The Elsewhere Chronicles

So you like stories of tweens exploring abandoned buildings?

Then you might also like the comic book series The Elsewhere Chronicles by Nykko (story), Bannister (art) and Jaffré (colors). The first three volumes are available at Amazon.com:

The Elsewhere Chronicles: The Shadow Door (Book 1)

The Elsewhere Chronicles: The Shadow Door (Book 1)

The Elsewhere Chronicles: The Shadow Spies (Book 2)

The Elsewhere Chronicles: The Shadow Spies (Book 2)

The Elsewhere Chronicles: The Master of Shadows (Book 3)

The Elsewhere Chronicles: The Master of Shadows (Book 3)

The story starts with Max, Noah, Theo and their new friend Rebecca exploring the eerie house of Rebecca’s dead grandpa Gabe. The old movie projector in the library unexpectedly opens a gate to another world full of terrifying monsters and deadly shadow creatures, but also some well-meaning warriors who support the heroes on their quest to find their way back home.

The first three volumes tell a self-contained story so you should really get the second and third book if you liked the first one. The fourth volume of the series, The Elsewhere Chronicles: The Calling (Book 4), will be released in April 2010 and will play some time after the happenings in the first three books.

Although it is advertised as a comic book series for kids, I really can’t recommend The Elsewhere Chronicles for little children. It contains scenes that can only be accurately described as nightmare fuel. The Elsewhere Chronicles tells a solid adventure story with exciting fight scenes and all readers of Sandra and Woo should dig its cartoony art style. However, the behavior of the characters can get a bit annoying at times considering they are facing death and not the dentist.

So here’s my rating:

  • Art: 4/5
  • Story: 4/5
  • Characters: 3/5
  • Overall: 4/5

Questions?

Since nobody seems to use our forums, are there any questions about Sandra and Woo you always wanted to ask but never bothered to register for?

Well, maybe you want to have at least a look at (and even contribute to) the thread about really funny or cool strips from other (web)comics.

I also wanted to let you know that I have already written all the strips until the second week of March. Since many readers voted in our poll that they prefer longer stories to single strips, most of you should be pleased that the next two story arcs will start almost immediately after the end of the current one.

And let’s not forget:

Happy new year!

Here are my – not too ambitious ;-) – resolutions for the new year regarding Sandra and Woo:

  • Don’t get killed in a car crash so that I can continue writing Sandra and Woo.
  • Don’t do something so stupid that Powree will <smeagol-voice>leave and never come back</smeagol-voice>.

Yes, that’s it pretty much since I believe that Sandra and Woo is already on a very good track and not much should be changed. Of course three updates a week would be neat, but that’s unrealistic considering the complexity of many strips that have been and will be published.


Action figures, our first book and a dream

I got these self-made action figures of Sandra holding Woo and Cloud from a very special fan for Christmas, my mom ;):

Action figures of Sandra and Woo and Cloud

Yesterday, my copy of the final version of our first print collection “The Woo” arrived as well. I’m very happy with the quality of the cover and the black areas. I was a bit concerned about the latter, but everything looks really nice. Only the paper could be a little bit thicker but that would have been considerably more expensive. If you look at the photo, please be aware that – in the photo – the sketches on the left side look like they are printed in black too, although they are actually printed in a dark shade of gray.

Photo of the cover of Sandra and Woo 1: The Woo Photo of the pages 54 and 55 of Sandra and Woo 1: The Woo

In completely unrelated news, I experienced a stirring dream sequence moments before waking up this morning. The life of a young woman was flashing before my eyes. The sequence was similar to the fast cut scenes you can see in some movies, but the feeling was much more intensive; all her emotions during the most important moments of her life were mine as well. I wish you could somehow record dreams, that one would have been worth watching again several times.


Sandra, Woo and Larisa

No, I won’t change the name of our comic, but I’m currently having so many ideas for strips featuring Larisa that she will basically become the third main character in the next time. That’s also a surprise to me, since at the beginning she was the character I had the least ideas for.

But in the meantime I have come up with a much more detailed personal background for her that goes beyond the concept of “she likes to set things on fire”. I’m sure there will be a few readers who won’t like the way she acts or who will consider it inappropriate for her age, but I can assure – without wanting to reveal too much already – that she’s having her reasons for behaving like that.


New comic by Powree

I have added the following comic drawn by Powree (characters, shading) and BeatusVir (backgrounds, coloration) to our Artwork page. There’s also some other new stuff on that page if you have not visited it for some time, for example a fan comic by Willie O’ Brien.

The comic by Powree and BeatusVir retells an episode of the Indonesian novel 5 cm. It was created for a local comic contest and made it into the final round. I myself helped with the English translation.

5 cm, page 1

5 cm, page 1

5 cm, pages 2 and 3

5 cm, pages 2 and 3

5 cm, page 4

5 cm, page 4

5 cm, page 5

5 cm, page 5