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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The SAGA is underway

Will Caligan is already hard at work on SAGA OF THE SWAN KNIGHT. He thought some of you might be interested in having a look at his concept of Gil, the Swan Knight's Son.


Some people have been asking about when they're going to start receiving their Alt-Hero rewards. Links to download the first two digital editions will be going out in March, probably closer to the end than to the beginning. Alt-Hero #1 and Avalon #1 are both illustrated and inked, and are being colored now. Please understand that these are MAJOR undertakings, the work will not be done overnight, and we are actually making remarkably fast progress on them. I will continue to keep all the backers updated through the Arkhaven mailing list.

The reason we are releasing other comics such as Right Ho, Jeeves #1 and Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted #1 first is because we need to test both the digital and print processes before we publish anything from the campaign. Remember, we have never done ANY of this before. As for Dark Legion Comics, keep in mind that those publications are already-completed projects that are being brought to us for publishing. For example, all 300+ pages of Rebel Dead Revenge are already complete; we will publish the first of the two graphic novels in print when we publish the digital edition of Issue #5.

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51 Comments:

Blogger D.J. February 15, 2018 4:48 PM  

This is great to see.

I hope sales of the graphic novel are enough to justify more Moth and Cobweb done this way.

Blogger Thot February 15, 2018 4:58 PM  

So glad I'm backing these! Once again, if the artists that work on these endeavors put together "sketchbooks" of rough works I will gladly hand over more money.

Also, how's the website coming along? Really looking forward to it as well.

Blogger David The Good February 15, 2018 5:02 PM  

Nice work, Will.

Blogger Jon Mollison February 15, 2018 5:03 PM  

Great news. Good things come to those who wait. But aside from the comics, I'm also stoked to see how the Alt*Hero t-shirts turn out. I'm looking forward to showing the colors down at the local game/comic shop.

Blogger Jon Mollison February 15, 2018 5:05 PM  

Oh. Yeah. Good point, David. That really nails the look of Gil. He has just the right look of pensive reluctance and determination in his eyes. My youngest daughter is too young for the novelization, but I think she'll get a kick out of the graphic version.

Blogger Ingot9455 February 15, 2018 5:07 PM  

Nicely done. After all, it's important that Gil have good hair.

Blogger Longtime Lurker February 15, 2018 5:07 PM  

Outstanding.

Blogger lowercaseb February 15, 2018 5:15 PM  

I try not to retreat into NoCal speak often..but damn! That is some hella tight detail work on that character. Will has a really clean style that works well for Gil.

Bravo Will Caligan!

Blogger Glenn Phillips February 15, 2018 5:18 PM  

Vox, will that mailing list have updates for the RPG? I missed the link for that. I will learn this game-mastering thing just to have the pleasure of submitting events and running it at conventions.

BTW. Nice job Will

Blogger tuberman February 15, 2018 5:22 PM  

We is patiently waiting.

Blogger Cubby8126 February 15, 2018 5:24 PM  

Take your time vox. Better for the backers to wait awile for good product then pay for quick garbage

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 15, 2018 5:25 PM  

Hair color is important IMO.

But does EVS approve?

Blogger Teleros February 15, 2018 5:25 PM  

Will Caligan is already hard at work on SAGA OF THE SWAN KNIGHT. He thought some of you might be interested in having a look at his concept of Gil, the Swan Knight's Son.

Second thought: looks pretty good.

First thought: I wonder if that armour is historically accurate? What would Matt Easton or Shadiversity say about it?

This kind of thing happens when I watch superhero or sci-fi movies & shows too.

I may have a problem :P .

Remember, we have never done ANY of this before.

I think Castalia House is proof enough that you know what you're doing. If it takes a little longer than hoped, so be it. Patience is virtue, or so I'm told.

Blogger Silly but True February 15, 2018 5:31 PM  

Looks great!

