Welcome to Graphic Policy’s spotlight on webcomics, where we take a look at one of the many comics available online every Monday: Webcomics Weekly (but don’t be fooled by the “weekly” part of the title; the feature may happen more or less frequently than that). We’re defining webcomics as any comics published online for free consumption by the general public that doesn’t require a subscription service.
This week we’re taking a look at Eimurian Tales. The strip is created by M D Penman, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about the webcomic below.
Graphic Policy: In a nutshell, can you tell us what the strip’s about?
M D Penman: The strip is actually a collection of stories all set in the same dark fantasy world. Some will interconnect, others will be totally separate. The first story The Waterbringer is the story of a princess and her bodyguard trying to escape a castle in the grips of madness.
The second tale, The Word Wielder, focuses on a church hunter called Sroka who is struggling with her faith and the duties that come with her position as Word Wielder. Sroka, and her companion Grussmann, set off to rescue their friend, an excommunicated hunter, from the clutches of a dark presence that lurks at the border of the realm.
GP: How often do you update?
MDP: The first tale The Waterbringer is complete now and can be read in it’s entirety. The Word Wielder will be starting the end of February after the website has been overhauled. The Waterbringer updated pretty sporadically but The Word Wielder will update bi-weekly.
GP: How long have you been producing the strip?
MDP: Just over a year, I started it in November 2014.
GP: Where did the idea for the strip come from?
MDP: The idea for the series came from me basically wanting to draw some fantasy comics and not have to worry about a continuing narrative. I’m always worried when I start a long form project that I’ll get bored of the characters or setting so I didn’t want to limit myself to one cast of characters or one particular city or kingdom. On the flip side of that however I like works of fiction that build up the world without expressly telling us all the details about it, something that you can speculate on and puzzle out as you gain more knowledge. That’s something I’m hoping to capture throughout the different stories, that they can be enjoyed on their own yet give us an overall world narrative.
I’m also big fan of dark fantasy and horror themed stuff. I love Dark Souls, Berserk, Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, the Song of Ice and Fire novels, The Witcher and too many creepy and gory movies to list effectively. This project is super indulgent as it basically ticks the boxes for everything I love!
Why it’s awesome: Since I’ve been compiling this feature, I can honestly say that I have read some truly great comics that I would never have otherwise known about (and hopefully the same can be said for you, as well), and for me , this particular comic is one of the best. Eimurian Tales is webcomics that just sings to me on every level. As M D Penman says above, he’s a big fan of Dark Souls and Joe Abercrmbie’s books; so am I. Artistically, this is a polished comic with a very distinct flavour, and
Below you’ll find several pages originally posted to Eimurian Tales.
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