Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Daily Pewfell

Another Pewfell strip from the way-way back machine. It's kind of weird running these old ones, when my style and sense of what makes a good strip have evolved so much over the years. Still, I think they are necessary to properly introduce the characters, and they hold up well enough in their own right. They are the first little shoots that the later strip developed out of and they are best read in that context.

AP. Furtado’s Elf `n Troll Ending

It is with some sadness that I have to announce, my webcomic ELF `n TROLL will be coming to an end, with the final page scheduled to be posted on October 23.

I won’t rule out a return to ELF `n TROLL at some point in time but, for now, this is where I’m at.
My apologies have to go out to the loyal few who have been nothing short of supportive and encouraging. I had originally intended to pull the plug on this after chapter seven but, I felt an obligation to those faithful few. These last three chapters were specifically for you.

Thank You,
AP. Furtado

Monday, September 29, 2008

Daily Pewfell

Another entry in the series of verrry early Pewfelll Strips, appearing on the web for the very first time. Originally drawn in 1995.

This strip and the next one were actually written for me by my friend Guy Parker. Guy is now 'Director of Copy Advice' at the Advertising Standards Authority in London. So if you don't like his copy, you know where to send the advice.

Guy actually came up with the name Pewfell Porfingles for a wizard character he played in a D&D game we played together, so I've really been ripping him off all these years. He keeps threatening to come after me for royalties, but I hope he's not counting on that for his retirement fund!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Fawn Rainchild Bamboo-dooed

Based on a doodle from the Bamboo pen tablet a few weeks ago. Threw some "inks" and color on her. Did it very quickly working only from a flat color layer and one multiplied layer for shadows. It felt good because it was very natural, much like my traditional media work.

I've been quiet lately. Been busy with a second job and lots of domestic stuff. All good, of course.

More later. Zyn Dweomer to launch at the end of the year...very excited about that!

Visiting Wizard: Matt Bayne

Matt Bayne is a brilliant artist whose work I have admired for a long time. His 'Knights of the Shroud' strip on Girl-a-matic is excellent. His style is a little less cartoony and his subject matter a little more illustrative and emotionally-based that what we typically do here at the Tower of Ur -- i.e. his heroines are not all buxom babes in chaimail bikinies (though some certainly are, and for the most part they do all wield swords). He uses beautiful clean lines and has a marvelous sense of design. His art always has a perfect balance of cool detail and cartoon simplicity. He also clearly had a love of old-school, D&D-style fantasy, as evidence by these pieces from his DeviantArt Gallery, where you can find a lot more of his work. He also does a great line in Harry Potter fan-art, including this little gem.

Yep, Matt is fantastic and, like all of you wizards here, one of the artists who really inspires me to make the best darn comics I can. Hopefully he'll stop by and say hello!

Daily Pewfell

In this strip I thought I'd try to address why Bish speaks the way he does. The real reason is because I think it's fun to write that way, although it does take up a lot of space and I can't make every speech balloon this big.

In case you were wondering I was born and raised in Basingstoke, England and speak with a very English accent. Pewfell speaks with what I usually call a mid-Atlantic sort of accent. Now I think about it, I guess that might mean he's Canadian?! My co-writer Adam Prosser is, in fact, Canadian so I guess that proves it. I never thought about that before. I've never been to Canada, perhaps now I should.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pewfell Volume 1, Book 1, Page 6D

I would like to point out that this is only a semi-autobiographical comic strip. As a self-employed artist I make a somewhat better living than Pewfell does -- mostly because I'm not quite as lazy as he is (though I would like to be!). My wife is in fact called Tina -- she's not a warrior princess, but she is a Viking and has been known to wear a horned helmet on occasion (though never to work).

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Daily Pewfell

I don't know about this one, but it's the first strip where Bish appears, so I thought it better be in there.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Meet Pewfell, just your ordinary, everyday wizard.

