SpiderForest would like to extend a big welcome to our newest members for the Spring 2017 application season! Check out their amazing comics!
Sword-Swinging, Spell-Slinging Fantasy
Monster Lands – A fantasy/dramedy story that focuses on the axe-wielding, monster-riding adventurer Othera as she battles against the tyranny of the evil queen Eren Lorry!
HELM – Embark on a journey across the dark and dangerous world of HELM in search of the legendary Bastard King.
Saffron and Sage – Saffron and Sage is a comedy/action comic about a group of adventurers trying to rescue a kidnapped Prince while learning valuable life lessons.
Sell Spell – When Sedo, an illegal spell-for-hire, is tasked with “retrieving” a mysterious artifact, he cons a gullible Mage’s apprentice and his motley crew of bodyguards into helping him. However, as simple treasure hunt turns into treacherous cross-country journey, Sedo gets the sinking feeling he is being hunted… and more importantly, underpaid.
Space & Unseen Worlds!
The Dad Brigade – Brandy is a young girl being trained under the protection of a group of highly skilled mercenaries. Among these mercenaries are the assassin, Crucible Jack, the marksman, Jean d’Arblast, and the warlock, Hergin Pride. Dale O’Dawn, a noble knight, tries to keep them in order, to little avail. Together, the men must put aside their differences to raise Brandy into a warrior fit to stop the apocalypse.
Dreamrise – The setting is the year 2515, when most of the solar system has already been colonized and terraformed. A motley ensemble cast must work to fight things like Magic Terrorists, Corrupted viruses from alternate timelines, and EMOTIONS.
The Empathy Drive – The promised golden age was lost before it began. Humanity reached for the stars, remaking fledgling civilizations in our own image. When the unthinkable happened, we fled – riding a cascading wave of xenophobia back to Earth. These are the stories of those who were left behind.
Of Conquests and Consequences – A teenage aristocrat from the North finds himself a prisoner of war and is assigned as a servant to the young heiress of one of the clans from across the desert. His captor will take him far away from his homeland and further still from his comfort zones. How will he adapt to the new culture?
Realm of Owls – A parliament of owl people have raised a grand city in a lustrous turf. These are the records of two owls who have decided to document the history and antics of their silly people in a whimsical comic strip form. Everything from the ever-shifting sovereignty to ice breaking to pigeon flinging is depicted here!
Slice of Life (or Death)
Cosmic Fish – Acantha and her kind are monsters called “ghosts”. They aren’t part of the “life cycle”, where every living soul filters through two planetary guardians. As the different ghosts and monsters change — both emotionally and physically — they attempt find the answers behind the mystery of their existence, and either heal or run from past mistakes.
Fine Sometimes Rain – A slice of life about love, friendship, and overcoming depression.
Evil Witch Allie – Jake found a little girl claiming to be a witch wandering alone outside his house on Halloween. It would have been nice if that turned out to be the weirdest part of his night.
Paisley Brickstone – Being the new kid is never easy, but life gets even harder for Harvey Mammaroth when gym class takes a wild turn and he and his classmates find themselves trapped in an empty school. Is the whole thing just a vague assignment set up by their sadistic gym teacher, Coach Trener? Or is something much darker going on?
October 20 – After a decade of fighting the curse that has befallen them, Catherine and Raimundo have their backs to the wall. The last of their allies have been claimed by the monster that comes for them every year on October the 20th. Can they survive the day? Can they find a way to go on, even if they lose everything? And can they find the man called Shields McKloskey, who seems to hold all the answers?
The Spiderforest Forums have a whole new design! Mobile-friendly and available in dark and light styles, our forums are open to everyone, regardless of SpiderForest membership! Thanks to Alyssa for coding the design, and the combined efforts of KEZ, Tiana, Thane, and Kat in getting it all live! Definitely let us know if our spiders didn’t quite wrap up all the bugs, will you?
Comic of the Week wraps up the week of December 19th! Our members thank their fellow creators for plugging comics each week to their audiences and all the new readers for taking time to check out the different comics offered!
Sweet New Stories and Merch!
Bruno Harm is raffling off a mug for Christmas! Just leave a comment on Brunoharm.com between now and Christmas Day to get your name in the hat!
David Davis, creator of Cosmic Dash has published a novel length story called Pause and Effect. It’s over 136 pages long and completely free to read!
XII has new hoodies up for sale and we now have a proper fan art gallery!
The third novel in the Brothers Martin series will be on sale starting December 15! Starting Over follows Steve’s return to Kuala Lumpur, his quest for vengeance, and the glimmer of a new start. Vengeance is a jealous lover however…
Preorders are available now through Kindle downloads and the book is enrolled in KDP Select and Amazon matchbook!
