SpiderForest characters have been missing their buds! Time for a good ole Vroom meeting with all their faux pas! In attendance is Sydney, Astyr, and Cioara from Sombulus, SpiderFriend doing their hardest to keep things organized, Franquelim from O’Sarilho, Tovio, Rosmary, and Rocky from Ingress, Keti from Black Market Magic, Lucifer and Thal from Vagary, Yasha from Terrafold, and Chimalli from Corner the Maze
Sombulus celebrated its 900th page last month! Go catch up on this epic adventure through magical worlds and unlikely friendships!
“One summer night in 1987, six friends sat down to play a game…” Gods of the Game has concluded after a nine year run! Enjoy the two page epilogue.
Kez is heckin slammed at work being a doctor person (wear a mask!!) so any What it Takes guest art would be really really appreciated.
Arbalest will be on break for the month of August for Kai’s Semi-Annual Page Buffer Refresh (And/Or Vacation). Regular updates are planned to resume September third.
The current chapter of Court of Roses will be ending on October 1st, followed by a three-week break. The comic will return October 26th, but in the meantime there’s a call Guest Art during the break! Contact Nutty via Twitter (@nintendonut1) or email.
Fighting Dreamers is coming off hiatus on August 5th, where the intermission in progress will finish off and CH7 is already underway behind the scenes. That should start sometime in September and keep things going for a good while!
Soul’s Journey is coming off hiatus on Aug 20.
Our Creators are swept up in the Animal Crossing craze! In true AC style we have from left to right: Aloe by Glowbat, Ariana and Vector by Star, Rocky, Toivo, and Rosemary by Kayotics, Sandy, Patches, and Stewie by Mannykat, and Saga by Maryanne
Spiderforest App Season’s Nearly Here!
That’s right, it’s that time of year again! From the 8th through the 30 of June we will be accepting applications for membership!
If you have a long form comic with at least one complete non-prologue chapter or a strip comic with at least twenty five strips – If you have been looking for a supportive community to share your passion for webcomic creation, here is your opportunity to shine!
Please check out our Apply Page and FAQ for all the requirements! Good luck to any and all who apply!
Kickstarters and Other Merch!
Sophie, creator of Soul’s Journey, is kickstarting her short story “Silent Ocean” between May 31 and June 30. Help fund this project so you can pick up this forty page full color mini-comic for your collection!
Small town kids dealing with normal teen problems like low self-esteem and ghostly possession. Check out Evil Witch Allie and the Book of Secrets on Indiegogo!
Completed chapters of Children of Shadow: Ashes are now available for purchase as downloadable PDFs on Gumroad! Immerse yourself in an urban fantasy horror comic where woodland animals and teens with supernatural powers must work together to save both Earth and its sister-world from a plague of twisted monsters, all whilst battling their own inner demons.
Beneath the Clouds Reviewed!
Fun and Games
Gheralf and Vayandil of Realm of Owls have a brand new blog! Bop up at Owl Basket Blog to read some sketchy thoughts about games, comics – and life in general! Updates occur whenever either of them has something to say. (^◊^)≺❬•••❭
“Ice Gift Hunt” – a free game based on the sci-fi comic “Gifts of Wandering Ice” – is back with new stories, illustrations, endings, and more.
The game is free to play and runs right in your browser, there is no need to download anything.
Black Shallows has been renamed to Terrafold, and has a new home over at terrafold.com! Check it out and reset your RSS feed!
At eleven chapters, Sarah Nelson’s depression-era vampire comic, DANIEL, has concluded. Now you can read all of this frightening story of an unfortunate man turned vampire, either for the first time or on a revisit! It is a most grave tale of horror.
Hiatus and Return
O Sarilho has completed its fourth chapter and will be taking a three week break. Chapter Five – The Foreigner – starts on June 25th!
Heirs of the Veil will go into hiatus during the summer and will return early August with the rest of chapter 4!
What’s going on? Seems our creators have decided they didn’t like their current genres anymore and have decided to reclassify the story they’re telling! Such a refreshing change, right?
This April Fool’s Genre Swap header comes to us by the ever talented collection of creators here at the Forest! Featuring Merlow from Court of Roses by Kelsey Peterson, Steffano from O Sarilho by Shizamura, Oni from Children of Shadow: Ashes by Lee Colagiacomo, Jun from Alethia by Kristina Stipetic, Fin from Aloe by Glowbat, and Willow from XII: Of Magic and Muses by Kristen Kiomall-Evans
A Message from the Community.
We here at SpiderForest want to take a moment to wish you all safety and well-being through the current health crises. While you Shelter in Place, know we’re thinking of you and yours. We can get through this together! All the best as we weather this storm.
Corner the Maze Concludes!
Ice Gift on Sale!
Did you know that “Gifts of Wandering Ice“, a long sci-fi comic with dozens of characters and a ton of events, is based on a short story? Well, now you can read it!
