Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the name “Dicebox” come from?
The title Dicebox was inspired by the Nordic rune Peorth, which is the “dice cup” or the “womb.” Its significance in a casting is of something revealed that had been hidden, though it can also stand for a gamepiece or a pawn.
This in turn resonates with a long fascination of mine for dice and playing cards and their everyday commonness combined with rich symbolic meaning. (Not so much that they are used for gambling as well as fortune telling—though I got the humor of that before leaving grade school.)
I’m fascinated by the way one recognizes the fifth side of a die in less than an instant without counting the dots—it’s an alternate symbol “5.” And how they are called “bones” in reference to the material they used to be made from. Well, by my grandfather anyway…
That said, the occasional appearance of dice in this story signifies nothing.
What sex or gender is Griffen?
Griffen’s sex is female. Her gender is a little more elusive (as is anyone’s).
Has Molly always been missing the ring finger of her right hand?
Within the story Dicebox, yes.
Under usual circumstances once a week on Tuesday.
Ideally, a page goes up at Midnight (PST) between Monday and Tuesday, though it’s not unusual for it to go up a bit later, and occasionally so late as to flirt with Wednesday. If I can’t make an update in a given week, I’ll say so on the Dicebox Home Page and in my Twitter feed and mention delays only on Twitter.
All that said, having a toddler daughter (and day job) often makes for unusual circumstances, and there will be hiccups.
When it does update, I make note of it on the Home Page, notify the Dicebox Mailing List, make an announcement in my Twitter account, post a note on the Dicebox Facebook page and (occasionally) mention it in my journal which feeds into my Live Journal.
How long does it take for you to do a page of Dicebox?
On average it takes me about 10 to 14 hours to do a page, from thumbnails to finishes. I’ve done a page in as little as 8 hours and have taken as long as 30 hours.
How do you create a page of Dicebox?
This page, though woefully out of date, explains the gist of it. Many of the particulars have changed and I’ve become vastly more efficient and digital in my approach.
Are you really planning to do 4 Books?
I have a this really great idea for a comic, do you want to draw it?
In a word: No.
Mind you, I’ve liked the ideas people have pitched at me in the past and hope to see some of them actually make print. But I have a great day job already and prefer to save all my comicking energy for my own stuff.
Hell, I won’t even draw my husband’s stories. Not on spec, anyway.
How about commissions or work-for-hire?
Yes, I’m available for illustrations, design and short comic work. Contact me with the details and we can work out the particulars such as scope, schedule and pay.