News Archive
The End
posted by Virmir on March 20th, 2021 for Comic 635
And we'll let Voltar handle the final post.

That's a wrap! I'll post something when I start the next comic. You may enjoy some Virmir-World in the meantime.

Thanks for reading!
Aforementioned Link and Book
posted by Virmir on March 13th, 2021 for Comic 631
The aforementioned link.

Also the book is now available! More details here.
Final Page
posted by Virmir on February 6th, 2021 for Comic 615
And that's the end of that!

Whether you've been around since the comic's inception in 2008 or just got here-- thanks for reading!

I have already begun planning my next major comic project, which I hope to launch sometime in 2022. In the meantime, you may find some amusement in my side comic, Virmir-World.

I've submitted the Crimson Flag book to IndyPlanet and am told the review process may take 6-8 weeks, so hopefully it will be available sometime in March or April 2021. It will be available for purchase here, once available.

Until then, starting next week I will be posting a few bonus pages from the book itself, so stay tuned!
Crimson Flag Book Available Soon
posted by Virmir on February 29th, 2020 for Comic 566
Yes indeed-- as Crimson Flag nears its conclusion, over the past few years I've also been putting together a print book to go along with the online comic. This is mainly a personal project since I like the idea of a physical book to go on my shelf, but maybe some other people want a copy too!

Pictures and more info here.
Cast Page
posted by Virmir on September 7th, 2019 for Comic 541
I have added a new, more useful cast page! Let me know if I missed any pages the listed characters appear on.
Bigger Pages
posted by Virmir on April 1st, 2017 for Comic 414
I've been experimenting with making pages properly sized for printing lately, so enjoy some bigger pages for at least the next several months.
Drawing With Hands
posted by Virmir on November 19th, 2016 for Comic 395
This is the last page (395) I colored and shaded with my mouth. From here on I've been alternating between my right hand for line work and my left hand for everything else.

It's been a strange year.
Regularly scheduled updates
posted by Virmir on December 12th, 2015 for Comic 346

Crimson Flag now returns to its regularly scheduled updates every Saturday!

Because I was not happy with the pace that my arms were healing, I have decided to learn to draw with my mouth. Therefore I am now able to output one page per week in addition to other art on the weekends while still resting the arms enough so they are not overworked (that is, two days with the right hand, two days with the left hand, three days with the mouth). This schedule, plus a buffer of 12 pages, should ensure this sort of thing never happens again.

I start using my mouth on upcoming page 350. Page 351 is actually drawn entirely with my mouth and from there I start using my right hand a little more each week until 355 or so where most of the line work is right handed and then I finish all the coloring, shading, effects with my mouth. (Meanwhile, I'm using my left hand to draw other stuff on the weekend.) This is where I'm at now and it's a pretty good schedule that's not bothering any body part significantly and is also allowing me to satiate my deep rooted need to spend every conceivable moment drawing. Hoorray!

12 pages is a pretty crazy huge buffer for a weekly comic, however I'm going to maintain it as long as both my arms are still not up to speed. If they ever do heal 100% (that would put me at something like 300% drawing capacity), then maybe I'll consider burning off some of the buffer with some bonus updates or something.
Updates every other week
posted by Virmir on September 5th, 2015 for Comic 339

Fortunately, the period of monthly updates only lasted one month! Crimson Flag will now update every other Saturday until I can build up the buffer large enough and ensure I can maintain my former pace. Hopefully we'll be back to weekly updates soon!

If you would like to follow my status or just read the full story on what in blazes is wrong with my arms, follow the designated forum thread!
Monthly updates
posted by Virmir on August 1st, 2015 for Comic 338

Crimson Flag now begins its slow return over the next several months as my arms recover further. For now, Crimson Flag will update on the first Saturday of every month. The frequency will increase as I slowly build up to my former speed (and construct a large buffer), which will take some time still. Monthly updates are of course painfully slow, but better than no updates at all!

If you would like to follow my status or just read the full story on what in blazes is wrong with my arms, follow the designated forum thread!
Still on break
posted by Virmir on May 23rd, 2015 for Comic 337
NOT BACK YET-- This was an interesting page to work on as it was drawn in a series of something like 75 tiny 5-minute drawing sessions over the course of the past five months (plus a few longer ones towards the end). I do intend to build up a 10 page buffer before returning to regular updates, but I don't see the sense in hanging onto this page for months until then.

