--the comic

Catalyst is a fantasy story about a woman who isn't so young anymore, her illness, and her obsession with curing it.

Once upon a time, little Kai' was content to live in the isolated Iredean mountains, with the center of her life based in her little village and her big brother Rune. That was many months ago. Now, the woman named Elei has lured her and Rune far away, and Kai is the rope in a tug of war, loved, hurt and betrayed; all for a Gift she cannot see, use or care about.

Catalyst is my highschool project. When I wrote it, I was a 15-year-old wannabe punk who wore black all the time in a tropical country (which makes no sense. Fortunately, I was a teenager, and we don't have to!) and I've been plodding along with it ever since.

-- contact

I like hearing from people! =D Email me at

enaikelt (at) gmail.com.

I'll get back to you pretty fast. I check my email with the same sort of neurotic obsession people associate with squirrels and nuts. Delicious, delicious nuts.

--the artist

Name: Esther Chuah
Alias: Crystal
Websites: DeviantArt

helloooo! :D It's me! It's me!

My name is Esther. :3 I'm a computer programmer and kind of like an artist on the side.

I'm in my early twenties and I'm Malaysian, but I'm working in Wisconsin right now. Aside from art and code, I also enjoy tango, swing/blues, trashy romance novels, shopping, nail polish, manga, and reading XKCD off of the office doors of coworkers.

And if you name me a Disney song I can probably sing it.

--faq / random comic facts
I love random facts. =D Here are some of mine.

  1. If I could go back and redo Catalyst all over again,

    - I'd make Elei ambiguously coffee coloured. I admit it, I just selected a skin-like colour one day, and said "This will be the skin colour for all my characters!"
    - I'd rewrite the whole story, from the bottom up. It wasn't intended to end or develop this way at first, and it shows. I'd also get rid of about four chapters, torment Rune more, and make Kai' less of a wimp.
    - I'd give someone PYROMANIA. ;D Or maybe not.

  2. I used to draw stupid comics all the time in highschool. Unlike Catalyst, they were actually pretty funny. To this day I'm not sure how Catalyst got all serious. I like funny comics.

Catalyst is written and drawn by Esther Chuah, 2005 and hosted on SpiderForest.com.