They may not drive us to drink, but they do drive us to sleep early…
Happy New Year, everybody. May the year be great for you all, even if it does come with it’s share of lows from time to time. We need those difficult periods to appreciate the good in the world, don’t we? Anyway, here’s hoping as much that can go right does, eh?
Thank you for sticking with School Spirit for another year, particularly during December when, unfortunately, School Spirit had to take a back seat for a while. As promised, 2012′s archive is complete again with every missed strip from December in place by New Year’s Eve. If you haven’t caught up on the Fasions On The Field story arc then go back and have a quick read. The End of Year Series is also now complete, so you can read that in full on the way!
The plan this year for School Spirit, at this point, is to once again fill the year with fun from the kids. Early resolutions are to utilise social media a lot more and try to get the strip seen by a broader audience. We’ll see how that goes. I’m fair dinkum dumb when it comes to social networking! There are a few story arcs that have been waiting in the wings for appropriate times to start, so maybe one or two of the major events that have been thought over will make an appearance this year. The main aim though is to once again make sure the full range of characters get their fair share of arcs. We’ll see how well that goes.
Look forward to hearing from you all through out the year. Feel free to have your opinions, thoughts and laughter heard on the site. We’ll be moving towards the ninth birthday in June, an age that I believe is one of the most important in anyone’s life. That final year before you reach double figures and realise you’re growing up.
The last few weeks of term have been a little hectic, and the updates for School Spirit have been a little sporadic as a result. School holidays are here now, and already enough strips have been put together to catch up to today’s date (September 23rd). They’ll be updating daily from now on until their date catches up with the current date, from which point they will be back to three times a week. Thanks for your patience, but most of you know the strips eventually catch back up with their dates before too long.
See you back here every day or so then to catch the latest School Spirit pages. Everyone likes dinosaurs, eh?
Things moved ahead and about a little faster than I could handle these last few weeks, so I unfortunately fell behind with the Spiderforest Comic of the Week events lately. But I will remedy this now! Here are THREE great Spiderforest comics to have a look at, and hopefully stick around to read!
Firstly, Keys. This is a very neat and cleanly drawn and designed piece that starts with a retelling of an ancient legend before the relevant story begins. Pushing 80 story pages now, it is hitting its stride and looking great. The strip itself is fully operational, even if the auxiliary pages currently lead nowhere.
Secondly, Chirault. This is another brilliant looking comic that has been building it’s archive for several years. The artwork looks fantastic with watercolour effects and a soft, washed look. I don’t think I could summarise it better than the comic’s own About page, so I’ll just repeat that here:
Chirault is a fantasy webcomic, started in mid-2007 and currently updating one page every week (on Fridays). It’s about this weirdo named Kiran and this tiny kid who sits on his shoulder and tells him to do things. Sort of, anyway. There are also demons and imploding cities and the possibility of the world’s imminent demise, in roughly that order of mention. It’s a little complicated I guess.
Finally, have a look at Twilight Lady. A graphic novel styled comic featuring supernatural demonic events and a second, created ‘personality’ that is threatening to become the dominant presence in the mind of the Twilight Lady, a god-like entity born into the world. I may not have done the strip justice with that summary, so go and give it a look yourself! Three strips a week, too!
This week’s Spiderforest Webcomic of the Week is ‘Dream*Scar’ by Heather Meade. Another long form graphic novel style piece, this one deals with post-modern day reality combined with the new awareness that ‘unhumans’, or creatures of myth and lore, walk amongst us. Give this one a look, if only because Dream*Scar seems to have a small but rabid following – when D*S linked School Spirit the other week, they came flocking to check it out themselves! It does have a rating of PG-13, so just be aware kids might spot something they wouldn’t hear in the sch… nah, they know those words anyway, don’t they? Give Dream*Scar a try. It looks fantastic.
You may have noted that there appeared to be no Spiderforest Comic of the Week last week, but there was. It was School Spirit’s turn, so I didn’t think it necessary to tell you all to read it if you were already here. This week though, we have Cetiya! A world where magic is technology and spells and incantations and abilities are downloaded into people like data. An interesting premise, even if my decidedly non-sci-fi reading mind had trouble putting it all together while I was reading through it! A definitely different slant on the sci-fi, futuristic graphic novel plot and setting, and one you may well enjoy, so give it a look! A warning though, that it is rated Web-16, so there is a little bit of bad language and a little partial nudity… so ask Mum’s permission first and don’t get me into trouble!