The arms do seem to be better than when I posted the previous message back in January, although they are improving at a glacially slow pace. I am currently allowing myself about three hours of drawing per week, which is significantly more than where I was at, although I have quite a ways to go yet before I can invest the 10-14 hours required per CF page. At the very least I am now capable of at least poking at it a little. Lately I've been practicing sketching with fewer, more precise strokes to save wear and tear on my arms.

If you would like to follow my status or just read the full story on what in blazes is wrong with my arms, I post updates in this forum thread (now with statistical data and charts!) Hopefully the next page will be less than four months out!
CF is now on break
posted by Virmir on January 24th, 2015 for Comic 336

Unfortunately the arm issues mentioned a while back persist, therefore I've decided to try something I haven't actually tried before-- that is, actually stop drawing for a period longer than a few weeks. I'm not sure how long it will take, but will certainly be at least several months considering I've been struggling with this for seven months so far. I was very much looking forward to bragging about never missing an update a few years down the line after completing Crimson Flag, however this seems the wisest course of action.

If you would like to follow my status or just read the full story on what in blazes is wrong with my arms, I plan on posting updates in this forum thread. Thanks for reading! With luck, hopefully I'll be back in action by the second half of 2015. Then I can just pretend the previous year did not happen!
Regularly Scheduled Artist
posted by Virmir on December 20th, 2014 for Comic 331
And now back to your regularly scheduled Virmirish pages.
Guest Artist 3/3
posted by Virmir on December 13th, 2014 for Comic 330
The final guest artist is Caleb Lloyd, who draws a very fluffy Lucian.

Your regularly scheduled artist returns next week!
Guest Artist 2/3
posted by Virmir on December 6th, 2014 for Comic 329
This week's guest artist is Donnie, who would totally be rich if I could get him to draw more.

One more to go!
Guest Artist 1/3
posted by Virmir on November 29th, 2014 for Comic 328

As many of you know, I have been struggling with tendinitis in my right arm (my drawing arm) since June of this year. Starting with page 311 I've been drawing significant parts of the comic with my left arm, however due to overuse (especially in July) that arm has been giving me trouble too. Last month I decided to take a three week drawing break and didn't want to dip into the buffer (as I had done previously), and thus commissioned three guest artists to draw some CF pages!

This week's guest artist is Dragyn of Pending Else and Beastling, and who seriously needs to stop not drawing and draw more.

Your regularly scheduled artist will return with page 331 on the December 20 update! (And yes, the break did me good. Working on page 333 right now as I write this. )
New site design!
posted by Virmir on July 22nd, 2013 for Comic 257
The new site design is live! If you have any issues or comments, feel free to let me know!
Comic Dub
posted by Virmir on May 25th, 2013 for Comic 249
Check out this awesome fan dub of the first 20 pages of Crimson Flag!
Wild Frontier
posted by Virmir on May 22nd, 2011 for Comic 144
Hey folks!

I'm pleased to announce another Urocyon-hosted comic: Wild Frontier by Xzadfor! This is a revived comic coming back from from a long hiatus with a decent sized archive already. Check it out! It has foxes in space. (Among other critters. )
Making of a Comic
posted by Virmir on March 12th, 2011 for Comic 134
I wrote up one of these looooooong ago, but every step of the process has changed since then. So here's a step-by-step look at how page 134 was made!
posted by Virmir on December 25th, 2010 for Comic 123
Hey folks!

Several pages back, I announced that I was doing a trial run of drawing pages entirely myself-- hence the abrupt style change. (Up until page 117, this was a team effort with Tod Wills providing the pencil sketches that I inked and colored.) I've really enjoyed drawing the comic so far, talked with Tod, and did some serious thinking.

From now on, I will be doing Crimson Flag entirely myself. When I originally enlisted Tod's help, I was not much of an artist at all. I've been practicing every day since then, and this is a challenge I am itching to take on. Obviously this is a major change for the comic, since I draw foxes way more short and cutesy than Tod. This is more towards my original vision of the comic though. Thanks for all your support!

Tod of course is still around! His main comic, Ekwara updates way more frequently than CF. Also, check out his main website and Livejournal.

Thanks for all the help, Tod! I couldn't have gotten this far without you.
posted by Virmir on December 5th, 2010 for Comic 120
Hey folks!

Virmir-Cards, the deck of playing cards I've been working on mentioned in the chat and around the forums is now available for sale!

