The comic originally updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until its conclusion, though for a period it updated five days a week.
On Monday, February 28, 2005 the comic restarted, beginning with the very first strip; the intent was for comics to update daily, with a commentary by Aeire beneath each one. These rerun updates ceased in early March, and her only remark on the matter came via her LiveJournal community, after speculation as to where she was led to somebody linking to a comment she made in another LiveJournal. On April 13, she posted the following
On the October 24, 2006 Aeire posted in her LiveJournal that she has written comments for all remaining strips so they'll update automatically by Keenspace. She explained that her absence was due to her heavy work load, and that she'd like to start the QoW sequel if she loses her job.
On November 15, 2006 Chris Daily (Striptease) let slip in his LiveJournal that the QoW sequel would tentatively begin in January 2007. Aeire will do the writing, Chris will do the art. This was confirmed by Aeire in her LiveJournal. The comic, entitled Punch an' Pie , started on February 26, 2007.
Queen of Wands has a close relationship with R. K. Milholland's comic Something Positive. There have been several "crossover" plotlines, usually published simultaneously in both comics and sharing characters from each strip. The day after Queen of Wands ended, Kestrel was run over by a car in the background of Something Positive Aeire made no comment about whether this apparent death was canon, and many fans took it as a metaphorical statement about the comic's ending, or as Milholland's blunt response to speculation that Kestrel would join the cast of Something Positive. Other comic artists followed Milholland's lead in noting the end of Queen of Wands, with characters from Checkerboard Nightmare driving the car, and a subsequent appearance of Kestrel in the afterlife in Irregular Webcomic!
On November 30th 2005, the speculation ended when Kestrel joined the cast of Something Positive . It has been implied that she spent most of the time in the hospital, and many speculate she was in a coma. It has also been hinted that S*P character Avagadro was the driver who hit her, making the Checkerboard Nightmare theory questionable.
In 1996, Felix was seventeen and just out of high school. He met a girl named Julie and the two of them dated for a few months before they found out Julie was pregnant. They found out the baby would be a girl, and decided to name her Marie when she was born. However, when Felix told his parents about Julie and Marie, they were furious and refused to support Felix. Then, on Julie's 18th birthday, Julie's parents dropped in for a surprise visit, found Julie six months pregnant, and took her away, without leaving any contact information for Felix.
Felix became despondent, putting all his energy into contacting Julie, who never responded. He became goth, and met Kestrel, who was also goth at the time. They started dating, but Felix refused to label it as such; he felt it would be a betrayal to Julie.
After four months, Kestrel introduced Felix to Becca, a friend of hers. Becca and Felix became very close very quickly. Then, two months later (February 1998), Kestrel walked in on Becca and Felix sleeping together. Felix dumped Kestrel, saying that all she ever meant to him was a "pretty good fuck."
After driving all his friends away and sinking deeper and deeper into depression, Felix received an e-mail from Julie saying that she never wanted to talk with him again. Felix attempted suicide, but woke up in the hospital where his parents apologized for rejecting Julie. Slowly, Felix recovered and picked up his life again. He became engaged to another girl named Mary.
Around this time, Shannon was married and had a son named Joshua. Then, her husband divorced her and married Shannon's best friend, leaving Joshua with Shannon. In 1999, she met Kestrel working at the local Renaissance fair. Kestrel decided to cheer up Shannon, who was feeling dejected from the recent divorce. They were planning to become roommates when Felix showed up again, two years after he had first met Kestrel. Although Kestrel warned her against it, Shannon and Felix became fast friends. Two months later, Shannon gave up Joshua to live with his father, with visiting rights.
Then, as Kestrel was trying to organize that year's Renaissance Faire, history repeated itself. Mary's parents found out about her engagement to Felix, and refused to let her see Felix again. Felix cracked, and wanted to talk to Kestrel, who grudgingly agreed. He asked her if this was karma, punishing him for how he treated Kestrel in the past. Seeing how deeply sorry he was and how much he still loved Mary, Kestrel began to forgive Felix.
In order to cheer up the now-subdued Felix, Kestrel and Shannon asked him if he wanted to participate in the Ren Faire, since both Kestrel and Shannon already were planning to. He agreed. As the Faire drew nearer, Kestrel got more and more wrapped up in preparations, leaving Shannon and Felix to themselves most of the time.
Then, Shannon's ex-husband (who had custody of their son Joshua) informed Shannon that he was getting a court order to prevent Shannon from seeing Joshua again, as a psychologist had determined that her presence was bad for Joshua. Kestrel and Felix helped Shannon recover from her loss.
When the Ren Faire finally came around, there was another shock. Shannon announced to Kestrel that she and Felix were engaged, in order to provide family stability so that the court would give Joshua back to Shannon, after which she and Felix would divorce. Kestrel talked her out of this plan, but when Kestrel found an apartment that she and Shannon could share as roommates (as they had been planning), Shannon wanted Felix to room with them as well, and Kestrel didn't have the heart to say no.
Then, out of the blue, Shannon called Kestrel to announce that she and Felix had gotten married after all. Kestrel blew up at her for ignoring all her warnings and not even inviting her to her wedding, and left Shannon in tears. However, when Felix came by to apologize for everything, she managed to forgive them.
Two weeks later, Kestrel and the newlyweds Felix and Shannon moved into their apartment. A year after that, at the Renaissance Faire, Felix and Shannon renewed their wedding vows, and Kestrel was the maid of honor. They remained together until Kestrel and her kitty, Zot left for life in Boston, and a new comic series, Something Positive. By that time Shannon and Felix had started their own family, welcoming their infant daughter, Adrienne Kestrel, a few months prior to Kestrel's departure.
Kestrel is impulsive and eccentric to the point of childishness, when she wants to be. While she is obviously very intelligent, most of the time she prefers to have fun in every way she can. When asked about this by Shannon, she said "I'm an adult, and fully cognizant of the fact that there is no one around to tell me 'no.'" Easily distracted and easily amused, she frequently makes random comments and puts herself (along with Felix and Shannon) in embarrassing situations. (When Felix and Shannon embarrass her, however, she is quick to tell others that she doesn't know them.)
Felix's parents live in Boston.
Instant messaging, blogs doom good grammar; Am I krazee, or does YO sound more like a greeting than a shorthand way to say year-old?
Jul 13, 2006; I'm not a grammar Nazi. In fact, I'm a firm believer in writing as I would speak. But there's a new kind of writing out there,...