The Spiderforest Webcomic Collective is pleased to announce the Kickstarter launch of its first-ever member anthology!
Collective members were challenged to come up with short stories incorporating spiders and forests. The result? A full-color, 130-page anthology featuring twenty standalone comics, in genres ranging from fantasy to cyberpunk, from the apocalyptic to the surreal.
The Kickstarter campaign to fund offset printing of the anthology will run from June 20th to July 14th. Apart from the book, it features a variety of custom rewards from Spiderforest creators: custom art, sketch editions, cameo appearances, and a Kickstarter-exclusive enamel pin featuring the collective’s “comic spider” logo.
Check out more details about the anthology, the stories, and the creators on the Kickstarter page!
One of our members, HELM, has been honored with a Eisner Award Nomination for Best Digital Comic! Please consider giving them your vote this month!
And big congratulations to the HELM team for their nomination!
SpiderForest creators have been working extra hard to bring you our very first SpiderForest Comic Anthology – the Kickstarter for which will be coming soon!
The Anthology will be 100+ pages of short comics based on the theme “Spider + Forest”. Consider supporting the Spider Forest Webcomic Collective by becoming a backer!
Conventions and Appearances
Kristin Tipping of Evil Witch Allie will be at Hot Comics and Collectables in New Hope, MN on June 14th!
James Nelson of Monster Lands, Laura Graves of Witches Get Stitches, and Kata Kane of Altar Girl will be at Heroes Con June 16-18!
Robin Childs of LeyLines will be attending Denver Comic Con June 30 – July 2nd, debuting: Wavemen Episode 1. Set in the Heian period, Wavemen is about a team of legendary heroes at the Emperor’s command who are tasked with investigating and solving supernatural crime. Book 4 of LeyLines will also be available!
Chirault is running a Kickstarter campaign for Volume 3! Check it out for books, prints, custom art, and cameo opportunities!
Also, Varethane will be signing books on Free Comic Book Day (May 6th) at Page & Panel (the TCAF shop) from 11-2, and at The Beguiling from 2-5. You can see more information here! Copies of Chirault Volume 1 and 2 will be available, as well as sketches for visitors.
Episodes 2 and 3 of the SpiderForest podcast have launched. Check them out below!
Christina Major of Sombulus will be at Phoenix Comicon May 25-28!
Kata Kane of Altar Girl will be at Free Comic Book Day May 6th at Collectors Corner in Parkville, MD, and at Tidewater Comic Con May 13-14th in Virginia Beach, VA.
Laura Graves will be at TCAF with the collected chapter available!
Robin Childs of LeyLines will be at Free Comic Book Day (FCBD on May 6th) at Mile High Comics in Denver (4600 Jason Street, Denver CO, 80211). It is a FREE EVENT at the country’s largest comics dealership, with 45,000 Square Feet of Comics, Books, Toys & Collectibles! Should be a fun event for all.
Soul’s Journey will be on break for the month of May. You can, however, ask the characters questions!
|Witches Get Stitches is returning from hiatus with a new 666 Bistro chapter! Updates to start on May 7th posting every other week (until life slows down)!|
|Altar Girl will be back from hiatus soon as Kata finishes up on her two new books with Papercutz “Charmz” line.|
Darwin Comics (The Only Half Saga and Gemutations) will be going on a hiatus from May 8th through the 31st. Updates will resume on June First with The Only Half Saga. Stay tuned to Darwin Comics for updates and official word on the return.
Lapse has reached the end of Chapter 4, and its halfway-point. If you’re not caught up, now’s a good time to check it out! It will also jump back into weekly updates August 3rd!
Sombulus has started up Act 7 and is turning 7 years old on May 16!
Saffron and Sage has a new website. In addition to a more stylish look, it also now hosts writer Daniel Kelly’s previous comic, Legend of the Hare, in its entirety
“Ana and the Cosmic Race” by Amy Chu and Kata Kane is available for pre-order now! Contact your local comic shop and use order code MAR171967 or MAR171968 for paperback and hardcover editions.
Our new podcast is here!
The collective has launched a new podcast where we interview creators and discuss the craft of making webcomics! Listen to our first episode here!
Laura Graves will be at DINK and C2E2 debuting the second 666 Bistro comic!
Kata Kane of Altar Girl will be at B-More Into Comics and Creator Con in April!
G Pike of Title Unrelated will be at Indiana Comic Con with books 1-2 of Title Unrelated (+ other comics too!)
Christina Major of Sombulus will be at Silicon Valley Comic Con April 21-23!
Robin Childs of LeyLines will be at Denver Comic Fest!
Be back in a bit!
|Sombulus will return when Christina is done with taxes. And conventions.|
|LaSalle’s Legacy is continuing its hiatus for another month. New pages will return in May.|
|Due to medical emergencies, My Hero! will be going on hiatus for a bit. Feel better soon!|
|Due to unforeseen complications the past couple of weeks, Darwin will be scaling both Plague and The Only Half Saga back to every other week. She hopes not to be on this schedule longer than until the end of Easter Break (for her April 15th ish).|
New Books, Chapters and Milestones!
HELM will begin Chapter 4 (Hearthfire) on Thursday, 4/13. The first page of Chapter 4 will be live the following Tuesday, 4/18.
Evil Witch Allie has launched into its second arc! Also keep an eye out for volume 1 in print some time in early April.
Arbalest turns 1 year old on April 11th! Mitsukaiten would like to thank you for taking this slow-burning monster journey with her.
This month, Darwin will release her latest novel effort The Only Half Saga: Genesis. Genesis is a collection of three novellas centering around how dhampirs came to be, and the repercussions of their ascension. Keep an eye out on Darwin Comics for future news and links. Tentative Release Date is April 15th!