This is a deck of standard playing cards composed of most of the drawings I've posted over the last several months in my various art galleries. You can read more about it and see more pictures at the following link.
Pending Else
posted by Virmir on November 24th, 2010 for Comic 118
Hey folks!

I'm pleased to announce another Urocyon-hosted comic! This one is Pending Else, by chat-regular Dragyn.
Change of Pace
posted by Virmir on November 13th, 2010 for Comic 117
Hey folks!

As most of you probably know, normally I write the comic script, then send that over to Tod of Ekwara fame, who does the base pencil sketches. He sends those to me, and I ink, color, shade, add flashy effects, etc. When I first started this comic over two years ago, I could not draw much at all, so commissioned Tod for his help on the steps I was not confident in (i.e. the base sketches).

Since then, I've been drawing pretty much every single day and feel I'm ready to take on bigger challenges. So just for fun, the next several pages will be drawn entirely by me! My style is a lot shorter and cutsey-er than Tod's, so the transition may be jarring. Sorry.
Loose Ferrets and More
posted by Virmir on September 1st, 2010 for Comic 106
Hey folks!

I'm pleased to announce another Urocyon-hosted webcomic, Loose Ferrets by Traxer!

Also, I just finished coding my new art gallery site: Art by Virmir. This will be the central nexus of Virmirish art from now on.
Bigger Pages
posted by Virmir on June 5th, 2010 for Comic 94
Yeah, those little strips once per week were kinda lame-ish... so let's try some bigger pages for a while.

Also, just for fun, here's the original concept art for the Relran Tree.
New Hosted Comics
posted by Virmir on March 23rd, 2010 for Comic 83
Hey folks,

I'm pleased to announce two new comics hosted here on Urocyon! The first is Creature of the Night by Razzek. It's just starting off, but I'm rather fond of one of the cameos on page one.

Second is Vigil by chat regular Alias, which has a decent sized archive already and I'm really excited about seeing where this one goes.

Cast Page
posted by Virmir on March 7th, 2010 for Comic 81
There is now a cast page! Only about... a year and a half late.
posted by Virmir on February 15th, 2010 for Comic 78
posted by Virmir on January 18th, 2010 for Comic 74
Yeah, finally broke down and got me one of those Twitter things.
Epic Battle
posted by Virmir on January 3rd, 2010 for Comic 72
Hey folks!

I just updated another page of Epic Battle. If you're a regular to the forums or chat, you probably already know about this. But if not, this is a little side comic I've been working on in-between Crimson Flag pages and other doodles. There's no update schedule with this one-- just a random sporadic thing. Check it out!

Ye Gods!
posted by Virmir on November 21st, 2009 for Comic 66
Just wanted to give a shout out to Razzek's Ye Gods! comic which I did the site design for and am hosting here on Urocyon (our webserver). Check it out!
Comic Comments
posted by Virmir on November 16th, 2009 for Comic 65
Hey folks!

I hacked together a little script to link comics to the forums so people can comment on them easily. All comics posted from now on will will be auto-posted in the forums, and you'll notice a nifty link underneath each comic (starting from this week's) that counts the number of replies to that post.

Comment away!
posted by Virmir on November 8th, 2009 for Comic 64
Rumors of a Crimson Flag poster in the works are true. Check out the new store page to get it!
New Server!
posted by Virmir on September 19th, 2009 for Comic 57
If you can read this, we are now on the new server. Hooray!

Let me know if something doesn't work right.
Moving Servers
posted by Virmir on September 15th, 2009 for Comic 56
Hey folks,

Crimson Flag and its sister sites will be moving to a new server this weekend. The move should be totally transparent to you the visitor apart from a possible short freezing of the chat and forums while data is being copied over. Long story short, we're moving away from a dodgy shared-server provider over to a virtual box. Tons more freedom. Many, many thanks goes out to Tvorsk for helping set this up for me.
posted by Virmir on August 30th, 2009 for Comic 54
I'm delighted to announce Crimson Flag's partnership with yet another of Tod's comics, Ekwara! This story is just starting out, but it updates every Saturday just like CF, so head on down and check it out.
Voltar the Magnificent
posted by Virmir on August 29th, 2009 for Comic 54
Most of the credit for Voltar goes to Tod. I'm usually very specific about how the characters look, many of them based off of designs I drew first, then passed along to Tod so he can adapt them to his style. Then every once in a while there will be some throwaway character that will only be in a page or two and I'll just say "draw whatever". So when he came along and drew one of those random guys in page 29 that kicked the tail of anyone I ever designed myself, we both went "wow", had a little brainstorming session, and... well now, he's back for more.
Brief Downtimes
posted by Virmir on July 11th, 2009 for Comic 47
Hey folks,

Some of you may have noticed brief server outages lasting from 30-60 minutes over the past week or so. I've submitted a ticket with my host and am currently looking into the issue, so hopefully we'll get that straightened out soon. In the meantime, if you happen to stop by while the site is down, just give it a half hour or so and try again.

