About the Comic
Cebelius – Writer
This is the first comic that I’ve worked on, but not the first story. I’ve been writing essentially all my life. Storytelling is a passion of mine and ever since I was read the Just-So stories, the Jungle Book, and Treasure Island as a child I’ve had a fascination with what makes a good story.
If you’re here for the pretty pictures, you’ve fallen right into my trap. Comicry relies on a story, but more than that it’s a vehicle for the artist to bring his or her imagination to the viewer in a way that the audience can enjoy and appreciate. I told Beowulf when he started this with me and Dream Taker later when she came on board that I am not the draw for Beyond the Veil. They have been, are, and will be into the future.
So what the hell does the comic need me for? Good question. As talented as Beowulf and Dream Taker are, either one of them could have put together a comic on their own and it would have been very popular, so why didn’t they?
If you’ve been reading web comics for a while you’ll realize that there are some VERY talented artists out there doing them. Some of them have some pretty decent storylines, and are very popular. Others have… crap storylines, but people still follow them because they have pretty pictures. That latter category of comic pisses me off. There are also some comics out there with very mediocre art that have really good followings as well because they have (at least) a decent story, sometimes a good story, very rarely a great story.
I hate those comics too.
I hate that second category of comic because I think the really good stories should either be written as short stories or novels, or be drawn by talent that can equal the quality of the tale itself.
That explains my presence here in part. I am here to supply a solid foundation for the artwork; to ensure that people don’t just come back week after week to marvel at the pretty pictures.
The scripting should be tight, grammatically correct, and the plot should have small caliber holes if any at all, not the big shotgun blast holes that make you really ashamed of yourself for loading the latest page. I want to make the story invisible. I want to make it so seamless that you never have to stop and wonder what the hell someone is talking about, or who they’re talking to, or why the hell they’re talking at all.
When you read a good book that’s how it is. You get the story as an image in your mind that unfolds in a way that inspires and uplifts, and when you put the book down, you might not remember any given line, but you remember the image it gave you and cherish that.
I want to make sure that you can cherish these images. I want the story to come alive for you without anything to break the flow. That’s why I’m here.
That and to tell silly jokes every so often. I’m only human.
DreamTaker – Artist
I go by Dream Taker, (though most just call me Dream ^^). I’m not really much of an artist, I just like drawing squiggly lines on digital paper now and again… or when Ceb tells me too. Gotta love ’em deadlines!
I’m a nerd for comics, grew up with them all my life, and I can thank my father for that. I went to an art school, dropped out, went back again, transferred, then had to quit. Along that agonizing journey I picked up a few tricks of the trade. Though…in my opinion, I’m bit rusty at it, heh. Every day, every image, every page, I’m learning something new. Sometimes I like it, although most times I wanna find a baby bird and drown it in the toilet. But Ceb seems to have faith in me and hopefully so do those of you enjoying the comic. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.
I am an addict for music, Dr. Pepper, and things with fangs. While doing this comic, I get all three! :3 The day Ceb asked me to take up the torch for the series I was not only squealing like a little girl, but was honored and I gladly accepted the invite. Now, here I am dreaming that one day when we are sitting side by side at our very own table during a convention, people will come up and want to meet the creators of a world they are thrilled to dive into and have become a part of.
So here’s hoping to meet you guys soon 😉
Wyla – Color and Backgrounds
I’m Wyla, newbie to the team and your resident colorist! (Also now the new website coding monkey.)
Drawing is a huge passion of mine but inking art is pretty much the bane of my existence; it’s all in the colours for me. I absolutely love being able to run wild with tones and lighting so I’m sure you can imagine how much I’m enjoying this! Words can’t even begin to describe how thrilled I was when Dream Taker and Ceb offered me the chance to work on the comic with them. C’mon; I get to work with a fantastic artist and a great writer, what more could I ask for? 😉
For those curious about the process; Dream sends me her lines and we work work together to figure out things such as outfit colours and room details. Once they’re all confirmed I apply the colours, shading and work in a background. It’s fun stuff and hopefully you guys like what I do!