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Fledgling Friday: The Timeless

Hello reader(s) and welcome to another Fledgling Friday spotlight!

This week we get to meet

The Timeless, from Vivifica Studios.

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In 2013, independent comic creators Jolene Houser, Dana Skvarek, and Andy Bohn banded together to form Vivifica Studios an “independent publisher of comics, short stories, and web-comics… from up-and-coming artists from all over the globe.”

Their flagship series, The Timeless, stars a pantheon of beings, each named after one of the signs of the western Zodiac. The comic follows these eponymous Timeless as they influence the world towards a particular goal. But is that goal salvation… or destruction?

In premise, The Timeless is very reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s master series The Sandman (which I very recently finished yeah!). Some might even see this series as an imitation… which I’d have no problem with. It’d be great to have more stories like The Sandman and Neil Gaiman is a particularly bright star in the world of comics – shooting for that star only serves to show the ambition of the creators.

The art is a bit rough in places and the paneling’s very basic, but for a free webcomic, this is still a high quality production. I, for one, am most certainly interested in seeing more of it.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.”

 

 


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.


Frightful Friday: Scaredemy

October is over, but there’s just enough Halloween spirit left over to muster together one final Frightful Friday spotlight.

What could be scarier than going back to school? How about going to one full of monsters? Today we take a tour of…

Scaredemy, by Zack Slade.

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Simon was just your average boy, with average intelligence and average looks. That is, until he found his dad’s old Scaredemy yearbook.

– From the Students page

Concept wise, Scaredemy is a comedy about surviving school life… except the main character, Simon, literally has to survive a school full of actual monsters. The idea’s not completely new, but it’s done nicely here with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and jabs at both school culture and monster tropes and even a few at Harry Potter (Simon discovers he’s an alchemist and is enrolled in a school to learn “magic”).

The art is good; stylized, kid-friendly, but fairly crisp, colorful and all around great at depicting monsters and school life with a humorous bend. It looks like it’s taken some inspiration from classic comic strips, but I can’t say it’s derivative or generic. It has its own look and style and pulls it off wonderfully.

If you can’t bring yourself to say goodbye to Halloween just yet, why not try giving Scaredemy a read through? What’s the worst that could happen?