I've Just Finished Reading Chapter 2 and...
... all I can say is this.
HOLY TESQUE, SHIT JUST GOT REAL!!!
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)!
Lead the Way Hardin!
David Lillie (aka 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:
If you haven't started reading this awesome webcomic then head over to the link below!