These next 8 strips are really the first Pewfell strips I ever drew. Now we get to see a little of what Pewfell does for money.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

ELF `n TROLL # 221

Little Hero

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this one. Originally I wanted to digitally paint this but, the tree is telling me that it may want to be inked. I have a thing for trees; especially twisted, old ones. I'll have to put this one aside for a bit until it makes up it's mind and decides what it wants to be. In the end, I may just tighten up the pencils and render it a bit more.

Anyway, I thought that I'd share this one in it's rough stage. It has a certain charm, I think.

Play Nice.

The Thief

I have a feeling that when you pass this gentleman by, you wind up tipping your hat and remarking to your companion, "What a friendly town." Several minutes later, you suddenly notice that you're purse is a few coins short.

I have no idea where this one came from.
He has a sort of Ernest Borgnine look to him. Go ahead and Google it, you young folk!


Wood Elves

This one started off as a phone doodle. After I hung up, it spoke to me and begged to be tightened up a bit. Amongst several other projects I have going on at the moment, I'm still developing the world of `Tween. I'm hoping that, at some point in time, I'll sit down and browse through all these little sketches and find a story that is begging to be told. The little dude with the sword looks a lot like Perri from Elf `n Troll. It's probably not a coincidence. Elf `n Troll were born from many years of phone doodles. They're probably just part of my DNA now.

Is there such a thing as a DNA transfusion?

Play Nice.

Friday, September 19, 2008

This cross-section of Pewfell house was a lot of fun to do. Someone in Eastern Europe once called me up to ask if he could build a life-sized version of the house, based on the plans I have posted here:
I don't know if he ever did or not...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pewfell is being assaulted by his bedspread.

Well, they say that there’s no rest for the wicked, but there’s no rest for Pewfell either. Mostly all he ever wants to do is have a nice relaxing sleep.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ELF `n TROLL # 220

Atland #202 - B.Y.O.H.W.

Pewfell Volume 1, Book 1, Page 3

Pewfell the wizard and his wife Tina the Warrior Princess have had their Satyrday morning lie-in disturbed by a string of unwanted intrusions.

This first story was conceived and written quite recently by Adam Prosser, my erstwhile co-conspirator on the project. Adam didn’t actually get on board until somewhere early on in Volume 4, but he has contributed many strips to this newly revised version of Volume 1.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pewfell Volume 1, Book 1, Page 2

This opening story is 5 pages long, and serves as a brief introduction to some of the main characters in the strip.

Monday, September 15, 2008

A brand new Pewfell story begins today!

Well, here it is: the first page of the REDUX edition of Pewfell Volume 1. If you've not followed the series before, this would be the ideal time to jump in. If you have, then get ready because this new version is greatly expanded and re-editied with tons of brand-new, never-before seen and restored material, all in full color.

This revised edition of Pewfell Volume 1 is a project I've wanted to work on for a long time, because I've increasingly felt that the series didn't have had the introduction it deserved. I've been drawing Pewfell on and off for around 15 years now. Early on, the strip had several false starts as I experimented with form and format. I drew the first Pewfell material in the days before the interweb, and put it out in black & white photocopied 'zines. When the web came along I tried out various different layouts and update schedules before becoming a full daily strip in 2002. Back then, I was just making it up as I went along, with not much of a clue about what I was doing. The beginning never really reflected what the strip eventually developed into. Over time I tried to rectify this by pruning stuff away and lopping off limbs, but this left the series with no real start and no organic introduction to the characters. Most notably, in 2003, Wingnut Games published a 64 page black and white print volume, which required me to drastically cut and reshape the early material, and that has been the ‘official’ Volume 1 ever since.

This ultimate edition restores most of what was lost, as well as adding back in a lot of my earliest material, which never made it onto the web at all. Also, my co-writer, Adam Prosser, and I, with the help of colorist Carla Costa, have created over 20 pages of brand-new strips including this opening story. Volume 1 is now almost twice the length of the earlier print edition and forms the definitive introduction to the series that readers have been asking for.