Arbalest will be on vacation for the month of December, returning on January 2. In the meantime, check back for guest art!|
|The Sundown Boys just finished up Chapter One and will be taking a short break. The chapter two cover will go up on December 18th, and then the first page of chapter two will go up on January 1st, which is when regular updates will resume.|
|Soul’s Journey‘s archive will exceed 100 pages in December.||What it Takes reaches 700 story pages, with some major plot reveals! Death’s doorstep just got a whole lot closer.||XII: Of Magic and Muses has rolled straight into Chapter 2!|
|6-Commando is back with a new season, a new chapter, and the women and men of the United Nations Multinational Forces Africa are facing their biggest crisis yet: a five thousand ton tank named Victor with nuclear weapons, and a bad attitude.||Panthera is coming out of hiatus and back to a bi-weekly update schedule for the time being. We hope you enjoy the rest of the chapter as the team deal with the revelations of who they have to fight.||Castoff wrapped up its 3rd chapter in November, and is headed straight into chapter 4! The sun rises on a new day for Vector and Arianna, but what awaits them in the coming hours? New dangers? New friends? Maybe both! If you’re behind on the story, now is the perfect time to get caught up!|
Nine spiders, one weekend!
Stop by the SpiderForest table (E 12-13A) at Small Press Expo on September 17-18 in Bethesda, MD to meet the creators of Witchery Etc, Xylobone Tomes, LaSalle’s Legacy, Altar Girl, Precocious, Heracles Knot, Chirault, Sombulus, and Sunset Grill! That’s a lot of spiders!
Thank you, August applicants!
We received 38 applications and are busy reviewing everything and preparing invitations to our new members! Results will be emailed in the coming weeks and announced mid-September. Stay tuned!
Damsels Don’t Wear Glasses is coming back September 6th with Chapter 4! Also be on the lookout for a Patreon announcement!
MoonSlayer Chapter 5 ends this month, and the new Chapter, Trickster, begins! Lots of new secrets and characters will be revealed! Stay tuned! Also, we’re celebrating our 5th anniversary! Expect new content and behind the scenes facts every week!
The Only Half Saga began a new chapter on August 25th! Garrett’s got a decision to make – how he feels for Sagira (And she for him) isn’t making things easy! Check out “Decisions, Decisions”.
Soul to Call is heading into Chapter 5, the final chapter of the first arc! Avril, Eli, and James find themselves trapped in the heart of chaos. At the mercy of cultists and monsters alike, their chances of survival are slim, but they’re not going down without a fight.
New Books, Prints and Merch!
The Kickstarter for LeyLines Volume 4 will be launching in mid-September! The artwork and writing for this book is some of Robin’s best work to date, and this volume will include not only over 160 pages of the story, but 20 pages of extra goodies, making it the LARGEST LeyLines book yet!
Check out the work of Laura Graves of Witches Get Stitches in the FART Anthology, available at Rose City Comic Con in September and ShortRun!
Kez is out of town September 17-24. What it Takes fan art to put up during that week would be most welcome!|
|The last page of the current Plague chapter “One Last Time” will be on September 26th. Being that Darwin’s taking a month’s breather in October, that means the new chapter “End of the Line” will not start until October 31st (HAPPY HALLOWEEN)!
Speaking of Hiatus! Darwin is looking for guest art/comics/fanstories to fill in on both TOHS and Plague for the four weeks she’ll be out! Please contact her at email@example.com if you’re interested in helping out!
|Witchery Etc. Chapter 03 will be ending in September, and will be taking a brief hiatus before Chapter 04 starts in October!|
SpiderForest is opening up applications for new webcomics to add to our collective starting August 1 and running through August 22!
What are we looking for?
Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Fantasy… you name it! SpiderForest is a collective of independent creators who craft original strip-form and long-form fiction webcomics. We help each other reach new audiences, share project and art exchanges, and get feedback from a like-minded group of peers. A friendly, positive environment that encourages respect and growth, we help comic artists at all levels learn from our experiences as artists, storytellers, and promoters through our forum-based community.
If you create a comic and this sounds like a place you want to join, please review our application page and associated FAQ for more information. Questions may be directed to our forums or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our forums are open to join for everyone, so stop on by, tell us about your comic, and see what our community is all about!
Robin Childs of LeyLines and Christina Major of Sombulus will be at Phoenix Comic Con June 2-5! Also catch Robin at Denver Comic Con June 17-19!
