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!
Comic of the Week
Starting October 3rd, Spiderforest creators will be cross-promoting other comics in the collective! Be on the lookout each week now through December 24th on your favorite Spiderforest comics for weekly spotlights!
Spiderforest Coloring Book Kickstarter!
The first-ever SpiderForest Coloring Book Kickstarter is running October 3-18! Enjoy coloring lineart from over 20 SpiderForest comics!
Leylines Volume 4 Kickstarter!
LeyLines Volume Four Kickstarter runs until October 21st! Messed up kids trying to fix their family, world, and gods. Most importantly: themselves.
Christina Major of Sombulus will be at Santa Clarita Valley Comic Con, Phoenix Fan Fest, and Comikaze in October! Check out her fall convention schedule for more details!
Halflight by Keyake will reach its sixth year on October 31st!
6-Commando by Mr. Average has reached the halfway mark – six chapters and over 250 pages!
Monica of Moonslayer is publishing another coloring book in the month of October (Possibly October 10th)! It includes some MS related drawings, including 3 of Henna before the curse! Keep an eye on her website for more information!
|Darwin Comics is on Hiatus until the first of November! That doesn’t mean however that she’s going completely dark! Check out her comics Gemutations: Plague and The Only Half Saga for Fan Art from fellow Spiderforest Creators as well as sneak peeks at upcoming projects! (Not to mention the COTW Shout Outs!) A Halloween special will round out the hiatus and updates will resume on November 3rd for TOHS and November 7th for Plague!|
|Mr. Average of 6-Commando will be taking a breather until November to work on a side project! Updates will resume November 7th!|
SpiderForest is happy to announce the addition of thirteen new comics to our ranks! In alphabetical order, please welcome:
Bruno Harm: Bruno Harm is getting old, he’s getting fat, but he’s still getting the bad guys, and having a laugh in the process!
Chronicles of Oro: A gang of teenagers wants to fight a zombie dragon with hand-me-down jewelry.
Culture Shock: In the middle of a modern city, a Japanese ninja and a medieval knight are forced to share an apartment together.
Mailbox Rocketship: Heroes, wizards, aliens, and death himself. Keith’s life just got interesting.
Monsterous Mimi: Mimi is normal, very normal.
Moon Gone Dark: The Wayfarer of the Nights follows an unknown path through the ages and the dreams of everything which anyone can dream.
Seamus and Abbie: Seamus is proof of the struggle of a good man with a bad attitude going through trying times with a dreary cat on his shoulder.
Sons of the Forgotten: The story of Erric, who follows in the steps of his grandfather to become the greatest hero ever seen.
Storm and Desire: Together, three women set out to learn the secret history of the multiverse.
The Tale of Jasper Gold: When settled rancher Jasper Gold’s bounty hunting past catches up with him, Jasper must take up his gun once again to track down a gang of criminals as he searches for his lost daughter.
Vanguard: The story of a team of genetically enhanced meta-humans employed by the British government to protect the nation’s interests, at home and abroad.
White Noise: Characters engineered to be super soldiers band together to fight an alien invasion.
XII: Of Magic and Muses: Hear the call. Accept the task. Unite.
We will have more news on our new members soon. Stay tuned!
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!|
You heard that right: application season is now open for self-hosted comics from today (August 1st) up through August 22nd! Our application forms, along with what we’re looking for in applicants, can be found here, and further information can be found in our application FAQ.
Conventions & Appearances
Christina Major of Sombulus has officially joined the Webcomic Alliance! Listen to her introductory podcast episode!
David Davis of Cosmic Dash will be appearing at Palm Springs Comic Con from August 26th to the 28th with some rad new Cosmic Dash swag and some mini-comics. Please come see him if you’re in the area!
Witchery etc. will be at Flame Con 2 in Brooklyn, NY on August 20-21!