Mega Post-TCAF Update! - 16/05/2018
Woah, we're back!
TCAF was absolutely incredible, but we're happy to be home. We met a lot of brilliant artists, said hi to a fan or two, and completely sold out of Folklore. Amazing!
TCAF wasn't just a time for us to promote our work, but also a rare moment where we could plot out the rest of this year without any outside distractions. We're excited to say we've got a lot of incredible stuff in store -- most of which we're happy to tell you about!
You can read all about what's ahead for 2018 over on our Patreon here
Thanks for all your support!
Hello, Toronto! - 07/05/2018
We're...invading? Infesting? Visiting?
Either way you look at it, Colin and I will be at TCAF this weekend (May 12-13) sitting in a very tightly cramped space while yelling at people to submit to our capitalist agenda.
You should totally come visit us.
We'll have copies of Folklore Volume 1 for sale, plus a couple of other cool things like bookmarks and prints. We'll also give out a high five or two, but those are only on request. Secret menu level stuff.
You can find us on the second floor at table Q12, unless they decide to move us last minute. If that's the case, now you're involved in a real life version of Where's Waldo. Dibs on being the dog with glasses.
We're really excited to be a part of this incredibly cool event. Hope you see you there!
We're back! - 18/04/2018
Oh, did we mention we're updating again? Expect to see new Folklore updates each week!
We have other announcements too, but we'll have to wait just a little while longer to share those. Don't worry -- it's all pretty cool stuff!
A Short Break! - 19/03/2018
Welp, it looks like Issue 5 is going to take a little longer than we expected! Instead of worrying about filling in these next couple of updates with bonus content we're working hard instead to complete Issue 5.
Boring, we know. But we expect new updates to be released late March / early April.
To add to our failures we also totally didn't properly update our posting page with a few of our fellow Spiderforest comic companions...but that's ok! Since we're taking a break from Folklore, let's catch up on a couple other fantastic comics. Starting with...
An impulsive teenager turned mummy investigates her own murder with the assistance of a cantankerous ghost. Our story occurs in a future based on predictions from the late 1800sa future where everyone can fly and theres no such thing as wi-fi.
You can read I, Mummy here!
And also go check out...
Retired warrior Dionisias quiet life as a grandmother is interrupted when an old friend is in need of saving. With her past catching up to her she is about to discover just how magic left her world, and have to decide if it is worth bringing back.
takes place in a Medieval inspired fantasy world where magic is the stuff of fairy tales. Our heroine Dionisia has a secret and to protect it she enlists the help of her husband Larkin, his upstart squire Joseph, and the ever loyal Ram. They may be in over their heads as the malevolent forces behind the mystery could be more than they can handle.
Our Interview with Hillside House Productions - 30/01/2018
Woah, our first radio interview!
Colin and I have done a couple of podcasts, but this was my first time flying solo in a live interview so I was definitely a little nervous. Somewhere within all the rambling I talk about Folklore, webcomics, and some of my thoughts on our incredible indie industry!
It was a lot of fun, the kind of thing I'd love to do ahead if someone found it helpful. You can listen to the whole interview here
SpiderForest Comic of the Week, a new short story, and more!
We're a bit late on the New Years post, but have a Happy New Year anyway!
It's not often that we update this main page, and it's our goal to make a few more announcements here over the coming months to help better show off what's going on in Folklore's development. Patreon supporters know we update regularly there, but there's still plenty of stuff we can share with you here too.
We've got a few awesome announcements for today's post, first starting off with a brand new short story: Terror in the Dark.
I wanted to write a horror story about depression, without many of the usual tropes that accompany it. To me, that mostly meant no monsters that represent sadness. No tricks. Something honest.
The result was this one-shot. There's a lot happening in this little space. I'm not sure if we'll continue spending time with this group, but I think there may be more to tell here. Maybe you guys can let me know.
This time of year can be incredibly lonely for those who weren't able to spend time with family, or who will be entering 2018 perhaps feeling a uncertain of themselves.
You're definitely not alone. Reach out to family, friends, or anyone you feel comfortable talking to. Speaking from personal experience, it won't fix everything, but it will help. That's a start.
