As London MCM Expo is on the horizon (only a week away and we hope to see some of you there), we have lots of news to catch up on and some cool new things in store for readers of Fera.
Firstly FERA WILL RETURN AFTER LONDON MCM EXPO – THE NEXT UPDATE WILL BE: 5th NOVEMBER.
Fera recently had to take a hiatus due to us needing to focus on other projects, the main two being the development of a couple of new titles to add under the angelKat banner, and that due to various things that have happened this year angelKat Entertainment and my freelance work have become my full time job – and sadly I had to focus on things that pay the rent.
But, as a result I can now announce that there are some great things in store in October and November this year. For Fera fans, the main one will be a return of the comic to a regular schedule – this issue will see plenty of excitement, with bar fights and chase scenes, and some touching/cute moments with different members of the main cast. And of course this issue will introduce the final member of our little group.
As well as this, we now have the first issue of The Editors, our latest title, in print – with 2 further issues scripted and currently being turned into comic pages. We also have a number of other titles either in the scripting stage, or in the case of our mini-comics already in print and available at events around the UK. As a result of all of this, and because we want to provide you guys with the best possible way to access and read the comics produced by angelKat Entertainment – you’ll be seeing some changes around the website.
I already have the new site design coded, there are a few new graphics to finish before updated the site, but it should be launching soon. Along with the update, the main angelk.at site will act as a hub that will branch off into the Fera site, along with other titles. Whilst Fera will remain 100% free and will update weekly, but some titles may only have samples online, with the full versions on sale as either an ebook or in print.
The plan for the new design will also give you guys more info on our upcoming events, but we’ll be moving all of our news and blog posts over to the main angelK.at site – the hub site will not only act as a gateway to get to each of our comics but will also provide news, articles, reviews, and indeed professional/commission services. In the run up to Christmas, we’ll also be adding an online store to the site – for the first time allowing you to access items that are normally only available at UK events.
So, to give you a short list once the site is updated you’ll be getting;
- The continuation of Fera as a weekly free webcomic.
- New titles, both 100% free webcomics, and promo samples of print-only comics.
- An online store – all of our comics, art, etc. in one easy place.
- Lots of new content – comics, news, articles, reviews etc.
- More content for your comics – we’ll be adding more character bios, artwork, and downloadable extras.
- Auto-updating event schedule – you’ll know what events we’ll be at as soon as we do – and we book a long time in advance.
The site, and indeed our table at events are going to soon have a lot more comic titles available from us. And the decision has been made that once Fera issue #3 is completed, we’ll be combining all three issues with a ton of extra content only available in print into a single 120+ page trade paperback volume. The extra content will include never before seen artwork, and some short story comics featuring tales from our main casts past – the stories are already scripted and they range from fun/cute, to heart meltingly sad.
As you may have noticed I keep saying “we” and “us” – I’ve mentioned this elsewhere but angelKat Entertainment is growing. Not just in terms of comic titles and content, but also in the creative team behind it. The Editors is the first of many planned collaborations with my good friend Paul Burr, we have my other half Donna McGarry working on a new Dungeons and Dragons themed humour comic, and our friends Anna Sheldrick, Josh Gahstly, and Clair Honeybadger will be producing a new super hero comic currently called “Meta Rising”. Each of these will begin appearing on the site in the next few months, and I truly hope that you’ll enjoy them.
Here’s a brief list of currently planned titles – those in bold are already available in at least one format (be that ebook, print, or webcomic);
- Fera (Davy Shirley) – an epic fantasy tale of love, loss, and adventure. Now with added cat girls.
- The Editors (Paul Burr and Davy Shirley) – a conspiracy story of world altering scale, set inside a super hero universe.
- angelKat Adventures (Davy Shirley) – cute family friendly strips following the adventures of our mischievous mascot angelKat.
- angelKat Presents (Paul Burr and Davy Shirley) – a series of short story comics, each issue will contain three short stories on a particular theme – the first issue being horror/supernatural.
- Offices & Accountants (Paul Burr and Donna McGarry) – a fun look at the fantasy worlds equivalent of Dungeons & Dragons.
- Jason Fox P.I. (Davy Shirley) – family friendly noir detective tales, with a combination of unusual cases, and fun puzzles.
- Meta Rising (Anna Sheldrick, Josh Gahstly, and Clair Honeybadger) – the world discovers that the meta-humans they believed had been wiped out still exist.
