We’d like to detail the various inspirations that helped guide us into this insane webcomic venture here. The first webcomic Silv ever encountered was Starfighter by Hamletmachine. It was the first yaoi comic she’d seen with a more Western art style, and her introduction into the realm of webcomics as a medium. She started reading other webcomics, namely Hanna Is Not a Boy’s Name by Tessa Stone, The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver and Lackadaisy by Tracy Butler. All these comics both served to inspire and intimidate, because the sheer talent was overwhelming, but it was cool to see all these artists drawing comics that didn’t necessarily follow comic norms. It helped validate my desire to do something different and showed me how the internet could be a valid publishing medium in its own right. Ski’s exposure to webcomics had mainly been in the obscure genre ‘non-story-based single-strip science-oriented’ like xkcd by Randall Munroe, and then she began to discover excellent story-driven (though still tremendously geeky) comics like Goblins by Thunt and Order of the Stick by Rich Burlew. When Silv began to introduce her to other offerings, their powers magically combined into COMIC MAGIC YAOI SCIENCE. A few more comic artists who’ve since helped inspire us are Alex Woolfson and Winona Nelson (Artifice) and Tathi (Chess) and more you can find on the links page.

Second, it is absolutely vital that we thank all members, past and present, of our many many roleplays over the years. In particular, all of the loyal residents of Dark Moon, the roleplay where Demi and Ski first met ten years ago, and which told an epic story for seven years thereafter. You guys are all brilliantly talented and got us through some rough times. You were like family, and we’ll never forget you.

We also must thank all the denizens of Set Yourself on Fire, the play-by-post roleplay where Nine and Dice were born. In particular we must thank the players who created characters who will appear or be mentioned in Grayscale (with their gracious permission). As the characters appear in the comic, we’ll attribute them to their authors:

Lastly, a thousand thanks to our loyal fans, you guys provide the support, inspiration, and hilarity that keeps us going.