The strip will be updating 5 days a week and, as often as I can manage, I'll be posting them right here on the Blog, along with commentary. Otherwise, visit http://www.pewfell.com to read the full archives for free. Alternatively, Volume 1 will be available as a series of 4 eBooks, each with a brand-new cover, downloadable from DriveThruComics.com. Thanks for reading; I look forward to hearing what you think about it.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

ELF `n TROLL # 219

My update is early, I know but, see what cool stuff you can get by checking out the WIZARDS of UR!

Friday, September 12, 2008

another new print

Moon Watchers
Another new print from my collection. This is 18x24 as well.

New Print 1

New Friend Print
It has been a bit since I posted. I figured I should show you guys what I am up to.
Here are some of the new prints that will be coming out this fall from me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

ELF `n TROLL # 218

Apologies for not posting much in a while. Been busy working on a ton of projects. one which has been an upgrade to the first volume of the Pewfell Archive. My co-writer, Adam Prosser, and I have been hard at work writing several new stories, I've resurrected some long-retired material from the archives and with the help of colorist Carla Costa have colored it for the first time. We hope this new, expanded edition will provide the perfect entry point to the strip that the series had been lacking for a while now. Starting Monday, I'll be publishing updates 5 days a week for the next couple of months as the new stuff is released. You'll be able to see it all right here. For now here is the cover (which I did post here already a couple of months ago -- new strips on Monday, I promise!) and the promotional blurb I'm releasing with it:

Meet Pewfell, a slacker wizard who lives in the fabulous city of Spirekassle. He's married to Tina the warrior princess and works a day job in a local pharmacy. When Tina has to take a month off due to a shortage of orc settlements to pillage, Pewfell must find other ways to supplement his income...


People around the world enjoy Pewfell because it's an original and hilarious fantasy romp that appeals to smart readers of all ages:

"Pewfell Porfingles: Is kick ass, with extra kick left over in case more ass shows up. Great art, and cool fantasy/sci-fi storylines" — Tycho Brahe, Penny Arcade

"Solid laughs, funny characters, and ludicrous plot points from start to finish...[Chuck] does a very nice job of visually bringing Pewfell’s milieu to life. This remains one of my favorite indy sleepers: a satisfying little book." — Marc Mason, MoviePoopShoot.com

"[an] online comic masterpiece." — Carson Fire , Creator of ElfLife


"Creative, outrageous, and original — this is an excellent fantasy comic!" — Alden Scott Crow, Zine World

Sunday, September 7, 2008

ELF `n TROLL # 217

Suicide Serpents. We're fighting a new kind of enemy here in Elf `n Troll land. The Realm of Atland is probably behind the whole thing. Invade! Invade! Let's fight them there so we don't have to fight them here! Fear! Fear! Fear! :)

Sarcasm over.... Play Nice.


...no, not World of Warcraft!

How about some serious love for our pal Travis? Because if you don't think this art rocks from top to bottom you must be dead.

The Work in Progress

This is the first panel of the first page of the new webcomic project Zyn Dweomer.

It was great fun working 100% digitally. I’m learning the ins and outs of the tools and I’m developing a brand new project at the same time. Very exciting.

I’ll post more of the comic as things come together. I don’t expect to launch it officially until the end of the year. I’d like to have a healthy number of pages completed before going live. Also, I have several commissions on the table as well as another Warmageddon story to draw.

I love it when things are hopping.

Oh...and I'm going to be a daddy again in case I didn't mention it before!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

ELF `n TROLL # 216

Atland #200 - Mercy

Tablet Goodies

So why didn't someone tell me pen tablets were so much fun?

Been experimenting with it for a few days. I can actually get better line quality than I thought I would. Sketching with it is really fantastic. Coloring with it is far better than using a mouse.