Witchery etc. will be at Yeticon in Ontario, Canada, June 10-12 and at Indy PopCon in Indianapolis, IN, June 17-19. Come stop by the artist alley and say hi!
Kata Kane of Altar Girl and Laura Graves of Witches Get Stitches will be at Heroescon June 17-19! Also catch Laura at Olympia Comics Festival in Olympia Washington June 4!
Just in time for The Only Half Saga’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, TOHS’s Dead Zone (Vol 2) will be coming out June 10th! Join Darwin as she spins another set of yarns that give more depth to the TOHS universe and characters! Will be available in print and Kindle versions! Check out her Amazon Page or Darwin Comics for more details!
Laura Graves is releasing a new coloured edition of 666 Bistro debuting at Heroescon! Archvold finally has a new job working at the restaurant 666 Bistro! She now works retail in HELL literally! Her boss is a cannibalistic chef extraordinaire and Archy now must search for rare and unique and exotic ingredients or her boss will use her instead!
|On June 3rd, Chirault reaches its 1000th page! That’s as much as 100 tens. And that’s a lot.|
|Requiem turns 12 on June 7th!|
|School Spirit turns 12 on June 12. The strip will then officially be older than the chronological age of most of the kids…|
|Mitsukaiten of Arbalest is getting married this month!|
Soul’s Journey is about to wrap up the intermission and will start with Chapter 3 on June 16th.
What it Takes got its own domain! Please change your bookmarks and visit it at acityinaplace.com
Castoff just wrapped up chapter 2! If you’ve been meaning to catch up on Vector and Arianna’s misadventures, now is the perfect time! In addition, the comic will be taking a short break during the first half of June, but will be posting guest art M/W/F during the intermission and returning to twice-weekly updates on June 13th!
Robin Childs of LeyLines is proud to unveil her newest co-written comic, Wavemen, launching April 4 on IndieGoGo!
Maryanne Rose Papke of Xylobone Tomes is launching a Kickstarter for a collection of some of her other comics entitled, Tessellated Tile, running April 1-30.
ThisComic.Rocks‘ ZUKAHNAUT VIII: IRON FIST wraps up this month–read its conclusion early by picking up the hi-def PDF or CBR on Gumroad for just 99¢!
Where does fantasy end and sci-fi begin? And where does that put horror, comedy, and tragedy? Join David Davis of Cosmic Dash and other sci-fi creators as they explore these topics and more on the triumphant return of PodWarp: 1999!
Webcomic Alliance Chat
Webcomic Alliance Chat is a gathering of webcomic artists (including Robin Childs of LeyLines) chatting and making their place on the internet and convention scenes. Bring them your questions, your grievances, and your beer and sit back for a good time!
|Witchery etc. will be at Tekko, April 8-10 in Pittsburgh, PA. Stop by the Artist Alley and say hi!|
|Christina Major of Sombulus and Laura Graves of Witches Get Stitches will be at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle April 7-10! Also stop by Laura’s Spooky Comics Panel on Saturday!|
|Maryanne Rose Papke will be at S.P.A.C.E. in Columbus, OH on April 9-10!|
|The SpiderForest Collective is thrilled to be returning to Small Press Expo in 2016! We hope to see you there in September!|
Bad Moon Rising will return from Hiatus April 4th. Mv appreciates everyone’s patience while she took a month off to study.
Kez is taking a scheduled 2 week break from What it Takes mid-April. If you’ve got any What it Takes or post-apocalyptic related art you’d like featured, drop Kez a line at email@example.com !
Gemutatons: Plague kicks off with “One Last Time.” Blue continues to try and sabotage Q’s operations, even as David finds the hideout, and Tom takes matters into his own hands.
Castoff celebrates its 1-year anniversary on April 17th! Also, check out the comic’s new Patreon campaign for tons of bonus content and early access to completed pages!
LaSalle’s Legacy returns on April 4 with Chapter 20!
Altar Girl is on hiatus! Congratulations to Kata on her new baby boy!
Applications are open!
SpiderForest is excited to announce our February application season is now open now through the 24th! If you have a webcomic and would like to become an official member of our collective, apply today!
Contribute to our projects!
Darwin Comics now has a Patreon Page! Want to see Plague and Only Half pages early? Want to see concepts for upcoming projects? Consider becoming a patreon!
1001 Knights has launched on Kickstarter! This incredible 3-volume comic anthology celebrates kickass ladies, feminist characters, and people-positive knights, with art and stories by Christina Major (Sombulus), Kata Kane (Altar Girl), JD Benefield (Random Battles), Jennifer Zyren Smith (LaSalle’s Legacy), and Rel (Witchery, Etc.)
