First and foremost, thanks to Prateek Chakraborty for being enthusiastic and encouraging throughout the entire process. Your almost instant feedback on every chapter has helped me immensely, not to mention the thorough editing you’ve done to make the text read a lot better and to weed out some glaring plot holes! Thanks also for introducing me to the Worm web serial.

To Bidisha Basu, thanks for being interested in this story. Your suggestions and comments have been very helpful and encouraging. I remember being thrilled to know that you liked it. Here’s wishing you all the best with your own novel. It’s brilliant and I can’t wait to read the finished version!

Many thanks to Adarsh Panicker for the awesome artwork you created for this! Sorry for adding extra work on your plate right before your vacation. Thanks so much for putting up with my excessive requests!

To Nayantara, thanks for being involved in this right from the start and for sharing your unfiltered thoughts. Sorry for being annoying all the time and for making you worry!

Thanks to Indradeep Bhattacharya, Nishant Shah, Chaitanya Deshpande, Kumar Deshpande and Kanishk Mehta, who have helped me in the planning stages of the process, in their own ways.

I’d also like to express my gratitude to all the people who have given me feedback at various stages of this project. From when it was only a single-page concept, to when I tried turning it into a webcomic, to when it was almost ready to release. Your comments and kind words have kept me at it!

A special mention goes to Leaping Windows Comic Library and Cafe, for the best job in the world that allowed this story to come through like it did, and also for the inspiring collection of comic books that were always at my disposal!

Microsoft has my gratitude for Word, OneDrive and OneNote, which allow me to write and easily keep track of all my ideas no matter where I am — on the phone when travelling, on the web at work, and on my PC at home.

I’d like to mention some of the series that have especially inspired this story: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Worm the web serial by John McCrae a.k.a. Wildbow, The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé, Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi, Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa and Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

And for some of the music that assists me, I thank Poets of the Fall, Matchbox Twenty, Bombay Bicycle Club, HIM, Oasis, Switchfoot, The Beatles, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Fukuyama Masaharu, Shirō Sagisu and Yui.

Thanks to White Falcon Publishing for providing a simple and efficient platform that allowed me to self-publish the first book.

And finally, thank you for choosing to read Ethereel!