Those who follow me on twitter or facebook will already have heard about the Spindrift project. I thought I’d write about it in some detail here, as 140 characters isn’t near enough to do it justice.
I’ve talked about Elsa Kroese before. She did the gorgeous cover for my recently-released book (visible over to the right there—>). But long before that we were collaborating on something else. It must be nearly a year since I first heard about her plans to develop a graphic novel; it’s easily six or seven months since work on Spindrift began in earnest. The story concept, characters and much of the plot are Elsa’s creations; my role has been to refine, tweak or add to the storyline as appropriate and otherwise to work on dialogue. The lion’s share of the task – the drawing – falls entirely to Elsa.
The novel is being published online on its own website (www.spindrift-comic.com). It’s free to read, and I believe it will always be free (though artists must eat, too: if you like the comic and want to support the creator, there is the option to donate). The first two pages of the prologue were released yesterday! I invite you to view them here.
So what kind of story is it? Here’s the blurb:
Spindrift is a weekly updated comic featuring a modern fantasy story about intrigue, warfare, family, love and betrayal. The story follows the conflict between the close-minded, conservative Alar race and their mortal enemies, the power-hungry Ildrei. And one young woman who gets caught in between…
As half-Alar, half-Ildrei, Morwenna’s existence offends both races. She and her companions must find a way to navigate the conflict – and attempt to bring peace between the two sides.
Elsa is currently working flat-out to produce more pages of the novel. She’s planning to release at least one page per week for the next few months, until we reach the end of the story. If you like the look of it and want to receive regular updates about new pages and extras, you can bestow some love on the facebook page .
Enjoy the free eye candy!