31 Aug

SPX, New Chapters, and more September News!

Nine spiders, one weekend!

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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!

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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!


New Chapters!

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Damsels Don’t Wear Glasses is coming back September 6th with Chapter 4! Also be on the lookout for a Patreon announcement!


MoonSlayer
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
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
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!

Heracles Knot
Heracles Knot has a couple new prints on Redbubble and is opening up a Gumroad store!


LeyLines
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!


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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!


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RetroBlade is back from summer Hiatus, launching Chapter Two! The Gumroad store has also been beefed up, loads of new digital downloads are being added and Volume One will soon be available on there in PDF format.


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 tgrshrk06@hughes.net 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!

11 Jul

August Application Season!

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 admin@spiderforest.com.

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!

01 Jun

Summer Shenanigans and June Forest News!

Conventions!

Phoenix Comic Con!

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!
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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!
Heroes Con

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!

 

New Books!

Tales from the Dead Zone
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!


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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!


Celebrations!

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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!
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Soul’s Journey is about to wrap up the intermission and will start with Chapter 3 on June 16th.
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What it Takes got its own domain! Please change your bookmarks and visit it at acityinaplace.com
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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!
01 Apr

April Fun at the Forest!

Character Swap


It’s April 1 at SpiderForest, and a few of our comics are missing their casts! Oh no! What’s going to happen? Check out the fun today on Castoff, Chirault, Out of My Element, and Sombulus!


New Books!


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¢!

Podcast Recommendations

PodWarp: 1999

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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

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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!

Conventions!

Tekko!

Witchery etc. will be at Tekko, April 8-10 in Pittsburgh, PA. Stop by the Artist Alley and say hi!
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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!
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Maryanne Rose Papke will be at S.P.A.C.E. in Columbus, OH on April 9-10!
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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 warofwinds@gmail.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!
01 Feb

SpiderForest News for February

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.

New Chapters


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!
01 Nov

SpiderForest news for November!

Happy Halloween from SpiderForest! Here’s the latest comic news for the coming month!

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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!
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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!
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What it Takes hit another Patreon goal! Readers now get three extra Monday updates every month!
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The Out of My Element team has unveiled a new logo and will be updating their website shortly! Chirault has started Chapter 21 this month! Act 5 of Sombulus wraps up in November! November marks The Demon Archives 2 year anniversary! Now over 200 pages in, posting Chapter 8.

Back in action for November!

We have a lot of comics coming out of hiatus! Welcome them back by reading their new pages!

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Damsels Don’t Wear Glasses
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Altar Girl
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Dark White
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Nahast: Lands of Strife
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Gemutations: Plague
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The Only Half Saga

See you next year!

The following comics are on a much-deserved break, but slated to come back in the new year! This is the perfect time to catch up on the archive!

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TDUGN
01 Oct

SpiderForest News for October

Patreon, Kickstarters, and Shorts, oh my!

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“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?

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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!
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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!


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Emily Brady of Footloose will at MCM London Comic Con October 23-25! On September 13th, Plague began a brand new chapter! Steve and David team up to try and find Tom’s whereabouts… if they don’t kill each other first! Read Catching a Break Chapter 1 of The Sundown Boys reboot begins this month!

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After ten years, long running anthro-detective-fantasy comic Kaspall will be updating with the final two pages this month! Damsels Don’t Wear Glasses is coming back in October! Catch Lilly Aguilar of Dark White at Alternative Press Expo October 3-4!

08 Aug

SpiderForest Webcomic Collective Accepting Applications in August

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

Contact: info@spiderforest.com
http://spiderforest.com

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 (info@spiderforest.com), or to individual members regarding their experiences with us (spiderforest.com/comics).

01 Aug

SpiderForest News for August!

Spiderforest Summer Application Season is now OPEN!

Applications will be accepted from August 1st – 22nd. If you have a long form comic or comic strip and would like to join a small supportive community of like-minded creators now is your opportunity! Please check out our application page for more about what we offer and how to apply.

Good luck to all who apply!

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The Brothers Martin: In the Beginning
By D. D. Randall, creator of The Only Half Saga and Gemutations: Plague

August 1st The Brothers Martin: In the Beginning went live on Amazon and Createspace! The short jaunt up the road to Steve’s soon to be in laws turns tragic when the brothers are run off the road. They should have died in the ravine that night. But they didn’t, and so their nightmare begins.

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Coloring Book: Fairies, Nymphs & Witches
By Mónica N. Galván, creator of MoonSlayer

The coloring book Fairies, Nymphs & Witches is out on Amazon, in regular and the new pocket edition. This book for all ages reunites ink linearts from Enchanted Visions, MoonSlayer side characters and exclusive art never seen before!


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What it Takes begins its final climactic chapter in August. Jump on board now for guaranteed blood, guts, and good old fashioned vengeance. The Sundown Boys has officially begun its first ever reboot! Read it from the beginning and enjoy the brand new art. dream*scar returns from hiatus this month! Due to health issues involving the creator’s drawing hand, updates may come more slowly than before. Sunset Grill will celebrate its seventh anniversary on August 4th!

25 Jun

Welcome to the new website!

Hey guys, Delphina here! On behalf of the SpiderForest, I would like to welcome everyone to our new website! SpiderForest is a community of comic artists, writers, and creators. Our goal since our founding more than ten years ago has always been to create a community where comic creators and readers can gather, chat, and share our stories.

We’ve retooled our website a complete overhaul to better feature our announcements, crowdfunding campaigns, and convention appearances, as well as handy resources for webcomic creators that we’ve written, and of course, the comics and art we create for everyone to enjoy!

We hope you find the new site easy to use and fun to explore. Thank you!

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