01 Jul

SpiderForest News for July 2020!

An unlikely group of SpiderForest comic characters looking for new friends in our applications! Featuring Hhrskhygh from Tamuran, Fausta from O Sarilho, Nocturne from Court of Roses, Michael from Michael, and Fawna from Children of Shadow: Ashes

Thank you for your applications!

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application this season to the SpiderForest Webcomic Collective! Our members are reviewing all the applications, and we’re looking forward to introducing you to great new comics and members in August! Stay tuned!

New Books from our Members!

The Dodo Knows

Helen Greetham, creator of Earth in a Pocket, is running a kickstarter for her anthology The Dodo Knows a collection of short stories with the theme of things being lost and feelings being found. The campaign is already fully funded, and will run until Sat, July 18 2020.

Michael Volume 1

With the completion of “Out of the Bag” on Michael, Darwin is ready to offer her first Michael PDF on Gumroad! With 100+ pages of comic plus extras such as the original pencil run of Michael, character concepts (including upcoming characters), sketches and more, the 120+ page PDF will be available July 15th!

Stay tuned to the Michael Webcomic or Darwin Comics for updates! While you’re waiting check out Darwin’s Gumroad for other comic offerings!

Online Conventions

Maryanne Rose Papke of Xylobone Tomes will have a “table” at S.P.A.C.E., Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, July 11-12. This small comics convention will be held online this year, featuring live panels, demos, comic readings, and a comics market!

Upcoming Returns and Kickstarters

Castoff has completed its 8th chapter, and is taking a short break before starting chapter 9. Now is a great time to catch up- and check out the new website design!

Tamuran will be returning from hiatus soon! Follow their Twitter account to be notified when comic updates begin, or join the Chapter 17 status update mailing list or the new Tamuran Discord server to get progress updates and behind-the-scenes previews in the meantime.

Children of Shadow: Ashes returns from hiatus this month. Keep an eye out for update announcements on Lee’s Twitter account.

XII:Of Magic and Muses is gonna be kicking off another Kickstarter August 3 for the next batch of standees!  This is another chance to grab a copy of Volume 1 or 2 if you missed the last one! Be sure to follow Kristen’s account so you can be updated as soon as it launches!

01 Jun

SpiderForest News for June 2020

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.


The Soul’s Journey store has undergone an update and expansion, making available several comics, various prints and original art.

Sophie will also be exhibiting at the Zelda Creator Con, an online convention hosted by Linktober taking place June 12-14.


Beneath the Clouds Reviewed!

Beneath the Clouds was kindly reviewed by Alkyne of Exploring Comics. Check it out there and also on their YouTube Channel (with English subtitles). Or catch up on some short stories featuring legends of old Japan at Beneath the Clouds!


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.


Milestones

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

After almost 4 years, Xylobone Tomes is making its return June 4th! Though the pages will not be inked right away, pencilled versions will be posted every Thursday. Read more about it and catch up on the archives.


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!

01 May

SpiderForest News for May 2020!

May is here! Sskessa of Alethia brings us a collage of SpiderForest faces in honor of International Workers’ Day (May 1) for our header this month!

Come see what’s in store at SpiderForest!

The SpiderForest Store Page has recently undergone a big renovation! Please stop by and see what kinds of merch our members are currently offering, or purchase one of our past collaboration books!

Shizamura is running a crowdfunding campaign for Volume Two of her webcomic, O Sarilho.

The campaign ends on May 7th and this is your best chance at getting physical copies of both the first and second volumes.

Magic and Muses will be kicking off Chapter 17: Secret Sigils, still at its regular update schedule Mon-Thurs.

If you’d like to read ahead you can now grab Chapters 1-28 on the XII store page!

May 1st Darwin published “Of Dhampirs and Warlocks” as a full color PDF on Gumroad! This 250 page PDF includes all twelve chapters of the webcomic and includes concept art and guest art related to the title!

Add it to your digital library and check out Darwin’s other offerings in her Gumroad Store.

