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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!

-Adam

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 1800s—a future where everyone can fly and there’s no such thing as wi-fi.

You can read I, Mummy here! And also go check out...



Retired warrior Dionisia’s 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.

Obscurato 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.

Enjoy!

-Adam

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:


Sombulus 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!


Cosmic Fish 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.


Castoff 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!

-Adam

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 Folklore’s 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 America’s most important (and perhaps least represented) cultures. James is part Native American, which in itself brought up a lot of questions I wasn’t 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. It’s out there. But if we’re honest with ourselves, why would we? It’s 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 can’t just do it on our own.

Maybe that’s 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 doesn’t receive recognition beyond caricatures in public media.

As artists, we’re 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. It’s not a lot. It deserves more than we can give. But it’s 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 you’d 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 you’re on Twitter, as both make fantastic art of their own!

https://twitter.com/saphaf

https://twitter.com/UltraAmpoule

I hope you enjoy “Thundering Bear”, along with our other short stories set in Folklore’s lore.

There’s a lot packed into this very small horror story, but I’m certain you’ll have wonderful time it. And if at least one of our readers walks away with a little more consideration for a culture that isn’t their own...I guess that’s mission accomplished.

-Adam