Fine Sometimes Rain will be starting its 4th year on April 7th.
Castoff celebrates its 2nd anniversary on April 17th, and will be hitting 200 pages at the end of the month!
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?
Thanks for all the Apps!
It was a banner season with a whopping sixty-eight applications to review! We’re still in deliberation and we’ll announce our newest members hopefully within the next week! Be on the lookout! 🙂
Conventions and Creator Swag
|Jennifer Zyren Smith will be at Cosmic Comix And Toys in Cantonsville, MD for a signing on Saturday March 25 from 11 – 3. She will have the first three books of LaSalle’s Legacy with her as well as some original artist trading cards. Stop by and chat about pirates, zombies, and comics!||Chapter 3 is for XII: Of Magic and Muses is now available! It can be purchased as a PDF from XII’s store or as a $5 backer on their Patreon.|
Anniversaries and Milestones
|Chapter 4 of Heracles Knot starts March 8th!|
|The seamusandabbie.com site will be undergoing maintenance from 3/3 – 3/10. Please use the alternate site in the mean time!|
|LaSalle’s Legacy will be going on a brief one month hiatus in March due to medical reasons. We will return with the start of Chapter 21 in April!|
|Sombulus wraps up Act 6! Act 7 will be starting sometime in April after a quick break.|
|Title Unrelated will be finishing Chapter 5 and going on a break starting March 13.|
|MoonSlayer will be going on hiatus until September! Click here for more info. Feel free to send your fanart or pretty words meanwhile!
Also, from now until our return, patrons will have the pages as soon as they’re made from the 1$ tier!
|My Hero! is going to be going down to one update a week for the next little bit until Alli’s hand heals.||Izzi of “Seamus and Abbie” was interviewed not once but TWICE! Check out what she had to say about her journey on COMIC BOOKED and/or COMIC BOOK AND MOVIE REVIEWS Additionally she has an Indigogo getting ready to roll out soon! Be on the lookout for more news in that arena!||What it Takes is getting ready for an eventual print run! Now’s the time to go back and re-read the revised Chapters 1 and 2 to see what’s changed!|
Application Season is upon us!
Have a long form or strip comic? Do you want to join a community of like-minded creators out to help in personal and professional growth? SpiderForest’s February Application Season runs from February 1st-18th! Polish up your application and give it a go! Be sure to take a look at our guidelines and join the forum to get a feel for our community!
We have a brand new Discord chat room called the Webcomic Clinic dedicated to giving helpful, friendly feedback on your webcomic art! Join the SpiderForest server on Discord here!
My Hero! by Jim Perry and Alli Myers-Perry has been welcomed into SpiderForest! My Hero! follows Hasera, an arguably unqualified Guardian who has been assigned the Champion of her dreams: renowned hero, the Lark.
However, there are two sayings she should have remembered: “Be careful what you wish for,” and “never meet your idols.”
Of Dhampirs and Warlocks kicked off “Laying Down the Law” on January 19th! Cabal and Miranda must make a decision about the vampires and humans who now populate the lower halls. Will they be allowed to become permanent residents? What kinds of rules will they have to follow for the privilege?
Chapter three of Hercules Knot ends on February 15th, and the comic will be on a 2-week break before chapter 4 starts up!
Application Season February 1-18th
Do you want to be an official member of SpiderForest? This is your chance! Our February Application Season is almost here! Time to start checking out the FAQ and polishing up your application!
As a reminder, policy was updated in August, requiring all creators intending to reapply to seek critique through the Spiderforest Forums before resubmitting for consideration. With only a month remaining this process should begin immediately in order for re-applicants to have time to address the concerns.
This policy only applies to applicants who applied in past seasons and are reapplying – not to new applicants. However, we encourage even new applicants to come by the forums and solicit critique in advance of the application season!
Application season will open on February 1st through the 18th!
Leylines: New Chapter Begins!
Chapter 13 of LeyLines will begin in January! In which a trickster god of knowledge is confronted for his possession shenanigans and a history lesson sheds new light on modern conflicts.
Vanguard’s Next Chapter
Vanguard’s thirteenth chapter begins in January!
Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones!
Soul’s Journey turns two on Jan 1st and will hopefully return from the break on Jan 12th, given that I get internet access in my place as planned.
Sombulus celebrates its 600th page in January!
SF Creator Comings and Goings!
Monstrous Mimi is officially off hiatus!
Arbalest returns with regular weekly updates starting January 2!
Terra returns from hiatus January 4th with the start of chapter 10!
Jasper Gold has been on hiatus due to Jamil’s much needed move. Updates should resume late December or early January!
The Ferrin had to go on an unplanned hiatus due to RL intruding, but plans on returning by January 16th!
Additionally There will be a bonus world building type content for patrons on patreon starting in January !! once or twice a month there will be bonus art and information about The races and groups within the Ferrin!
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!|
The SpiderForest Coloring Book has been Kickstarted and successfully funded! Thank you to everyone who backed the project and helped make it a success!
Darwin Comics returns in the month of November! The Only Half Saga picks up where it left off with Decisions, Decisions page six on November 3rd! Plague comes roaring back November 7th with the second to last chapter “The End of the Matter.”
|Laura Graves of Witches Get Stitches will be at ShortRun November 5th, and Jet City November 6th! Her new comic, Meat Sweats, will also be available online later this month.||
The website for Soul’s Journey received a makeover and shines with new colors now.
|Kez of What it Takes is gettin’ murried! There will be a 2 week break from comics during which some amazing guest art will be posted! Comics will resume November 21st.|
Lastly, thanks everyone who has supported the Comic of the Week participants thus far. They’re really enjoying the readership spikes! The cross promotion continues throughout the month of November.
Until next time, SpiderFolks!