Spare Keys for Strange Doors now has a Gumroad store where PDFs of individual stories are available for download, currently releasing in the coming weeks for free / pay what you want!

Follow Toby and Marion, two experts in the supernatural, who help ordinary people with their extraordinary problems.

Anniversaries and Breaks!

Sombulus is celebrating its ten year anniversary in May! Congratulations on 10 years of exploding castles, magic, wings, and adventure!

Children of Shadow: Ashes is on hiatus for the month of May. Until it returns with Chapter 10, please enjoy some guest art and fun extras!

01 Apr

SpiderForest News for April ’20

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!

After four exciting years, Corner the Maze has reached the end of the story! The comic can be read on the website from start to finish, and Volume II: Breaking Away is now on sale.

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$ 🙂

Happy Anniversary!

Castoff will be celebrating its 5th anniversary this month, and is holding a month-long special event to celebrate! Check out all the details here!

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.

Starting April 9th Soul’s Journey will go on an indefinite hiatus. A short side story featuring Kanar will post during the break.

Check out Sophie’s Patreon for a behind the scenes look at the upcoming content.

Open Commissions!

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.

03 Feb

SpiderForest News for February 2020

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!

Sombulus returns with Chapter 9, and a new tier on Delphina’s Patreon to see early pages!

TOHS: The Devil’s Own returns from a two week chapter break on February 6th with the latest chapter Massacre. Relieved of duty, the Devil’s Own find that events aren’t waiting for their return to blow up further…


Children of Shadow: Ashes has begun mirroring on Tapas! If archive-binging isn’t your thing, this is a great chance to follow the comic from the beginning!

01 Dec

SpiderForest News for December ’19

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!

On the same day, each story arc of TOHS will be premiered on their own sites! Check on the new looks (in order of story lines): Before the Fall, Endgame, Of Dhampirs, and The Devil’s Own!

Milestones

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!

Winter Breaks

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.

02 Nov

SpiderForest News for November ’19

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

Come see Christina Major of Sombulus at 219A, J. Alice Bown of Damsels Don’t Wear Glasses at 109A, and Ally Nuttall and Emily Brady of Footloose Comics at 21A at Thought Bubble on November 9-10 in Harrogate, England!

Kay Rossbach of Ingress Adventuring Company will be tabling at Daisho Con in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin from November 22-24. Come say hi!

Kristina of Alethia will be exhibiting at Kaigai Manga Fest in Kitakyushu, Japan, on November 30-Dec 1.

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

XII: Of Magic and Muses will be going 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.

Milestones!

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.

New Chapters!

A Twisted Reflection, Chapter 9 of Children of Shadow, begins on November 5th.

Chapter 12 of Alethia will be released on itch.io in November. Weekly updates will start the same week as the itch.io release.

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!

01 Oct

Spooky SpiderForest News for October!

What has eight legs and goes bump in the night? Spooky spiderfriends!  Trick or treat yourself to our great lineup of webcomics, including 12 new additions to our roster!

This month’s header image features (left to right) Skeleton Spiderfriend by Darwin, Zombie Spiderfriend by Kez, and Ghosty Spiderfriend by Andy Purviance

Kickstarters going on now!

The Stoop-Gallants has launched a Kickstarter to print the first volume of the story – plus a lot of awesome rewards. Follow the foibles of magic users who honestly never intended to use magic, and heroes who never planned to be heroes. Also friendly zombies, dysfunctional villains, and a manticore who can fit in your pocket.

Cyantian Chronicles Fall Printing Run is collecting three great volumes in print (one of which is a Patreon exclusve comic).  Follow these stories of Darius Akaelae, a young wolf who manages to escape a kidnapping attempt, his friends, and other Cyantians who have become stranded on Earth.

Conventions Appearances!

October 4-6 – Mag Con Erfurt
SeaquentialArts will be at Mag-Con in Erfurt from October 4th to 6th. You can get the first volume of Heirs of the Veil and other goodies at their booth!

October 19 – Mississauga Comic Expo
Magic and Muses will be at MCX October 19th! Come visit Kristen at her booth at the Mississauga Library and grab a copy of Volume 1 before it finishes on the website!

