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    Author Notes:

    I've written many stories over the years. I think it's safe to say that Earth in a Pocket is my most personal one.

    Three years ago when the story was forming in my head, I felt like I had metaphorically crash landed on a desolate alien planet. I was beginning to realise that the things I had spent many years of my life preparing myself to do weren't going to pan out due to circumstances outside my control, and that I was going to have to try to find purpose in the situation I was in. Little by little, page by page, I tried hard to learn that lesson alongside the characters.

    The wonderful thing is that in the same way Halisi's mission failure opens opportunities for her she couldn't have imagined (like teaching alien children about badgers...) this comic has led me to lots of exciting new things. I've given talks in schools. I've contributed to a kids magazine. I've undertaken a writer's residency at a museum. I've created an educational science comic. I've started selling at conventions. Best of all, I've met a bunch of incredible people. I'd especially like to thank everyone atthe webcomic collective SpiderForest for accepting Earth in a Pocket, and giving me so much help and guidance.

    So what's next?

    I would love to create a print version of Earth in a Pocket - an ultimate version with some updated artwork and expanded scenes. Organising that, either through a publisher or through crowdfunding, will take a while, so please keep in touch! You can find
    plenty of ways to keep in touch here.

    I'd also recommend checking out my other comics.

    If you've enjoyed the comic, please tell your friends. I've put hundreds (thousands?!) of hours into this comic over the years and it makes me very happy when other people read it!

    Thanks again, everyone. See you in the future!

    - Helen


    11th Feb 2020, 10:14 PM
    Oouu I really like the colors used in this comic
    11th Feb 2020, 10:42 PM
    Thanks! The alien setting meant I could go completely wild with all the crazy shades I wanted, which was a blast.
    11th Feb 2020, 10:16 PM
    Well done. I hate seeing this story end, but that just reinforces how great it was. I am glad Halisi found her way home again and had so much to share. Bless her and her dear father.
    11th Feb 2020, 10:42 PM
    Thanks MK, for all your lovely supportive comments along the way! I'm pleased you enjoyed it.
    11th Feb 2020, 10:51 PM
    I speak from the heart.
    12th Feb 2020, 5:01 AM
    Woo, thank you for the ride!
    12th Feb 2020, 7:02 PM
    Beautiful ending to a lovely story! Thank you for letting us read it.
    14th Feb 2020, 12:11 PM
    Never got around to reading this even though I wanted to, so I ended up waiting till the end to binge all of it. It ended up not being about objects and artifacts as much as I thought it would, but I love the life lessons and the philosophizing (is that a word?) about the things that truly matter.

    Strange how you can grow so attached to a little alien thing over the span of just 100 pages, read in less than an hour. It was sad to say goodbye. On the other hand, it's great to see you complete a project that meant so much to you. Good luck with all your future endeavors!
    18th Feb 2020, 3:07 PM
    this story has a personal and warm place in my heart, amazing job!!
    19th Apr 2020, 1:12 PM
    Thanks for posting it all here, Leafa! It was lovely to read the ending - twice now. I can't believe I didn't say so the first time. I must have been very tired.

    I love Halisi's dad's space suit; very stylish! ^.^
    13th Oct 2020, 7:56 AM
    Read your comic from beginning to end and it was a great ride, especially the parts where Halisi grew wiser thru her experience on the purple planet. The part when Halisi and her father were reunited was specially heart warming.