December 1st, 2011, 12:32 pm


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December 1st, 2011, 12:32 pm

competition: name sisu’s skull!

background info: baba yaga wears the skulls of children she has eaten, but her youngest son sisu wears the skulls of children he couldn’t save from death. in this flashback at the beginning of chapter four, he only has one skull so far – the skull belonged to a little girl who was between 3 and 4 years old. how she died or why he couldn’t save her is a mystery; sisu refuses to talk about it. he wears her as a badge of shame, but she never blamed him for her death in the first place. she whispers secrets only the dead know.

rules: your task is to give her a name! to enter:
1. send an email to with the subject “sisu’s skull”
2. tell me what you want to name her
3. you must also try to give a reason for the name you have chosen! “i think it’s a nice name” is not a good reason. a good reason would be something like, “it means this in this language so i think it’s appropriate” or “it was the name of this mythical figure who died young” etc.
4. the winner will be whoever comes up with what i judge to be the most fitting name for her.
5. anyone can enter, but you may only enter once. i will ask the winner for their address afterwards, so don’t send me any personal details like that please.

deadline: the hemlock update on thursday evening, december 29th 2011 (GMT time)

prize: signed copies of hemlock #1, #2, and #3 and an A5 ink drawing of a character of your choice! the winning name will be mentioned in chapter 5 of hemlock. (if the winner already has copies, they may choose an A4-ink drawing which will be sent to them and coloured digitally instead)

EDIT: PLEASE READ ok because i've been getting so many awesome entries, and i don't think i can possibly choose just one of these names, there will now be TWO runner-up prizes! each runner up will be allowed to choose one issue of hemlock which will be signed/sketched and sent to them.

sisu is actually meant to have a few more skulls, the next time we see him, and i was going to name these myself, but the runners-up names will be used instead. their names probably won't come up in the story, but it'll be canon! XD

September 15th, 2019, 1:10 pm

December 1st, 2011, 4:35 pm

@SunshineMoonlight: aww, i'm sure you can come up with something :D
@Iron: give it a try anyway! >w<
@ICu: either is good, but i'm mostly looking for just a first name.
@st-valentines: if you want to enter, please send me an email with that! i'm not accepting entries made by comment ^^;
@Sadly a Guest: yup, anyone can enter!
@ToothFairy: it's no worry ^^
@VoiceOfSociety: it's up to you!
@Mythee: thank you! :D
@Amy: thank you too! :D
@miacat9: she was human :)
@Draumur: ^^
@lockjaw50: haha i'm happy you think so <3
@Kohikki: whooaaa big comment! O: haha i'm happy to hear from you again <3 and you should definitely enter! always worth a try ^^ i'm looking forward to chapter 3 of la valse des reves~


December 1st, 2011, 1:00 pm

Hehe what a great idea for a competition! :) The prize sounds so awesome that I may join in although I'm so lame at naming characters ( my current comic is a living proof hahah)

December 1st, 2011, 1:19 pm

Arghh if only I was good at coming up wth names >.<;

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December 1st, 2011, 2:35 pm

Ohhhhh I so wanna try :0 does it have to be like first name and a surname or only the first name?

December 1st, 2011, 3:31 pm

Her name should be Koliada who i think is the Slavic goddess of the day, and because Sisu is the Day Prince he has the perfect 'semi-companion' ^_^ I think it sounds pretty cool too :P

December 1st, 2011, 4:31 pm

Can I enter?

December 1st, 2011, 7:09 pm

Hello, I love your art~
Im sorry for the mail, I'm really disorganized :I

December 1st, 2011, 7:53 pm


Do you have any preference for the type of name? As in, should it come from a certain region?

December 1st, 2011, 8:33 pm

I entered. @A@

December 1st, 2011, 9:39 pm

I entered!

December 1st, 2011, 10:13 pm

Was the girl a human or could she be any creature?

December 2nd, 2011, 12:20 am

Awesome contest! Will do! :D

December 2nd, 2011, 7:52 pm

Awesooome! The background information is so cool! <333

December 2nd, 2011, 11:04 pm

3.37: Awh Tristan's little sad face. :(
Cute little guy.
3.38: The top three panels here are awesome, but the bottom is my favourite! I love Kolya's face. :) I also continue to just love the way you write everything.
3.39 Awww This is really sweet in a weird way, gosh all your pages have just the right atmosphere. I love how ghosty Tristan looks, too.
3.40: Awwwwwwww, gosh this is really cute and sweet. Kolya was so worried about him. And I'm glad that there's some closure for both Tristan and Kolya here, Tristan with him mother and Kolya with Tristan. So good.
3.41: Oh no... What's wrong with Tristan's mom!? Also that last panel is kind of heartbreaking. ;_; Kolya you poor thing
3.42: The Shadow has a really cool design, even if she's tellin' him to shoo. :O Is Tristan possessed!? I love the way his dialogue is written here. You can tell he's not himself.
3.43: Aw froggy tristan, you cutie. Although the suspense of what he was warning her of will kill me. I do hope that Kolya does return even though Tristan says he won't.
3.44: I love Lumi in the first panel, dang she looks so pretty. Your compositions kill me with how well done they are<3
3.45: I must be dense, only now realising that the shadow puppet is a fake Sindri, heh. He's still really cool though!! I sort of doubt Sindri would actually come to her aid, though. Doesn't seem that nice of a guy.
3.46: Aha, so that settles that. Awwh Kolya, you poor thing, you just look so sad and worried. ;(
3.47: OooH, that return of Ulla! What a pleasant surprise. :O
The 1500 fans art is gorgeous sdjhfjkdg<3<3

4.1: This fellow, has a ridiculously awesome looking design.
4.2: Lumi has no shortage of cool lookin' dudes visiting her, even if she doesn't wanna see them. looks like. :D Hrmmm who could this be?? the other brother perhaps??
4.3: Ah!! He is! And he looks even more cool with his hood down. Dang what a cool lookin' guy. Cold, Lumi. Cold.
4.4: He seems like a sweetie! Either that or he's just really good at being cordial. She's ever suspicious of him though, for some reason.
4.5: DANG! He's even cooler than I thought, shapeshifting based on the person's perceptions of him, eh?
4.6: Ahaaa this is a flashback, I guess. I should have noticed it sooner when Suul was around. But I guess now I realise it because Suul's actually talking, heh.
This contest... I totally want to enter. What a neat character concept. :OO
Thank goodness there's a long enough deadline for me to come up with something.

ALSO I am sorry for not commenting in such a long while but, your comic continues to be one of my favourites. UuU I love reading it so much.

September 2nd, 2013, 3:46 am


I had the song 'oh my god' stuck in my head and I saw this Page and died XD

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