Blogger SirHamster February 15, 2018 5:46 PM  

Teleros wrote:First thought: I wonder if that armour is historically accurate? What would Matt Easton or Shadiversity say about it?

Historically accurate?! And here I thought this was merely a fantasy series from the muse of JCWright.

What else has the Deep State covered up from the masses?

Blogger David The Good February 15, 2018 5:48 PM  

Jon Mollison wrote:Oh. Yeah. Good point, David. That really nails the look of Gil. He has just the right look of pensive reluctance and determination in his eyes. My youngest daughter is too young for the novelization, but I think she'll get a kick out of the graphic version.

Yeah, I think this series was the best choice for Will's style. And Gil looks even better than I thought he would.

Blogger CM February 15, 2018 5:58 PM  

Oh nice! Where do I back these? Is this based on Wright's books?

Blogger mike mike February 15, 2018 6:01 PM  

looks great!

Blogger Michael February 15, 2018 6:05 PM  

Just keep the previews coming so I can shill them to all my friends and acquaintances.

Blogger SirHamster February 15, 2018 6:06 PM  

CM wrote:Oh nice! Where do I back these? Is this based on Wright's books?

The Freestartr was a week long and is over. These will probably be on Amazon for sale as ebook and print when they're done, so you can support it then.

Yes, these are based on the trilogy. A plurality of the Freestartr backers wanted to see Wright's books adapted.

Looking forward to the result.

Blogger Michael February 15, 2018 6:06 PM  

I don't Gil's garb is accurate for any one particular era but rather reflects a Platonic ideal of knightly garb.

Blogger Forge the Sky February 15, 2018 6:10 PM  

Very nicely done! The slightly less stylized (compared to the previous samples of Will’s work) execution is about perfect for the subject matter.

The only thing I question is the swan-head pauldron. It looks like someone decapitated a cartoon goose. Maybe something a bit more abstract rather than lifelike?

Blogger Man of the Atom February 15, 2018 6:19 PM  

Forge the Sky wrote:Very nicely done! The slightly less stylized (compared to the previous samples of Will’s work) execution is about perfect for the subject matter.

The only thing I question is the swan-head pauldron. It looks like someone decapitated a cartoon goose. Maybe something a bit more abstract rather than lifelike?


The Gawain is fine.

Blogger Matthew February 15, 2018 6:24 PM  

Teleros wrote:Remember, we have never done ANY of this before.

I think Castalia House is proof enough that you know what you're doing


What our competitors---let alone our detractors---do not understand is that the CH team have the intellectual firepower to succeed at any kind of production we choose. Time, age, and foregone opportunity are our only real enemies.

Blogger Matthew February 15, 2018 6:28 PM  

Forge the Sky wrote:Very nicely done! The slightly less stylized (compared to the previous samples of Will’s work) execution is about perfect for the subject matter.



No one would ever dare accuse SF Grandmaster John C. Wright of having stylized anything.

Blogger korbin ransley February 15, 2018 6:49 PM  

Awesome. Thanks 8^)

Blogger korbin ransley February 15, 2018 6:53 PM  

Awesome. Thanks 8^)

Blogger Junius Stone February 15, 2018 6:56 PM  

Better to take longer and make sure it is done right than to rush out a substandard, buggy project. Ask master chefs. Or the computer game industry.

Blogger Junius Stone February 15, 2018 6:57 PM  

Good art, btw.

Blogger NeoNietzsche: February 15, 2018 7:46 PM  

(Uh, is there already an operating Arkhaven mailing list? And how do we get on it? Cause, uh, I'm a backer but haven't seen (don't think I've seen) any Arkhaven emails. Should Castalia also be white-listed?)

And Gil looks super! Just as he should!

Blogger tweell February 15, 2018 7:51 PM  

Excellent! I was only able to put in for the digital copy during the Freestartr, am hoping to buy this in print when it comes out.

Blogger VD February 15, 2018 7:55 PM  

Cause, uh, I'm a backer but haven't seen (don't think I've seen) any Arkhaven emails.