On a little more of an upbeat note, SpiderForest is showing off some of its incredible artists with a Comic of the Week spotlight. If you aren't already, you should definitely give these guys a look:
by Christina Major- Sombulus is a world-hopping adventure about a curious tinkerer who talks to machines, a magical scavenger, and a zealous paladin. Together, they travel the Myriad Worlds, leaving each place a little more weird than the last!
by Eliana Falcon - Rejected and hunted down by the planetary guardians, Acantha and her monstrous kind have taken it upon themselves to solve the mystery of their origins and find their place in the universe they are forced to call home.
by Star Prichard - Vector always dreamed of traveling. He got kidnapped instead. Now, with the help of a short-tempered bounty hunter, a happy-go-lucky cartographer, and many more unlikely friends, he has to try to make it home in one piece.
Till next time!
On Diversity & Our Latest Short Story
We made this post on our Patreon page, but since our latest short story "Thundering Bear" has just completed, it seemed right to post it here too:
When I first started writing Folklore I went out of my way to include backgrounds that were a little more culturally reflective of my experience with the modern world. A well educated young black man. A female journalist, dedicated to her work, with a sharp tongue and no remorse. An older German woman, survivor of hardship but all the better for it. Two men offering differing sides to the military -- kind and supporting, unrelenting and unapologetic.
That left only one character in our cast to be fleshed out, James. Best known for being a rude eater, his heritage is incredibly important to Folklores history. It would be a sin to write a comic that takes place in the midwest without including someone that has a background in one of Americas most important (and perhaps least represented) cultures. James is part Native American, which in itself brought up a lot of questions I wasnt prepared to answer.
What exactly is a tribe? What does life look like on a reservation? How do they access medical services? Roads? Social gatherings? How different should an Indigenous person look compared to everyone else?
Life differs from place to place, and if you have the willpower you can look up a lot of this information online. Its out there. But if were honest with ourselves, why would we? Its hard to bring yourself to care about a culture so far removed from our own. Embracing diversity and developing empathy take time and exposure to a people. We cant just do it on our own.
Maybe thats why no one seems to give a shit as thousands of Indigenous women go missing every year. Or when corporations violate land laws to build chemical venting pipelines through their territory. Plights go largely ignored because they are a culture that doesnt receive recognition beyond caricatures in public media.
As artists, were in a very unique position to help change that.
When it comes to an online presence, Folklore is a drop in the bucket. Not a very large drop at that either. But if you have any kind of audience in social media I believe you have an obligation to talk about things that matter.
Thundering Bear is our way of giving Native American culture and history a bit of the attention it deserves. Its not a lot. It deserves more than we can give. But its our hope that through the eyes of Jane Pilton and the residents of Open Sky Reservation you can see a life far more normal than youd perhaps imagine.
Or, as normal as living in a post-apocalyptic horror story can be.
I would like to thank indigenous artists Saph and UltraAmpoule, for providing the insight and information needed to help shape Indigenous life in the world of Folklore. Please give them a follow if youre on Twitter, as both make fantastic art of their own!
I hope you enjoy Thundering Bear, along with our other short stories set in Folklores lore.
Theres a lot packed into this very small horror story, but Im certain youll have wonderful time it. And if at least one of our readers walks away with a little more consideration for a culture that isnt their own...I guess thats mission accomplished.
October Recommendations, Continued!
Another round of recommendations, this time all about Adventuring: The Advanced Course!
Description: Retired warrior Dionisias quiet life as a grandmother is interrupted when an old friend is in need of saving. With her past catching up to her she is about to discover just how magic left world, and have to decide if it is worth bringing back.
Beneath the clouds
Desciption: Genza, a exiled nobleman-turned-mon, is offered a chance to redeem himself by undertaking a perilous journey to Heian Kyo. Will Genza be prepared to confront his own demons in order to save the life of the man who exiled him, will his daughter Masako make a new life for herself in the city, and does a stranger met on the road offer a chance for a new war forward?
Description: A comedia tale of romance, depression and magic users! Follow the adventures of Blue Wizard & Hex Witch as they survive dungeons, goblins, and long term relationships! Along the way they will encounter both friend, foe and ex-boyfriends. NSFW
October Recommendation - I, Mummy
Another recommendation! Honestly if you even slightly enjoy Folklore then a story about a mummy's steampunk adventures should be right in your wheelhouse.
An impulsive teenagger turned mummy investigates her own murder with the assistance of a cantankerous ghost. Our story occurs in a futre based on predictions from the late 1800s -- a future where everyone can fly and there's no such thing as wi-fi.