“Ice gift” is a 24 pages long book where every page is a full-colour illustration. And it costs just 1$ 🙂
Arbalest turns 4 years old on April 11! Kick back and celebrate isolation with… a comic about isolation. Just with more monsters. Cheers!
Comings and Goings in the Forest!
On April 1st, Heart of Keol returns from its month-long break to start a new chapter!
Numb’s chapter 8 is coming to it’s close this month.
Kelsey of “Court of Roses” is available for commissions! Check out their rates!
Sophie of “Soul’s Journey” is also available for commissions.
Shizamura of “O Sarilho” is also available for commissions.
Winter begins to give over to spring! And as things begin to thaw, the SpiderForest creators are ramping up for some awesome events for the shortest month of the year!
Our Valentine’s Day themed header comes to you courtesy of Jabbage (Halisi/Bouquet of Squishies from Earth in a Pocket), Lee (Ombra from Children of Shadow: Ashes), Nutty (Merlow from Court of Roses), Deo (Kessiah from Millennium), and Mr. Average (Ilya from 6-Commando)
XII’s Latest Kickstarter!
XII: Of Magic and Muses is Kickstarting Volume 2: Mischief, with the hopes to go to print just as the first few pages are hitting the site! You’ll be able to get 700 full colour pages in a book or digital bundle – or an option to add on our standees from our last Kickstarter!
You can follow the link to the Kickstarter here!
Other Happenings in the Forest!
Court of Roses has not only begun Chapter 3, “The Goblin Lair”, but also celebrates its 2nd Anniversary on February 5th!
No matter what you celebrate, we at the SpiderForest Webcomic Collective are wishing you and yours a safe, happy Holiday Season! May it be filled with family, friends, and good tidings!
New with The Only Half Saga
Lots going on with The Only Half Saga (and Darwin Comics in general)! On December 2nd, the newest TOHS novel Rise of the Crimson Death will be released in print and Kindle formats! A prequel to The Devil’s Own, it will fill in some gaps on what’s happening in comic!
Soul to Call will be celebrating its 6th anniversary on December 16th!
December 6th marks the 800th page of Flaky Pastry! As is tradition, that means something big is going to happen. What exactly? YOU decide!
Aloe concludes it’s fourth chapter on November 29th and will return in January after a month long hiatus
Arbalest is on vacation for the month of December! Regular updates will resume January 6, 2020.
Sombulus wraps up Act 8 this month, and will be resuming with Act 9 after a short break on February 4.
XII: Of Magic and Muses is on hiatus for the holiday break. If you have any fan art or xiisonas you would like featured during our down time, please tag us on our Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter.
We will be returning Monday January 6th, and changing our posting schedule to Monday to Thursday. Be sure to follow to keep an eye on our Kickstarter for Volume 2: Mischief starting in February.
The turning of the season is upon us! Leaves begin to turn colors while mornings and evenings are crisp and cool. Shorter days and longer nights. The conditions are just right to bundle up with some friends and some cocoa, and enjoy the news from our SpiderForest Creators!
SpiderForest Creators’ Con Schedule
Kay Rossbach of Ingress Adventuring Company will be tabling at Daisho Con in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin from November 22-24. Come say hi!
Calls for Guest Art!
Manny/Sarah is looking for some Fighting Dreamers
Guest Comics/Art before December 1st, since she’s going on hiatus for
all of December and she’s gonna need some help filling in the blanks.
More detailed info HERE on the main site
Congratulations to Zappit, whose webcomic Supervillainous came to an end on Friday, October 25, with its 624th update. After more than six years, Zappit has brought the story of The Crimson Claw and his family to an end. As for Zap, he’s starting work on his next project.
A Twisted Reflection, Chapter 9 of Children of Shadow, begins on November 5th.
This month’s header is Spiderfriend, created by Flowerlark of Ashes: Children of Shadow, having a great time playing in all the colorful fall leaves!
Threads: Haunted Headed to Print!
Thanks to our 204 backers we’ve been able to successfully fund our Fourth Kickstarter, raising nearly $7,000 to bring our third Anthology to print! Haunted will contain 20 short, spooky stories from our comic creators and we even have the bonus of stickers for all print tiers! Supporters should be seeing their survey’s as soon as the funding clears! Be on the look out! And from all of us here at SpiderForest, THANK YOU for your support!
Thanks for all the Apps!
Applications for the Summer of 2019 are now closed! Thank you all for applying for consideration to become a member! We will be deliberating and voting during the month of August, with the aim of having all results returned in early September! Best of luck to all who submitted!
Cons and Other Money Makers!
Manny (Sarah) will be at Terrificon from August 9th-11th. Pick up Volume 1 of Fighting Dreamers, featuring the first 5 chapters, plus awesome extras! If you happen to be in the CT area, head on over and say hi! Leftover stock will be available on her ETSY after the con concludes!