An Altar Girl Fan Anthology is being organized by fans for fans! Heading the project is JD (of Random Battles) and Samantha of shooting-stars.org. Anyone can be part of it by submitting comics, illustrations, or prose! Details are at http://dream-in.blue
Buy our stuff!
Altar Girl is doing Katsucon Feb 12-14 at Table C9 with Wayward Studios. Kata will be there with Books 1 & 2, Mini Comic, Charms, Prints, and more!
Maryanne of Xylobone Tomes will be exhibiting at ICE, the Independent Creators Expo and Film Fesival in Dayton, Ohio on February 20th!
A new coloring book by Monica N. Galvan is out! Enchantresses and Fair Folk features fantasy depictions of sorceresses from different cultures, as well as some characters from MoonSlayer’s world. For adults and older children.
The Only Half Saga: Of Dhampirs and Warlocks kicked off its latest chapter on January 28th! Garrett remains behind, helping with cleanup and catching up with a man he thought dead nearly thirty years. Meanwhile Cabal struggles to heal….
What it Takes reached 600 pages and 6 years old in mid-January! Come celebrate by watching the Trustees mess with Colbey’s life as all-out war between King Arthur and A City in a Place becomes the inevitable conclusion to this already desperate situation.
School Spirit continues into February with the kids coming back to school after the holidays, and pushing on towards 1700 strips! Join Casper, Cody and the indomitable spirit of Wendy as they wander through fun misadventures with the rest of the school kids and the spirits in the cemetery next door. Very little scary Australian dialogue to scare you off!
Happy Halloween from SpiderForest! Here’s the latest comic news for the coming month!
Soul to Call is releasing a 5-page extra comic that takes place a day before the comic’s first chapter. You can view a new page each week by voting on Top Webcomics, or view the entire comic right now on Patreon for a $1 pledge!
Maryanne Rose Papke, creator of Xylobone Tomes, will be at two different conventions in November! ComiqueCon and Genghis Con. And she has a new Tile minicomic coming out!
What it Takes hit another Patreon goal! Readers now get three extra Monday updates every month!
Back in action for November!
Patreon, Kickstarters, and Shorts, oh my!
“Uncommon Exchange,” a Pay-What-You-Want short story set in the LeyLines world!
An entire world of knowledge is yours for the taking, if only you have the courage to ask for it, and are willing to pay the price… Do you dare make a deal with Dream Eater?
Now through October 24, Chirault Volume 2 is on Kickstarter! Get your copies of Chirault Volumes 1 and 2, custom sketched bookplates, the “Shenanigans” mini-comic, and the chance to be a monster in the comic!
dream*scar now has a patreon page! You can find it over here!
Go support dream*scar and get access to early pages, sketch requests, the hilarious vote incentive art, as well as the secret NSFW content!
Our application season is underway! Here’s the official scoop on our collective and the application process for our community. We hope you’ll consider joining us if you’re a comic creator!
For Immediate Release
August 7, 2015
SpiderForest is an established webcomic collective run for and by independent comic creators for the purpose of community building, audience sharing, convention appearances, and personal and professional growth in comics. Applications for membership are accepted 1-2 times a year and are rigorously reviewed by all available members. For this round of admissions, applications will be accepted until August 22nd, and results are privately revealed to applicants on September 1st.
Since 2004, SpiderForest has offered a particular niche for webcomic creators who seek to remain independent, but also desire to be part of a tight-knit community of knowledgeable, experienced artists, writers and self-publishers. We are not a business, but instead are run entirely on a volunteer basis with a focus on helping each other grow professionally as we all best see fit. Our public and private forums offer constructive criticism, organized convention appearances, advice for crowdfunding, art exchanges or collaborations, and more. We are seeking dedicated creators who care more about their work than making a quick buck–but are definitely a good home for the professional-level comic creator. We want to help you become the comic professional you want to be, and we greatly value those who want to bring their experiences to us.
In addition to being a free host for all members, SpiderForest also accepts members who are unaffiliated with other collectives and are independently self-hosted. Members are free to maintain as many mirror sites as they wish on free comic hosts such as Comic Fury, Tapastic, and SmackJeeves, but are required to have the SpiderForest-affiliated site at least one update ahead. The only other requirements are to regularly update your comic(s), to display the SpiderForest banner, and to assist in reviewing applications for new members.
Questions regarding membership at SpiderForest are best directed to our forums (spiderforest.com/forum), to our email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or to individual members regarding their experiences with us (spiderforest.com/comics).