October 19-20 – Fantasticon
Morgan Lees of Corner the Maze will be at Fantasticon in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

October 31-November 3 – Anime Weekend Atlanta
Star of Castoff will be at Anime Weekend Atlanta from October 31-November 3!

New Chapters, Books, and Websites!

Heirs of the Veil
Heirs of the Veil Book 1: The Heir is going to be released in early October!

Michael
Michael will return from its chapter break on October 14th, with an apropos for the season chapter “Toil and Trouble!”

XII: Of Magic and Muses
Magic and Muses will start the final chapter of 2019 starting October 14th, before going onto our December hiatus! Catch up at xiicomic.com!

Arbalest
Arbalest is getting a site overhaul this October! Check back for a new design (but watch out for the blood).

Be Back Soon
broken is finishing Chapter 4 this month and taking a break in November, so now’s a great time to get caught up on all the horror and eldritch abominations! (there’s been plenty of both)

Call for Guest Art
Kez will be working an absurd number of hours weekly for the next 6 weeks, and guest art of any sort for What it Takes would be much appreciated. It will remain up in the archive with a link back to your work for many weeks! Send to warofwinds@gmail.com

20 Sep

Introducing our newest members!

Thank you to everyone who applied to SpiderForest over the summer! Join us in giving a warm welcome to our amazing new comics!

New in Sci-Fi

Strange science and sarcastic robots

Robots who’ve been abandoned by their Creators struggle to find meaning in life.

Space, Love, and a Whole Lotta Action.

New in Fantasy/Adventure

A story about witchcraft, ghosts, responsibilities and the gay experience.

Slice-of-life adventures from a Fantasy world.

A fantasy tale following a ragtag troupe of bards out to solve a murder mystery!

Teenagers with supernatural powers team up with woodland critters to defeat monsters.

Badass warrior girls, deadly mermaids, and a forbidden romance.

A child foretold to be a fearsome god killer embarks on a desperate quest to change fate.

New in Post-Apocalypse/Drama

An ancient satellite crashes into enemy territory. A team is dispatched to recover it, but they end up finding something else.

What would you do, if your senses start blending between what’s real and fantasy?

A story about mental health, abuse of the vulnerable, and addiction.

02 Sep

SpiderForest News for September!

The SpiderForest Webcomic Collective just finished our application process and we’re so excited about our newest members, we could sing!  Look for a special spotlight of our new webcomics in a few weeks!  And of course, be sure to catch up on all your favorites at spiderforest.com!

Conventions and Contests

Gheralf and Vayandil of Realm of Owls will be at Helsinki Comics Festival September 7-8 in the festival’s main venue, Kattilahalli! Come say “Hoo!” to us and take a look at some owlsome merch, including printed collections of Realm of Owls webcomic strips!

Kristen from XII: Of Magic and Muses will be attending Word on The Street at the Harbourfront Center in Toronto September 22! A good chance to pick up a print edition of Volume 1: Monsters in person!

Sophie of Soul’s Journey will be at German Comic Con Berlin September 28 and 29 with Volume 1, prints and crochet plushies.

Michael is having a “Halloween Dress-Up Contest!” Michael’s been asked by Mandy what he’s wearing this Halloween and he’s having a tough time deciding! Create a cute, funny, zany costume for him to help him out! Contest will be running from September 1st through October 7th! Check out Michael for more details!

Returning from Hiatus in September!

Arbalest
Arbalest returns from a long summer vacation on September 2.

Gods of the Game
Gods of the Game will be back on September 2!

The Only Half Saga: The Devil’s Own
TOHS: The Devil’s Own returns from a two week chapter break on September 5th with “Prince Philippe”!

This month’s header image features (left to right) Kanar from Soul’s Journey, Toivo from Ingress Adventuring Company, Naia from Temerity, Seefa from Arbalest, Farran from Last Traveler, Chimalli from Corner the Maze, Vayandil from Realm of Owls, and Dominic from The Only Half Saga: The Devil’s Own

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