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So ends Impure Blood.

Back in 2009 I was struggling to find work. My new girlfriend, Nadja, had stumbled upon Zuda, DC Comics now defunct webcomic talent search. We had just started dating, she a hobby writer and I, a freelance Illustrator and wannabe comic artist, so it made sense to collaborate. Nadja had an epic high-fantasy story she had written in high school that she thought I could adapt to the comics medium. We both had recently become aware of the growing steampunk movement and decided that might be more visually interesting than a traditional medieval fantasy. We were finalists in the contest. We didn’t win, but we had already decided that we were going toΒ  continue with the series no matter what happened. Thus was born Impure Blood. We also decided that it was going to have an ending. We had both seen franchises we loved overstay their welcome, grow stale, or become a caricature of itself, and we didn’t want that to happen. We wanted to tell a complete satisfying story, and that includes resolution.

So here we are, and it hardly seems real. We’ve learned a lot, of course, about the business and craft of producing indie comics, (Kickstarter didn’t even exist when we started!), but also about working together as collaborators, spouses, and parents. As we have joked with people at comic cons, there’s a lot of over lap in those skill sets. Will there be more Impure Blood someday? Anything’s possible. Selling hundreds of thousands of books and countless fans clamoring for a sequel would certainly increases the possibility πŸ˜‰ But for now, it’s time to put it to bed and move on to other things. Nadja is writing novels (check out her Eternal Watch saga) and I have enough work to keep me busy well into the new year (keep an eye out for StrategyMan vs. the Anti-Strategy Squad, written by Rich Horwath).

To keep up with our doings, follow us on Twitter (@NadjaBaer Β @NathanLueth), Instagram (nadjabaer,Β Β nathanlueth). For all future Impure Blood news and updates, check out and like the official Impure Blood Facebook page.

For me it’s not totally over yet… I still have the cover of Volume 4 to do, plus formatting and ordering books. If you pre-ordered Volume 4, we thank you for your patience, understanding, and support. Please be assured that we will be getting those out to you as soon as possible. Keep and eye on our social media for updates. All four volumes will be available for purchase from our store, which you can find directly under where the comic page appears.

Thanks to my wife, Nadja Baer, without whom I would not now have the greatest work of my artistic career. You have taught me how dangerous it can be to complain to you about not having anything to do. You have also made me a better person, even if I haven’t always wanted to be one.

Thanks to my parents for never telling me to get a “real” job.

Thanks to my color flatter, Samantha Somers, who has gracefully put up with my sometimes inadequate communication skills, some extremely tight turnaround times (sometimes less than 24 hours!), having me constantly tweak her work, and has never complained about it once. At least not to me.

And thanks to our readers who have bought books, donated, shared our comic with friends, stopped by our table at conventions, or otherwise encouraged us to keep this project going. Your support has made this endeavor worthwhile.

May this and all your future Mondays be happy.

-Nathan Lueth, Illustrator

  1. Bob says:

    Imma miss checking this site for new panels every Monday morning. Bravo on concluding with gusto!

    • Nathan Lueth says:

      Gusto is what we do! Thanks for reading and commenting all these years, by the way. Don’t be afraid to poke Nadja about how the Redemption sequel is coming along, too πŸ˜‰

  2. Mary says:

    It’s quite a story!

    • Nathan Lueth says:

      Thanks Mary! Glad you liked it! I think you’re probably one of our earliest reader/commenters. Thanks for sticking with us for so long!

  3. Jill meilahn says:

    I have fallen in love with these characters. I am so going to miss them. I guess Monday’s will have to be spent re-reading the books! Congratulations on a job well done.

    • Nathan Lueth says:

      I have no plans to take it down, so hopefully we will gain some new readers, even if we aren’t producing any new pages.

  4. Kelly says:

    I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for all your hard work. <3

    • Nathan Lueth says:

      T’was my pleasure. Thanks for READING all our hard work!

  5. Solace Firebird says:

    Aw, this was great.
    It was also fascinating to watch your art change slowly over the course of the comic! XD

    • Nathan Lueth says:

      Thanks! So glad you like it! This project has definitely help me refine my style, so it’s nice that someone has noticed that. I do have to say that I find the early pages more cringe-inducing than fascinating, though XD

  6. Abibliboop says:

    I just discovered this comic today. I am both saddened because the story is over, and greatly happy to have had such a wonderful read. Thanks for taking the time to tell and illustrate a wonderful story set in a very interesting world. Really hope you both collaborate more in the future.

    • Nathan Lueth says:

      It was our pleasure. Thanks so much for your kind words. Would you mind taking a minute to copy/paste that review on Amazon?
      Consider it a fair trade for the read πŸ˜‰ Thanks again!

  7. Kiersten says:

    But Auhle is still out there! Do ya’ll think you’ll ever come back to this story in the future? πŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing it, I really enjoyed it.

    • Nathan Lueth says:

      And thank you for reading. So glad you enjoyed it.
      We don’t currently have any plans to return to the world of Impure Blood, but we’re not opposed to it either. We’ve both moved on to other projects at the moment but if someday there’s enough demand for it, we would gladly make more.
      Personally, I’m trying to talk Nadja into writing a buddy-comedy with Roan and Caspian XD

  8. Zinjanthropus says:

    I discovered this comic quite some time ago (I don’t even remember how long), but I stopped reading it at one point, and couldn’t remember what was going on when I came back to it, and so I decided to start from the very beginning. I’m really glad I did, This was a great story. Good job NaΒ² πŸ˜€

  9. Bethany says:

    I met you at Siouxpercon this past Friday and was really interested in Impure Blood, so I made sure to follow the page on Facebook and learned that I could read the comics on the webpage — I just intended to read the first chapter and make sure I was going to enjoy the series before I had my parents get it for me for Christmas . . . Well, I had the first 11 chapters read before supper last night and made it part-way through chapter 16 before I fell asleep last night. I finished up this morning and am in love with the comic and the world you guys made! Excellent writing and artwork! I am definitely going to want the actual comics (I prefer to have a real book to hold) and look forward to reading others things both of you have worked on!

    • Nathan Lueth says:

      Thanks Bethany!
      So glad we were able to capture your attention like that. High praise indeed! I will be back to Siouxpercon next year, but if you can’t wait that long, all four volumes of Impure Blood are available on And if you wanted to leave a glowing 4-star review there as well, it would certainly be appreciated πŸ˜‰

      Thanks again for your glowing endorsement. Feedback like that means worlds to us.

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