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F.A.Q.

I don’t get this comic. What’s it with parts 1 and 2?
Who are you?
Why has this comic been relaunched?
Is there a printed version of Death & the Maiden?
What do you mean with “the original version” of this comic?
Is there a zipped file with all episodes for download?
Does the Maiden have a real name?
Who is this little guy in the red sweatshirt?
I have found a mistake in one of the episodes – should I tell you?
Are there other language versions of your comic?
Were you influenced by Terry Prattchet’s DEATH or The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy or … ?

I don’t get this comic. What’s it with parts 1 and 2?

Death and the Maiden was originally published from 2001 to 2004 and is a complete and finished story. My readers wanted to get more, hence the sequel. The original story is part 1, the sequel is part 2.
Part 1 has already been published on my website Cartoon Tomb. What you see here is a relaunch, to catch more new readers.
Part 2 is still in working progress and updated twice a week.

Who are you?

See my profile here.

Why has this comic been relaunched?

In order to attract more and new readers by daily updates. I admit, it may be annoying to readers who already know part 1 but cannot look up episodes that have formerly been published but are now taken off the net. Please be patient – it’s only a matter of one year until the whole story is completely accessible again.

Is there a printed version of Death & the Maiden?

The good news is, that I have indeed managed to get part 1 into print. The whole story covers no less than 3 books with 64 pages each. There are between 25 to 37 additional strips in each book, which were never (and will never be) seen online.
The bad news however is that those books are available in German language only. Of course I have absolutely no objections against a printed English version, but there has not been any offer by a publisher yet, and I’m a little too preoccupied with selling and distributing the German books in order to go and look for one.
In short: If you want to read the printed version along with all the additional strips and bonus stories, you should be able to read at least a bit German. You can order the books in my webshop or via Amazon Germany (both shops are in German language).

What do you mean with “the original version” of this comic?

The German one. I am from Austria, therefore my native tongue is German. And no, Austria is not part of Germany, we just share the same language. Just like the USA are not part of Great Britain, even though US-Americans speak English. ;-)

Is there a zipped file with all episodes for download?

No, and there never will be. Not only would this reduce my available webspace, it’d also keep the readers from staying on my site in order to read the full story, and that would cost me page visits.

Does the Maiden have a real name?

Yes, it gets revealed in the second half of the story. Those who are familiar with the first part of Death & Maiden should already know it, all new readers will have to wait.
She obviously has a last name as well, but that one is not important for the plot and will therefore not be mentioned.

Who is this little guy in the red sweatshirt?

You’ll find this question explained under characters.

I have found a mistake in the cartoon – should I tell you?

YES! I am not an English native speaker, so naturally, there will be mistakes! I’d like to have the translation as good as possible, though, so if you’re a linguist and would like to change a phrase or correct the grammar – please contact me!
If you find an error in the drawings, you can also tell me. I’m always eager to get a response.

Are there other language versions of this comic?

Yes, a Russian and an Slovenian one. There used to be an Italian translation as well, but the project died since the site’s been cancelled.

Were you influenced by Terry Prattchet’s DEATH or The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy or ….?

Neither nor. I can with full honesty say that I’ve never ever read one of Pratchett’s DEATH-novels. As a matter of fact, I haven’t even read one of his diskworld novels, only started with the first book but stopped after 30 pages or so. To tell you the truth: I’m not a big fan of fantasy. I do plan, however, to read some DEATH-novels, as soon as I’ve finished my own story. I’m a bit peculiar when it comes to truth and lies, I want to keep saying until the end that I haven’t been influenced by Pratchett, and in order to be truthful I must not read the books.
As for Billy & Mandy: Since our cable service stopped broadcasting Cartoon Network around the beginning of the year 2000, I’ve never even heard of the TV-cartoon series until december 2005. Since then, I have watched a bunch of episodes which I found on the internet, and I found them mildly amusing but not related to my comic at all. As a matter of fact, I’ve spied several episodes that were clearly ripp-offs of old “Beetlejuice” TV-cartoon episodes, and still being a great fan of that show, I wasn’t pleased with this at all. Anyway: I started my series Death & the Maiden at the beginning of 2001, and from what I’ve learned Billy & Mandy started off around the same time. No influence is therefore possible, since my storyline was already fixed by the time the show aired in the US.
The only influence I fully admit is a sketch from a British/US-comedy show named Assaulted Nuts, in which Death appears, and you will know this Death if you’ve seen The bogus adventures of Bill and Ted because not only is it the same actor (William Sadler) who’s playing Death in this movie but he’s also wearing the same make-up and outfit! However, the influence I got was not by said movie but really by this one little sketch. Which all in all wasn’t even that funny. But the way Death acted there (like a stubborn, bad tempered child), yes, that certainly influenced my Death a great deal. :-)