Did you miss out on the first Magic and Muses Kickstarter? Have no fear, our standees are here and bringing some cool books as a reward at a discounted price! Grab a 6 inch double sided magical girl standee for your bookshelf and with enough luck, we could fund the whole set! This Kickstarter only goes for a few more days!
Hiatuses and Returns!
Last Traveler will be on Summer Hiatus for part of the month of August. Check in during the break for special art, with regular updates resuming on Wednesday August 21st!
Arbalest will [continue to] be on Summer break for the month of August, returning on September 2.
Ingress Adventuring Company is back from its break with the start of chapter 4! Check out what Toivo and the crew are up to! Regular updates on Thursdays.
Retroblade is coming back from hiatus, and will be updating again in August!
Soul’s Journey concludes its fifth chapter on Aug 1st and will head into an intermission after a break week on Aug 15th.
This month we’re gearing up for our Third Annual SpiderForest Anthology and the subsequent Kickstarter! Haunted will feature sixteen plus all new short comics with poignant, cute, and spine-tingling ghost stories from our myriad of comic creators! Keep an eye on our Kickstarter Page for updates! This month’s header is a teaser of the Anthology Cover created by Keiiii of Heart of Keol
Crowdfunding and Merchandise!
Jemma Young will be launching her sci-fi comic Temerity on June 13th on Kickstarter! Temerity is about Taeru who is a genetically enhanced super-soldier and Naia who is a sugar-addicted markswoman. Together they work aboard the starship Temerity as the best mercenary group for hire. If you want to find out more information, you can check out Temerity.space.
Other SpiderForest Awesomeness!
June heralds The Only Half Saga’s thirteenth anniversary! Started in June of 2006 with Sins of the Father, the title now holds the distinction of being four distinct story arcs, twenty-eight chapters, and 647 pages! Swing by and take a gander, or if you’re already follower take some time to reread it and comment! That’s the best anniversary gift Darwin can ask for!
Yemen Charity Zine! Donate April 1-15th!
Over fifty international comic artists came together to support the Yemeni Crisis by donating time and wonderful original art of their OC’s as kids having fun! Now they’ve been collected into a Zine and, for your donation, you can get a PDF copy for yourself! Follow the link and donate what you can! All proceeds go to the World Food Program to help children and families affected by the famine in Yemin. Our goal is to raise $5,000 towards this effort!
XII: Of Magic and Muses is heading off to it’s first Kickstarter with Volume 1: Monsters!
Our mousy protagonist Willow lives in a mundane and restricted boarding school, which ends up being the worst place someone could get gifted a magical necklace. As the necklace crumbles the school’s secrets around her, Willow is left to wonder if it was a gift sent by friend or foe?
Children of Eldair is running a Kickstarter to get the 3rd book of the series printed. Eldair is about a sorcerer who saves a girl from flesh-eating demons. In a magical mishap, he ends up trapped in a vision witnessing the events leading up to him finding her. This book will contain chapters 11-14 and will run till April 26th.
Anniversaries and Birthdays!
Arbalest returns with Chapter 6 on April 1 and celebrates its 3rd birthday on April 11! Come kick off Spring and celebrate new beginnings with all that winter and existential dread you thought you left behind.
A New Coat of Paint!
Soul’s Journey had its website get a fresh coat of paint. Have a look around and be sure to follow the advice of the most trustworthy of characters on the first page of the archive. (Does not work on mobile devices.)
This month’s header image is from Keiiii of Heart of Keol and features
Masako from Beneath the Clouds, Sage from Saffron and Sage, Huvrye from broken, Lilith from Littlelight Asylum, Allie from Evil Witch Allie, Jimmy from Gods of the Game, Stewie and a bouncy monster from Fighting Dreamers Arianna from Castoff, and Zukah from Zukahnaut all enjoying the Chinese New Year’s Celebration!
Join the SpiderForest Charity Zine to benefit the people of Yemen!
The international webcomic community is welcome to participate in a new charity drive. All proceeds go to the World Food Program, earmarked for the Yemen Humanitarian Crisis.
Though this Zine is organized by SpiderForest, it is open to everyone working on a webcomic. You do not need to be affiliated with SpiderForest in any way. All details can be found here! Art is due March 15. Please spread the word, use #yemencharityzine on social media! Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comic of the Week Continues Through Februrary! Stop by your favorite SpiderForest comics or the main site to see weekly spotlights of other comics in our collective. See if you can come away with a few new favorites!
This Month’s Spiderforest Happenings!
The Young Adult comic Michael celebrated its one year anniversary in January! Michael’s troubles are only just beginning! This year will prove to be an interesting one! How will Michael ever hold onto his secret as the school year progresses? Swing by and find out!