Aug.02.13 at 11:38 am
Since I read a LOT of comics in all forms, I figured it would be interesting to start writing a couple of recommendation posts for you guys. Sharing the love for comics and all that. Here are a few webcomics i've been checking out lately. I haven't read all the archives for all of them, but I like what I see so far, so i'm recommending these bad boys.

TROLL TOOTH

Troll Tooth is a fantasy/fairytale story based very, very loosely off the story East of the Sun and West of the Moon. The comic follows the young princess Sfen as she journeys to save her abducted brother from an arranged marriage with a troll. Now, it's pretty obvious a fairy tale based plot is kinda my thing. But East of the sun is one of my favorites, and I love seeing awesome retellings of it. And this is an awesome retelling of it.

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JUPITER PALLADIUM

For many years, Port Jupiter, Florida has housed one of America’s largest and most concentrated superhuman populations, with a long history of civil warfare and gang violence. But when the city is faced with a sudden increase in missing persons, someone finally takes matters into their own hands. And that someone is obviously a rag-tag band of misfits with superpowers. I always love stories that try to spin their own tale based on existing superhero stereotypes and tropes. This comic truly has fun with tropes, and is an intriguing coming of age story. Definitely a read for all you masked hero fans.

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The Weave

A story about mystery and magic in 1920’s New York, about a girl who’s luck suddenly takes a strange turn after she starts a new job working as a secretary for a house-bound businessman on a small secluded island in the Hudson Bay. I love the use of the 1920's, and I love that the creator is most likely going to play a lot with good old fairy lore. So yay! Also, loving the art.

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Heart of Roeses

An interesting take on Wonderland, where the people of the Hearts province no longer bear their own hearts. Instead, mechanisms resembling wind-up clocks have been inserted into their chests by their feared Queen, who holds the only key to wind their lives longer. Yeah. Missing hearts, fairy tale worlds, I know, I know. It's obvious where my loyalty lies. But it is a really good use of Wonderland. It's a place that is half-distressing, half-enchanting, as it should be. I recommend it to fans all over.

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Jul.21.13 at 04:27 am
Interesting find while cleaning out a box of papers: The original draft of the prologue and first chapter of Namesake. This is from late 2009. It’s handwritten because I wrote it during a couple of shifts at Bank of America, where all computer activity was logged so I didn’t want them to see what I was doing between phone calls, but now I do a good bit of the initial draft of Namesake material by hand.

I posted up the typed version of the prologue last year, but I’d forgotten about the first draft of chapter 1. The prologue was one of those rare instances where it was nailed on the first try, but Isa and I went through four or five radically different revisions of chapter 1 before we settled on the plot there, and then there was another revision (adding in Jack) while writing it.
 Here's the first page below, and you can view all the pages on my Tumblr.


Namesake prologue
May.22.13 at 08:54 pm
Hey folks! So, our store had been in limbo for awhile as we were trying to make the transition to the Hiveworks' store. That store is still in development, so for the forseeable future, our old store is alive and well! You can reach it here, and we have copies of Namesake vol. 1 in stock. I'm going to be updating with our new prints over the next few days as well. I'm sorry it's taken us so long to get back to you on that!
Apr.20.13 at 09:29 pm
(Yaaay, puns!)

To all you artists out there : an anthology of Oz short stories is looking for some artists. Me and Megan are doing a story for it (a story about Jinjur, my all-time favorite Oz character), and you guys should too! Take it from me - it's pretty darn fun to draw Oz stories. Here's the link, check it out : http://newhaven.craigslist.org/med/3755616674.html
Apr.05.13 at 06:14 pm
So, I saw the coolest thing on Tumblr last week -- Namesake fanfic. We've seen a lot of really awesome Namesake fanwork in the past year or so, ranging from beautiful pictures to exquisite clay figurines. We showcased some of them on the site during the Christmas holiday, and I got a surprise picture from one of our readers in the mail -- all the way from France!

Since our readership is growing, I wanted to go ahead and lay out our feelings on fanfic, fanart, and the like: Go on! Do it! Have fun. Isa and I met through the Slayers fandom, and we both still produce fanworks. Isa still makes great fanart, and you don't want to know the amount of Doctor/River Song fanfic I've written in nearly two years (let's just say more than 50). We do have a fanworks policy on site, which lays out the specific Creative Commons conditions. To quote from it, while Namesake is sketched out in its entirety, we wouldn’t be surprised if someone comes pretty close to where we’re headed, hence why I make it a policy not to read Namesake fanfic, even though I will reblog it when I see it. We don’t want you to feel like your work has been ripped off without credit.

So, have fun with fanart and fanfic! I think the best complement I've ever received is knowing that we've inspired someone else to create their own art.
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