work than I anticipated, but I hope y'all like it.
THE MANGA: Last month, Takahashi Rumiko-sensei released the FINAL CHAPTER of the Inuyasha manga in Japan. *chorus of cheers* YAY! Most everything is tied up very nicely and neatly for our characters.
Dogwood is now officially an AU, but not THAT extreme of an AU. (mwahahah) Switch some of the decisions in the final chapter around, and you have the setup for Dogwood.
You'll notice I've given Sesshoumaru back "Meidou Zangetsuha". That's 'cause I need that power for the plot of ch.4-5. And it is a perfectly reasonable master project for Tetsumaru. I was quite annoyed when Sess "gave away" that power in the manga. :]
Stats: Book layout photomanipulated from actual e-hon book scans and paper scans, most patterns drawn by myself, a few taken from Japanese ukiyo-e prints from the 1800's. Wood grain texture by Enchantedgal-Stock.
Acknowledgments and Disclaimer: The fate of no one historical was changed by the making of this comic. Inuyasha-tachi belong to Takahashi Rumiko and everyone she has sold them to. This is a mostly nonprofit fan work that I’m really slowly putting too much work into because I'm a pathetic period-accuracy purist. All historical inaccuracies are the fault of myself--some deliberate, the rest out of ignorance. There is only so much time a girl can put into research for a fan project. Many thanks to the beta group for their help and suggestions.