Then an email has been sent to you. I'm afraid I can't be responsible for everyone's spam filters. I would recommend whitelisting castaliahouse.com.

Blogger Dave W. February 15, 2018 8:27 PM  

Looks great! Looking forward to it!

Blogger William Hughes February 15, 2018 8:42 PM  

Thank you.

Blogger Brad Matthews February 15, 2018 8:54 PM  

I like his style. Does he read here?

Blogger CM February 15, 2018 9:41 PM  

The Freestartr was a week long and is over. These will probably be on Amazon for sale as ebook and print when they're done, so you can support it then.

Well I won't skip the comic announcements again. Just bought the book for my son.

Blogger Starboard February 15, 2018 9:51 PM  

Looks great!

Blogger Crew February 15, 2018 9:55 PM  

I see one of the on-line computer course offerings helps defend against the "Dank Digital Arts"!

Blogger Nate February 15, 2018 10:07 PM  

I was on the Stars Came Back train... But this does look fantastic

Blogger Azure Amaranthine February 15, 2018 10:09 PM  

"No one would ever dare accuse SF Grandmaster John C. Wright of having stylized anything."

Like dueling pistols in Menelaus Montrose's world.

It's totally reasonable for a pistol to be about 30 inches long, weigh something like 70 pounds, and fire seven different guided projectiles and pyrotechnics almost simultaneously.

Blogger Forge the Sky February 15, 2018 11:49 PM  

"No one would ever dare accuse SF Grandmaster John C. Wright of having stylized anything."

It's still very stylized, and it should be, but the proportions are less so - as is appropriate for the (even if cartoonishly) heroic subject matter.

As for the swan head, I think there's a difference between goofy and whimsical, but maybe it's just me in this case.

Blogger Matthew February 16, 2018 12:06 AM  

Forge the Sky wrote:As for the swan head, I think there's a difference between goofy and whimsical, but maybe it's just me in this case.

In a prose novel, the author can write, "Gil did XYZ and said NP." In a graphic novel where many characters are knights in armor, I suspect a different means of identification is warranted.

Blogger Matthew February 16, 2018 12:08 AM  

An actual swan epaulette is something I never ever could have come up with by myself.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright February 16, 2018 12:14 AM  

That is EXCELLENT! Wow!

;D

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright February 16, 2018 12:15 AM  

@6 "Nicely done. After all, it's important that Gil have good hair."

So true! And the above pic is nice.

Blogger Eric I. Gatera. February 16, 2018 1:01 AM  

This looks good. However, the little finger looks to me as awkwardly twisted.

Blogger jdgalt February 16, 2018 1:06 AM  

Where can I join the Arkhaven mailing list? The margins of this page seem to list everything else you do, but not that.

Blogger Dire Badger February 16, 2018 1:08 AM  

It is, if his little finger is up like that, the palm line should go across his palm to the inner curve of the thumb, instead of down to his wrist... Makes it look like he's got thumbs on both sides of his right hand.

On the gripping hand, though... hands are REALLY hard. The art is great even if there are minor inconsistencies, and since it's just a sketch, most likely it is just a stray sketch line that will get cleaned up during Inking.

While the armor is nothing like I'd imagined, it's quite interesting... and his facial build and expression are perfect.

Blogger James Jones February 16, 2018 6:11 AM  

I'd give both arms to be able to draw like that.

Blogger John Wright February 16, 2018 4:42 PM  

@22

"The only thing I question is the swan-head pauldron. It looks like someone decapitated a cartoon goose."

Mock ye not the Swan Pauldron!

I must definitely add that to Gil's armor in the next book.

Blogger Starboard February 16, 2018 5:55 PM  

Nate "I was on the Stars Came Back train... But this does look fantastic"

I was on the Swan Knight train, but I am hoping for the healing power of _and_.

And Rolf Nelson, and Peter Grant, and Rod Walker, and...

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