As always, if you want to catch us in the flesh – you’ll find a few of the angelKat team at both London MCM Expo next weekend, and Thought Bubble in Leeds next month. We’re currently waiting to hear back from London Super Con, we’ve booked/paid for our table and are now awaiting confirmation – so you should also expect to see us there in February. And we’ll also be attending Sunny Con in Sunderland again next year in March.
Anyway, that’s all for now – if you have any questions please comment, or emailing me via the contact page.
Davy (T III)
The final page of Fera: issue #2 will be posted online on 27th June and I thought now might be a good time to have a short 2 week break before Issue #3 starts updating on the site. During this time I’d really love
to display work by any artists who would care to supply guest art OR guest pages that will be showcased over the fortnight.
If you’re interested, please let me know . If you’re not interested or unable to produce anything for this, thank you for your time- please feel free to pass on this email to anyone that you think may wish to.
Here’s the details that you may need to know (if the info isn’t here please feel free to email me back with any questions);
- Dimensions: the final image MUST be 700px × 1,070px (at 72 dpi)
- Content: You can do anything, so long as it relates to Fera, it’s world and characters. The one rule is that it must be suitable for anyone over the age of 15, so no “adult content” please. Nudity is fine, but try to keep it as nothing more than has already been shown in the comic.
- Credits: Please feel free to include your name and/or web address on the bottom of your image (in a similar way to the footers on the Fera pages). I will be posting blogs and tweets over the week(s) that will include a link of your choosing.
- Reference or queries: feel free to check through the archives etc. on the site OR let me know via twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org* Deadline: Please, no later than Sunday 3rd July.
- Email- please send me the files via this email address: email@example.com
Anyway, enjoy and have fun with it and I look forward to seeing what you guys come up with.
Union of Heroes has been a favourite webcomic of mine for almost as long as Fera has existed. After being introduced to it, I do not know where, I found myself engrossed in this amazingly well produced tale of superheroes and parallel worlds.
We follow the story of Marc as he is transported to a parallel world where Super Heroes not only exist but his counterpart is missing in action. Thus far we’ve seen legends come to life, several heroes and villains have stepped into and out of the spotlight and all of this adds up to an amazing story from a talented group of people.
You see, Union of Heroes is in a comic form that within the community is often given bad press. We’ve all seen the photocomics showing lego characters photographed at awkward angles with lighting that is abysmal at best, yes? Sadly that is what springs to most of our minds when the term “photo comic” comes up. The humble photocomic has finally come of age with this production simply in how cleanly and professionally the comic has been produced- not to mention the brilliant writing.
Arne Schulenberg’s work with Union of Heroes, an amazing cast of characters (and actors) as well as a very professional photographer have proved that this particular form can be produced well and there are gems there if we look hard enough. I can see Union of Heroes becoming a flag ship for this form, as well as reviving a dying breed of Super Hero comics that rarely seem to offer anything new since the golden age.
As for our heroes, we have met a few so far- though none stand out so much as Marc Ridbeck, Lynn the Eternal Victim and the mysterious One Who Knows. In this universe, due to a latent mutation caused by his grandfather drinking contaminated water during a mining accident Marc now has the ability to absorb and manipulate metals- and once he becomes fully trained this should be a distinct advantage over the foes that are already rallying against him. Sadly THIS Marc, is not the fabled Erzengel of the heroes universe so it may take some time for him to take up the mantle that this new world desperately needs.
Lynn is by far my favourite character in UoH, as the Eternal Victim she struggles to maintain a normal life whilst cursed to take the place of any innocent who dies at the hand of another. A tragic history with a possible hidden lineage makes her character intriguing and a great counterpoint to Marc’s slightly less worldly nature.
The only short coming in Union of Heroes (if there is any at all) would be in the occasional awkward English translation of dialogue. Arne does his best, and those who have been assisting with this have done a fantastic job but it does on rare occasion crop up. For a comic being produced in two languages simultaneously by one man- this is an amazing feat and one or two unusual wordings are to be expected though he always manages to get the point across.
All in all, despite my initial concerns when told a year ago “there’s this really cool photocomic”, this is one that I have bookmarked and always take the time to read the latest posts. If you like Super Heroes, Drama, even just witty comics with a great story… or for those of you who really just want to look at good looking people for a change lol. You can’t get much better than Union of Heroes- in my eyes it does what the American TV show Heroes is attempting to do, it redefines what a super hero is once more, and this time with a larger helping of classic lineage in the comic world. If you want something that makes Heroes look like an amateur attempt at making a great super hero story for a modern audience- check out Union of Heroes. You won’t be disappointed.