October Webcomic Recommendations!
We expect that Folklore will be back to regular updates by the end of October, but while we're waiting perhaps you've got the time for a few fun recommendations? Each October SpiderForest takes the time to promote its new members (including us!). Comics are split into themes to make them a little easier to categorize, so if you enjoy the work we do we highly recommend checking out our suggestions throughout the month!
This week's theme is...
Hidden Magical Worlds!
Heart of Keol
Description: Ethan is a young man with a broken family. After an encounter with a mysterious child, he wakes up in a strange world that looks a lot like ancient Koreaâexcept with magic. Even with all this frenzy happening around him, he can't seem to shake off his family baggage...
Tistow: Small Trolls
Description: Jahko and Veeti live out daily adventures in the nearby woods, helping fairies build houses, outwitting monsters, gathering seeds with trolls and helping wisps grow saplings. Under the guidance from Jahko's grandmother and the woodland spirits, the boys will learn the ways of the shaman and to respect nature.
Children of Eldair
Description: Koe finds a young woman held by demons, kidnapped from Earth and brought to his world by fairies. Can he help Embera get back home, and will his own world survive the journey?
If you're a regular around here you may have noticed we suddenly gained a little banner at the top. That's because we're now part of the SpiderForest family!
SpiderForest is a webcomic collective of like-minded webcomic creators! For us, it means a bigger audience. For you, it means a broad spectrum of new comics we think are pretty awesome.
If you're just checking us out from wandering SpiderForest's web, welcome! The heart of our story is just getting into swing, and we're so glad you could join us at this really exciting turning point. Big things are coming, and we're so pumped to be able to share it with this brilliantly creative network.
A short break...
I thought this post was pretty important, so I decided to leave it here on the Home page where it can stand tall!
When I first started writing Folklore I know exactly the kind of story I wanted to tell. One where normal people would try to cope with the horror of living in a world without heroes, and where heroes had to face the consequences of their reckless heroism.
Colin and I started planning this world of monsters where ambiguous science creates a nightmare...then we hit a problem. How do we get a reader to care about a world that's already thrown into total chaos? You need to see it fall. You need to see people cope with that kind of societal collapse.
So we took a step back from the story we really, truly wanted to bite into, and created Folklore's first three issues. We've called it a lot of things during its creation. Prologue comes up the most. Officially we've shared three chapters of this story, but behind the scenes we've always considered this to be just beginning.
The introduction is behind us now. Folklore will be on a short break while we work on completing Issue 4, but we'll try and fill the coming weeks with a bit of art to keep you all amused.
Starting with Issue 4, the real story begins. Thanks for being a part of this journey!
Folklore Vol 1 Pre-Order!
Woah there! A new news post!?
Colin and I spend so much time worrying about what to post on Patreon and our mirror sites that we often forget about our tiny little news space here. But not today!
Today we're proud to announce the start of pre-orders for Vol 1 of Folklore -- which includes Issues 1-3 in full, condensed in a neat little print package.
It was always our goal to offer collections of Folklore with the closure of every story arc, and we're so proud and excited to reach this enormous milestone in our work.
If you've enjoyed reading Folklore as much as we've enjoyed creating it, maybe you'll want a small piece to own as well. This pre-order will be on till August 8, and you can reach it via the link below or our super handy pre-order button.
Thank you all for your support!
Welcome Friends, New and Old
A website has been a long time coming for Folklore. Not because we've been unhappy with our current webcomic platforms (Tapastic and Webtoons are awesome) but because it marks a turning point in our production of Folklore.
For a long time we imagined that Folklore would be a story we released in pieces. Complete a few issues, create a collection, then send it out into the wild to be judged. Never during our initial production did we even say the word 'webcomic'. It just never really dawned on us that maybe we could fit into this creative space.
After the completion of Issue 1 we launched our Patreon and were floored by the amount of support we received from friends, family, and total strangers. Knowing you're creating something special is a little different than seeing that same enthusiasm echo in others.
If you've been following us on Tapas and Webtoons, thank you for your support from the bottom of our hearts. We'll still be updating on those platforms regularly, so you'll still be able to find Folklore on your preferred webcomic network!
For those new here we hope you enjoy every page of our work. We love to hear your thoughts, your feedback, and your criticism, so never hesitate to share what's on your mind. If there's something we can do better, we want to do it.