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Wayward Fall Interview – Part 1

Taversia, author and artist for the Vampire webcomic Wayward Fall, takes the hot seat.

Example snippet from the vampire webcomic Wayward Fall featuring Vigana

Q1. What’s your webcomic ‘Wayward Fall’ about?

A1. Over the course of the past couple of years that Wayward Fall has been online, its storyline has continued to unravel and evolve. I first began the comic with my co-writer, AntiType, in Autumn/Winter of 2008 (it was a transitional period; the first pages were created on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But the comic itself did not go live until December 17th). It centres around a vampire, Vigana, who grew up in the Dark Ages, now reawakened in the modern era, in an urban underground society. She fell in with the mob, operating the fictitious city of Wayward Falls, and soon came in to working for them as a hit-woman. It outlines her inner struggles, coming to terms with the trials and tribulations of her rather unfortunate life. Although there are many comedic elements within the comic, at its core, Wayward Fall is an ongoing romantic tragedy with a strong fantasy/sci-fi theme. There are also subtle religious undertones abound. As the story continues to develop, it will gradually become much darker. Furthermore, not any one character is safe from at some point, facing destruction at the discretion of the writers (currently, just me).

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Prepare to Die Interview – Part 2

The Prepare to Die interview with Michael Dellheim continues, now on the subject of the WAGON Webcomic Battle Card Game.

Click here if you haven’t read the Prepare to Die Interview – Part 1

Do you have any hidden talents?

Oh I have many hidden talents, like… um… actually I can’t think of anything specific. Maybe my hidden talent is the ability to pull things out of nowhere when people least expect it of me. My talents are so hidden that I don’t even know I have them half the time! Like a magician! Or a ninja!! A Ninja Magician!!!

… yeah I’m not buying it either.

Wagon Webcomic Battle Card GameIn fact you’ve invented your own card game! What is WAGON: Webcomic Battle and how is it played?

THAT is a long question to answer, but here’s the general idea…

The World Alliance of Geeks Online Network (W.A.G.O.N.) was established as an organization that supports independent creative websites across the internet. WAGON Webcomic Battle is a collectable cardgame created to help promote and support the content of webcomics in particular, though we do have a few cards that have come in from other sources of Geekdom.

Using creator-submitted artwork we create cards that translate the essence of a comic’s characters and plot elements into a form that can interact with the cards from other webcomics on the battlefield. This fight of course isn’t just for the fighters… sword-wielding psychos, mad scientists, and even angry videogame playing geeks can all contribute to the battle in their own unique ways. I dare say there ISN’T a comic that we couldn’t somehow integrate into the game system.

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The 30 Characters Challenge

This is cool and if I’d heard about it earlier I would have totally signed up!
30 characters challenge
‘The 30 Characters Challenge’ is to create 30 new characters in 30 days, one for every day in November*. Because there can never be too many characters, right? Who’s with me?

This is a great website to visit for inspiration not to mention great art. With over 150 participants, including several webcomic artists, all you’ve gotta do is sit there and refresh the page ever 10 minutes or so and you’re going to find something new.

We’re talking characters in every style and genre, stretching the imagination and getting the creative juices flowing. Those artistic muscles don’t exercise themselves! Character design can be tricky and there’s nothing like learning by example.

Registration is closed, but late-comers are encouraged to participate on their personal websites. Personally I’ll be waiting til next year (I should be using my free time to draw comics anyway), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t bookmarked 30characters.com and won’t be enjoying what its artists have to offer – I certainly shall.

*Yes, the same month as NaNoWriMo, just to be awkward.

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Hello and Thanks

Hi there and welcome to “Epic Fail.”  (As you can see I have high hopes for this  web comic!)  Thank you for coming, I really hope you bookmark this page and come back often, for what an adventure there is to come!

I have many thanks to give this day.  Firstly is The Webcomic Beacon and its hosts Fes and Tanya.  These are lovely people who do a webcomic podcast on a weekly basis, providing lots of useful information and inspiration to webcomicers.  Without them I would not have had the courage to start this project.  Every episode was encouragement for me.

I also owe gratitude to Zander Cannon mainly for this page with its fantastically-useful comic template.  It made drawing frames 100% easier and I use it for every page.

I’d also like to thank the friends whom I role-play with.  Their creativity is the basis for much of the plot and characters.  They also help me by reviewing new pages and giving me feedback.  Their support so far is amazing!

On the technical side I’m grateful to ComicPress for its comic publishing theme (their hard work has made publishing a comic online easy for me) and by extension WordPress for its priceless publishing platform.

Last, but not-at-all least, is Xepher.net who has wonderfully provided the hosting for this website and all its content for free, with practically zero limitations.  They do this for many other creative individuals too, therefore I encourage you to support them to the fullest.  They are very friendly and their service has been impeccable thus far.  Cheers!