* The reading direction in this story should generally follow the flow of the dialog bubbles, or the flow of action. But if you're still not sure, feel free to ask for clarification.
* (page 2) Crowley shells were a form of currency in ancient cultures.
* (page 3) They were eating roasted snakes.
* (page 8) the comb came from someone in the tribe
* (page 10) Trapmaster is from their own tribe. Here they bumped into a competing raider tribe (that had higher regard for snakes).
* (page 12-16) Implied trading of children as bride or sacrifice
* (page 25) Tao Tie (饕餮) is a mythological creature. The version in the story is inspired by the idea of it.
* (page 27) Enem is like a "given name" back at their tribe, whereas Von is a (self-)chosen name; Saber is a chosen name; these are not meant to correlate to modern Han Chinese names at all, but I know what I'll translate them as
* Most of the Oracle Bone Script in the story were based on actual scripts (they are not explained here to simulate a mythical language that the protagonists couldn't understand), but later on I may invent one or two. ;)
* This graphic novel was made in 2011. You can buy a print-on-demand version (6"x9" dimension) at IndyPlanet. Thank you. :)
When tradition demanded that only a son of the tribe leader can succeed him, a determined little girl put all her faith in a fairytale that could make her the next chief.
At 172 pages, "Heart of A Colt" was my first graphic novel. The project was started and completed in 2011. The story is simple and the writing even simpler, but the subject matter(s) may not be comfortable for some readers (child endangerment, implied slavery/sacrifice, subconscious death wish, blood, etc.). You can buy the print-on-demand version at IndyPlanet (the amazon version is larger and needed white border padding to fit their size), which includes a few pages of notes on Oracle Bone Script shown in the story. Thank you.