Fledgling Friday; Knights Errant: Pavane

Extra update, yay! It’s still Friday where I’m at, so I thought I’d make up for the missed update by posting an extra one.

This week my mystic, otherworldly powers have selected

Knights Errant: Pavane, by Jennifer Doyle.

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I was interested to learn that Knights Errant: Pavane is actually a reboot of an earlier comic – simply named Knights Errant – also by Jennifer Doyle. Although, the two comics are related, I feel this incarnation is new enough to stand on its own.

The art’s great – stylish and organic, with just a touch of that manga-esque influence that a lot of professional comics use nowadays. I’ve never read any of the original Knights Errant, but the dialogue and the panels here are so well used and the characters so well set up that even just eleven pages of comic is enough to get me very interested in finding out what’s going on.

Why is Beppe, a young prison guard, helping the swarthy inmate Wilfrid to escape? An ulterior motive? An act of infatuation? Both? I don’t know, but I really want to find out.

Disclaimer: Knights Errant: Pavane has some strong language, violence, and potentially adult themes.

 

 

 

 

Fledgling Friday: Thunderbird

Hey reader(s). I’m sorry for last week’s lack of a Fledgling Friday. I kinda ran out of new comics to talk about, but I have one now.

So, for the first Fledgling Friday in April, let’s take a gander at the appropriately named

Thunderbird, by Linkenlog.

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In a harsh desert landscape, where gods and magic are a part of life, no creature is more vital than the rain-bringing Thunderbird. But one day, the Thunderbird is attacked and, with its disappearance, everything is threatened. Young Molly Donelly works to protect her family after the loss of her father. When she finds a young Thunderbird, wounded and afraid, she begins a quest to reunite the baby with it’s vanished mother. But mysterious enemies prowl the desert…

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – I enjoy mythology-based stories and the Native American influence is well appreciated. The Thunderbird has always been one of my favorite mythical beings and I really like the style used to depict it here.

Even with only 30 pages, we’re still given a good feel for the characters – Molly’s character is the strongest, but her sisters, mother, and a few other characters all have moments when their personalities shine. I particularly love how Molly manages to blur gender lines – without being obvious about it – simply by being the “man” of the family.

Charming, amicable characters, colorful, stylish artwork, and a great setup for a fantasy story give Thunderbird everything it needs to soar to the top of my reading list.

“Thunderbird updates every Saturday, except when it doesn’t.”

 

 

Big News!

Hello again, reader(s)!

For nearly two years (wow, has it really been that long?) I’ve been writing my little blog, sharing my opinions of various webcomics and webcomic related things. I’ve learned quite a lot over the past twenty-two months such as how hard it can sometimes be to post on a schedule, or how sometimes it’s better to post nothing than something that isn’t ready. I’ve learned that there are far more creative people on the Internet than can even be counted and the Net is constantly being changed by their dedication and the things they create. In short, I’ve learned that the Internet can be a wonderful place.

And so, with that in mind, let me proudly announce my latest project…

I’m going to become an Internet reviewer!

That’s right - I’m going to review the Internet. All of it. I’m going to review every tired old meme, every top-trending video, and every half-hidden little journal blog. I’m going to opine about every last element of the Internet’s decades-long history, from Usenet and AOL, to Yahoo and Google, Myspace, Facebook, Youtube, Wikipedia, Amazon, and every single website that has ever graced the optic cables of the Web. Most exciting of all – this means I’ll get to review other reviewers! That Guy with the Glasses, Red Letter Media, all of them will be fair game.

Of course this might take a while, so from now on, Bedlam Reviews will update 50 times a day, every day, for the foreseeable future, until I’ve succeeded in laying down my opinion on every last aspect of the Internet, dark net, bright net, all of it.

So strap yourselves in… because you’re all coming along for the ride.

 

Fledgling Friday: Blindsprings

Welcome back to Fledgling Friday!

I know it’s been a while, but I thought it was high time we shined the spotlight on another promising comic. So, for the first Fledgling Friday of the year – and to celebrate the arrival of Spring – let’s take a look at…

Blindsprings, by Kadi Fedoruk.

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Blindsprings is an all ages comic, featuring magic, secret societies and hidden gateways to fantastic places. The comic should appeal to anyone who loves Ghibli or Disney animated movies!

- from the About page.

Enchanting artwork and delectable colors are certainly the best way to catch a curious comic-reader’s attention. A subtle story with enigmatic, expressive characters also helps to keep their interest. Thankfully, Blindsprings has ample amounts of both.

A strange girl in the forest, an ambitious young man, and mysterious otherworldly beings are just a few of the elements that make this fairy tale-inspired work so captivating. I love the soft art, the depictions of time passing, and the budding relation/friendship between the two lead characters in the beginning. It can be a little confusing, but, like all the best fairy tales, there are depths of subtlety that are best experienced when read more than once.

Blindsprings updates very regularly every Tuesday and Thursday.