Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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.
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.
Monday, September 29, 2008
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
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!
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!
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
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
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Monday, September 22, 2008
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
Anyway, I thought that I'd share this one in it's rough stage. It has a certain charm, I think.
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!
Is there such a thing as a DNA transfusion?
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
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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
Monday, September 15, 2008
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
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
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
"PORFINGLES KICKS HARRY POTTER'S SKINNY LITTLE QUIDDICH-PLAYING BE-HIND!!!" — Chris Adams, Creator of Yamara
"Creative, outrageous, and original — this is an excellent fantasy comic!" — Alden Scott Crow, Zine World
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Sarcasm over.... Play Nice.
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
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.