Thanks for reading, everyone!
Dracula Comic!
posted by Virmir on May 24th, 2009 for Comic 40
I'm thrilled to announce Crimson Flag's partnership with Tod's Dracula Comic! We're doing a sister-site type thing. If you haven't read this spectacular rendition of Dracula, go check it out right now!
Shoutbox RSS
posted by Virmir on May 24th, 2009 for Comic 40
Shoutbox RSS, for you crazies who asked for it. (You know who you are. )
Returns, Poses Dramatically
posted by Virmir on May 18th, 2009 for Comic 39
I've returned! Internet schedule resumes as normal. (Not that it was changed much in the first place. )
Out of town for a bit
posted by Virmir on May 9th, 2009 for Comic 38
Hey folks,

I'll be going out of town for a period of eight days starting tomorrow, so I won't be in the chat quite as much during this time. (Hooray for hotel internet!) This also means next week's update may or may not be off by a few hours from the normal update time. (Note to self: implement auto-update feature next time, blast it.)

Thanks for reading, everyone!
posted by Virmir on March 31st, 2009 for Comic 32
Hey folks,

We have a chat now! Many more features than the shoutbox/page, so come check it out! Same login as the forums. I will be on whenever I'm working on a comic, which translates to many hours of the day on weekends and some evenings. :)
New Format
posted by Virmir on March 21st, 2009 for Comic 31
Extra tall comic today! We'll actually be doing bigger pages from here on out since I obviously have problems keeping the speech bubbles contained within the comic panels. ;)

Shout Page + News RSS
posted by Virmir on February 1st, 2009 for Comic 24
I added a Shout Page in case you want to shout without squinting. ;) Same data as the shoutbox and all.

Also, due to popular demand, news posts have been added to the RSS feed. Probably should have done that in the first place. ;)
posted by Virmir on February 1st, 2009 for Comic 24
If you're coming in from the front page, you'll notice a nifty new shoutbox to the left. May tweak it a bit, but for now, have fun! The login is the same as the forums, so if you're already signed up, you're ready to go.
posted by Virmir on January 17th, 2009 for Comic 22
Tod is giving away free buttons TODAY ONLY!

That rapscallion, him. ;)
More Voting Incentives
posted by Virmir on January 10th, 2009 for Comic 21
Flashback time!

Also I think I'll get in the habit of updating the voting incentives every comic update. At least for a while. :)
Voting Incentives
posted by Virmir on January 3rd, 2009 for Comic 20
This is pretty fun... I added extra-large comic panels in sketch, inked, and fully colored phases as incentive images to the voting pages. Vote to see them!
Schedule Update
posted by Virmir on December 20th, 2008 for Comic 18
Hey folks!

Yeah, three times per month is pretty lame... So we're going to try updating weekly now like a real comic. Expect a new page every Saturday! We'll try this schedule for a month or two and see how it works out.
About the Comic
posted by Virmir on November 23rd, 2008 for Comic 15
Yay! I finally wrote a decent About page.
Little Behind-the-Scenes Look
posted by Virmir on November 2nd, 2008 for Comic 13
Hey folks!

Just for fun I thought I'd go through a step-by-step how I made page 13. I'm always fascinated reading how artists do their work, so thought people may be interested in how I do things. You can read the article here.
Site Launched!
posted by Virmir on September 9th, 2008 for Comic 8
And we're live!

A huge thanks to all those supporting this crazy project so far. The new website is up, we've got a buffer of comics assembled, and several more scripted out. We're ready to go!

Crimson Flag will be updating three times per month -- every 10th, 20th, and 30th. I figure a slow and steady pace is best to start things out. ;)

Thanks for reading! And be sure to stop by the forums to say hi!
posted by Virmir on August 2nd, 2008 for Comic 7
The site is currently in pre-launch beta phase, meaning I'm still working on getting things together. No new comics will be added until things are 100%. We will also be working on a few more comics to have as a buffer before the big launch-- maybe less than a month away!

Though things are still under construction, feel free to have a look around!