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:star: I've Just Finished Reading Chapter 2 and...

... all I can say is this.





Man... Today marked a very special day for me. I'm so glad that David pointed this webcomic out because I would have never discovered this gem of a story.

This team of Alex and Rachel (writer and artist) is amazing.

Their storytelling in impecible - from the dialogue/script to the sublime visuals (character expressions, colors, world design), I will tell you now that it is not often that I get to read a graphic novel/webcomic that really captivate my imagination but more importantly, as I've learnt from David (regarding storytelling), I really CARE for these characters.

This dynamic relationship between protagonists Quinlan and Dakkan (as well as their interactions with the rest of the remarkable cast) goes so deep, it's like I've known these guys for years and I only read about them in two nights. What happened here? Is this magic? It's an amazing feeling, it truly is. But going back to what I've learnt from David, it all makes sense.

It comes back to the creators and their in-depth knowledge and understanding of telling a good story. No, I scratch that. A great story.

I won't give any spoilers but towards the end of Chapter 2, I was almost in panic mode. On the edge of my seat. Fearful. I was scared.


Some characters that I really care could die. Like mortally die.

And I didn't want that to happen but they convinced me the idea that it's possible, and it's not easy to do that with grace in storytelling. The only other times I really felt threatened for the characters I really cared for were in Dreamkeepers (David and Liz) and The Wayward Astronomer (Geoff). Now it is fair to say that I don't really read alot of stuff - paperback fiction of any genre - but of the graphic novels that I've read up on these three felt like I lived their world, comfortably immersing myself in the experience, and that I wanted to be a part of their journey the whole way through.

Having said that I've made up my mind on something.

Screw the next two months. Hell, let's do this!

"Do what Darkspeeds?"

Well how about I get back to you lot in say.... About an hour? Watch this space for a special announcement.

Oh and if you haven't read 'Beyond the Western Deep' yet then I suggest that you DO IT NOW. (Oh even more so if you're into voice acting)!


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:star: Lead the Way Hardin!

David Lillie (aka :icondreamkeepers: of Dreamkeepers introduced this webcomic called 'Beyond the Western Deep' (produced by the talented Alex Kain and Rachel Bennett) on Twitter about a week ago and I was hooked.

Fascinated by the prospect of making this an audio drama epic in future I got back home from work (which was 4 hours ago) and knew that I had to give this a try. I turned on the mic and started recording.

I only just finished the Prologue and Chapter 1 and I've yet to read up on Chapter 2 (which I plan to do on these two days off).

I've fallen in love with the characters and so I tried Quinlan, didn't work. I tried Dakkan, didn't work either. And Kanosh (whom I'd like to voice) didn't quite make the cut. Then I looked into Hardin... And I think I may have found my role in this...! X3 Let me know what you think!

In a nutshell this exercise breaks down to the following:

- 4 hours recording and editing
- 2 soundtracks
- 10 sound effects
- 1 voice

This was a lot of fun to do and I'm interested in doing a proper extended version of this in a couple of months time (I'll combine the Prologue and First Chapter together). Be on the lookout for auditions to this project if you're keen on getting involved in this epic medieval fantasy adventure inspired by the likes of Redwall & Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard!

If you're wondering which pages I was sampling from:

2013-03-16-068 Color by darkspeeds
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2013-03-30-070 Color by darkspeeds
2013-04-06-071 Color by darkspeeds
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2013-04-21-073 Color by darkspeeds

If you haven't started reading this awesome webcomic then head over to the link below!


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ClawRhythem Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet! I've started chapter 2 and haven't gotten too far. Are there any parts open for girls?
TwinTailFireFox12 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's wonderful to see you take on a project as big as this, and you sound totally over the moon about it too! Your happy mood is contagious Elson! I hope you get a stellar cast and I wish you all the luck with it!
XalenTheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Good luck with this project too, I hope this one will be as great as NORDGUARD ^^
SaraaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was present when Chapter 2 was actually updating page by page, and that was a ride. Needless to say, there was screaming aplenty in the comics. I'm glad you've been enjoying the comic. And seconding what Fruitso said; if you ever feel like dropping in and talking about fan theories and whatnot with the salmon party, we'd love to have you.
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi SaraaLuna!

Oh very neat! You were the one who contributed alot of fanart to the series! :D By Tesque!

I'll keep in mind of the salmon party! Keep watch of this space, there is going to be some pretty awesome news soon to share! ;)
SaraaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

What can I say? When I get into something, I get into something. And I'll be sure to keep an eye out!
JDE10 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Student Filmographer
Awesome! Looks like I got another webcomic I gotta get started on! :D
Sandy06 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Awesome job *^*
Fruitso Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
aahh! This is so great! I'm really glad you're enjoying this series, Darkspeeds! I discovered this comic a little over a year ago and have been hooked ever since! I'm glad it's been getting more exposure, with the help of you and Dreamkeepers. 
This little audio sample was excellent! I got chills! It really makes me excited at the prospect of a full audio production the likes of your Nordguard project!

Also it will be nice if you could join what we BtWD fans call the "salmon party" over on the official web page. We've been a small but lively community, and we've been growing a lot over these past months. Especially with the new spin off comic, Song of the Eastern Sands, coming just around the corner!
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome to know that you're a fan of the series Fruitso!

The "salmon party"? What a nifty name for the community! X3 I'll check up on the comments soon!

As for the news I'm in the middle of building the next BTVA page... 8-) 
ClawRhythem Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll give it a read this week.
Shambleshambles Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Gonna check it out sometime :)
KJDragon70 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic job as always Darkspeeds!
I might want to check this out, it looks really interesting.
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