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!|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Comic News & Celebrations
SpiderForest is opening up applications for new webcomics to add to our collective starting August 1 and running through August 22!
What are we looking for?
Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Fantasy… you name it! SpiderForest is a collective of independent creators who craft original strip-form and long-form fiction webcomics. We help each other reach new audiences, share project and art exchanges, and get feedback from a like-minded group of peers. A friendly, positive environment that encourages respect and growth, we help comic artists at all levels learn from our experiences as artists, storytellers, and promoters through our forum-based community.
If you create a comic and this sounds like a place you want to join, please review our application page and associated FAQ for more information. Questions may be directed to our forums or to email@example.com.
Our forums are open to join for everyone, so stop on by, tell us about your comic, and see what our community is all about!
August Application Season!!
Kickstarters and other Moneymakers
|Ben, the creator of Derelict, has a Kickstarter for his other comic Sword Interval running now through July 7th!||MoonSlayer has a new store! With new original art and the latest MoonSlayer prints added to the collection!|
Conventions and Appearances
|Damsels Don’t Wear Glasses has come to its end of chapter hiatus! Red Clause will be taking the time to refresh and rebuild her buffer!|
|Soul’s Journey will be on hiatus until August 11th while Sophie finishes her bachelor thesis. But fear not, there’s a contest to fill the hiatus, for more information check the website on July 7th!|
|Moonslayer will be taking a semi-hiatus in summer. More info here|
|Retroblade wraps up Chapter 1! There will be a summer hiatus from the main story, lasting until the 26th August, while Freya takes a break and plans for the Retroblade Book 1 Kickstarter and Chapter 2.|
|Spare Keys for Strange Doors is on break while Lucy tends to her new baby. Look for a special guest story by Lucy Lyall and Tiffany Munro of Stargazer’s Gate later this month!|
|Out of My Element will be going on hiatus while Jim and Alli start work on a new project.|
Anniversaries and Milestones
Robin Childs of LeyLines and Christina Major of Sombulus will be at Phoenix Comic Con June 2-5! Also catch Robin at Denver Comic Con June 17-19!
Witchery etc. will be at Yeticon in Ontario, Canada, June 10-12 and at Indy PopCon in Indianapolis, IN, June 17-19. Come stop by the artist alley and say hi!
Kata Kane of Altar Girl and Laura Graves of Witches Get Stitches will be at Heroescon June 17-19! Also catch Laura at Olympia Comics Festival in Olympia Washington June 4!
Just in time for The Only Half Saga’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, TOHS’s Dead Zone (Vol 2) will be coming out June 10th! Join Darwin as she spins another set of yarns that give more depth to the TOHS universe and characters! Will be available in print and Kindle versions! Check out her Amazon Page or Darwin Comics for more details!
Laura Graves is releasing a new coloured edition of 666 Bistro debuting at Heroescon! Archvold finally has a new job working at the restaurant 666 Bistro! She now works retail in HELL literally! Her boss is a cannibalistic chef extraordinaire and Archy now must search for rare and unique and exotic ingredients or her boss will use her instead!
|On June 3rd, Chirault reaches its 1000th page! That’s as much as 100 tens. And that’s a lot.|
|Requiem turns 12 on June 7th!|
|School Spirit turns 12 on June 12. The strip will then officially be older than the chronological age of most of the kids…|
|Mitsukaiten of Arbalest is getting married this month!|
Soul’s Journey is about to wrap up the intermission and will start with Chapter 3 on June 16th.
What it Takes got its own domain! Please change your bookmarks and visit it at acityinaplace.com
Castoff just wrapped up chapter 2! If you’ve been meaning to catch up on Vector and Arianna’s misadventures, now is the perfect time! In addition, the comic will be taking a short break during the first half of June, but will be posting guest art M/W/F during the intermission and returning to twice-weekly updates on June 13th!
Free Comic Book Day!
That’s right! May 7th will be Free Comic Book day! Check out the map above to find where your favorite Spiderforest Creator will be offering comics, sketches, and swag to celebrate the day!
SF Creators include:
From the creator of creator of Cetiya (may it rest in peace) comes Arbalest, a brand new dark fantasy webcomic that launched allllll the way back in mid-April. Check it out! Join us in welcoming the newest Spiderforest Comic to join the ranks!
Footloose Comics will be repping the UK SpiderForest crowd at MCM London Comic Con on 27-29th May. We’ll be in the Comic Village (location TBC) and will have our usual print copies of Footloose Vol1 & 2 plus we’ll be Debuting our beautiful new, full colour Cherry Omnibus! We’re very excited to be selling this lovely new paperback that collects the first six chapters of our comic.
Support Our Creators!
The Gods of the Game Patreon is now live! Help support the comic making efforts of one of our Spiderforest Creators!
Milestones and Anniversaries!
|Sombulus is celebrating its sixth anniversary this month (May 16)! Thank you for six years of world-hopping adventure!||Darwin Comics is in the midst of it’s 10th anniversary celebration! Currently Darwin is running a Name that Frame Contest! The contest wraps up May 13th, but it’s not too late to join in! Check out either Plague (10 in April) or TOHS (10 in June) each Friday for details on how to enter and win!|
Hiatuses and Returns
Robin Childs of LeyLines is proud to unveil her newest co-written comic, Wavemen, launching April 4 on IndieGoGo!
Maryanne Rose Papke of Xylobone Tomes is launching a Kickstarter for a collection of some of her other comics entitled, Tessellated Tile, running April 1-30.
ThisComic.Rocks‘ ZUKAHNAUT VIII: IRON FIST wraps up this month–read its conclusion early by picking up the hi-def PDF or CBR on Gumroad for just 99¢!
Where does fantasy end and sci-fi begin? And where does that put horror, comedy, and tragedy? Join David Davis of Cosmic Dash and other sci-fi creators as they explore these topics and more on the triumphant return of PodWarp: 1999!
Webcomic Alliance Chat
Webcomic Alliance Chat is a gathering of webcomic artists (including Robin Childs of LeyLines) chatting and making their place on the internet and convention scenes. Bring them your questions, your grievances, and your beer and sit back for a good time!
|Witchery etc. will be at Tekko, April 8-10 in Pittsburgh, PA. Stop by the Artist Alley and say hi!|
|Christina Major of Sombulus and Laura Graves of Witches Get Stitches will be at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle April 7-10! Also stop by Laura’s Spooky Comics Panel on Saturday!|
|Maryanne Rose Papke will be at S.P.A.C.E. in Columbus, OH on April 9-10!|
|The SpiderForest Collective is thrilled to be returning to Small Press Expo in 2016! We hope to see you there in September!|
Bad Moon Rising will return from Hiatus April 4th. Mv appreciates everyone’s patience while she took a month off to study.
Kez is taking a scheduled 2 week break from What it Takes mid-April. If you’ve got any What it Takes or post-apocalyptic related art you’d like featured, drop Kez a line at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Gemutatons: Plague kicks off with “One Last Time.” Blue continues to try and sabotage Q’s operations, even as David finds the hideout, and Tom takes matters into his own hands.
Castoff celebrates its 1-year anniversary on April 17th! Also, check out the comic’s new Patreon campaign for tons of bonus content and early access to completed pages!
LaSalle’s Legacy returns on April 4 with Chapter 20!
Altar Girl is on hiatus! Congratulations to Kata on her new baby boy!