The Shining Ascension webcomic is coming: Little Badger learns website design!

Hi there! This September, I’ve been toiling over the Shining Ascension website. What do you think of its appearance so far? This is my first attempt at web design since a basic html class in elementary school. I’ve been winging it solo, but if complications arise (and let’s be honest – they probably will, once we begin posting pages), I’m not afraid to bother T Hueston’s talented friends and other internets-savvy people. Heheh.

The first comic page will be posted on October 4th, followed by weekly Sunday updates. Just think: Shining Ascension Sundays! It’s catchy 😀 By the way, in case anyone is curious, I’m using wordpress.org + the ComicPress theme for the webpage.

The fruits of my labor!

Shining Ascension Update – Comic Launches in October!

Hi everybody! I have an exciting update about the Shining Ascension comic book project. Nick Robles, our artist extraordinaire, has finished line art for SA Issue #2. He’s working on colors now. Nick provided me with a sneak peek at Issue 2, page #1 (below, without dialogue). Bregga and Faatin are lookin’ snazzy! But why is Faatin floating and glowing like a firefly?! You’ll need to read the comic to find out. >.>

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A typical conversation between Bregga and Faatin.


This October, we’ll begin posting the first two issues online. The SA official website is currently under construction – expect a bunch of cool links, faqs, and secrets once it goes live. Hope to see you there!

A relaxing moment with Bregga, Faatin, and friends (and a wicked necromancer). Issue 2 draft is finished!

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Behold! A big battle from the Shining Ascension comic book series, to celebrate the completion of the second issue’s draft script. After some edits, the inking/coloring process will begin. I wish I had a time machine to see the final comic book immediately.

In the meantime, here’s a pivotal battle scene, lovingly created by the Spectacular Nick Robles! Don’t worry – that isn’t a real dragon. We’d never hurt a real dragon in this comic. Never!!!

Faatin, Bregga, and Vars appear in this battle, as well as some unknown friends. Can you find them all?

Bregga by Needlesslycryptic: O, MY HEART! I am slain by its beauty.

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The Watson to my Holmes***, T. Hueston, commissioned a special piece of art from Needlesslycryptic: Sir Bregga Laydon as the Knight of Swords tarot card. Everything about this art – the colors, the texture, beauty of Bregga’s noble expression – is so gorgeous, I may cry. At the very least, I’ll make it my desktop background. Check out Needlesslycryptic’s tumblr: http://needlesslycryptic.tumblr.com/ It’s a treasure!

By the way, Bregga is a protagonist in the Shining Ascension comic book series, an ongoing fantasy project. Read more about it here and here.

***T. Hueston and I decided that I’m Holmes, because I’m morose, solitary, and intelligent, and Hueston is Watson, because they are brave, wise, and good-hearted. Also, Hueston is a doctor. Obvious choice.

Little Badger’s Shining Ascension Comic Project: THE LOWDOWN POST

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Faatin (left) and Bregga (right), two characters from the Shining Ascension comic book project. Art by http://justjingles.deviantart.com/

As I begin to write Shining Ascension Issue #2 (Hueston and I plan to release #1 and #2 together), it occurs to me that I haven’t made an official “project explanation” post. Today, I will address the following tantalizing questions:

1) What is Shining Ascension? (THE ORIGIN STORY)

2) What is the future of Shining Ascension? When will it be available? How many issues will be released?

3) Who is T. Hueston?

4) Who am I?!?

Okay, here we go, here we go, here we go!

1) THE ORIGIN STORY

About 4.5 years ago, I invented a text-based role-playing game. For those who are unfamiliar with text-based role-playing, I essentially used the power of writing and imagination to build a high fantasy playground for my friend T. Hueston. We went on fabulous adventures together. Make-believe: it’s not just for kids anymore!

One fateful day, Hueston met an artist named The Incredible Nick Robles. They became friends, and Hueston commissioned a scene from our game, below (some parts of the scene have been cut, to prevent spoilers hehe). Wow! That’s a lot of awesome! The full work is even better … if you’re curious, visit Nick’s website and poke around: http://www.nickroblesart.com/ As you can see, Nick has a knack for action, character design, and coloring. He’s truly incredible 🙂

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Battle at sea! Art by Nick Robles.

Before long, inspired by Nick’s work, Hueston suggested, “Let’s make a comic book based on our game.” As a pessimist, I was reluctant. I did not know how well the game would translate to a comic book medium. Honestly, I’m still nervous about the project. It’s new territory, and I have an anxious streak. But Hueston convinced me that everything would be ok. Plus, Hueston pointed out that the world needs more diverse, kickass comic book characters. Our cast includes many POC and/or LGBTQA heroes, the kind of characters Hueston and I wish were more abundant in mainstream comic books. By the way, the protagonist Faatin comes from a matrilocal society that is partially inspired by precolonial Apache culture. Hey-o! Represent!

So Hueston, Nick, and I began the Shining Ascension project – the rest is history.

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Faatin, Bregga, and Faatin’s pretty buddy: a page from the comic, by Nick Robles.

2) FUTURE OF THE COMIC

The Shining Ascension Issue 2 script is almost finished. Once Nick inks and colors that comic this year, we’ll release issues 1 and 2 together, freely available online. Hueston and I have planned a 6-issue arc. If we scrape together funding to pay Nick, we’ll release Issues 3-6 within a year. If we have no funding, the project will take longer. Either way, we’re completing this baby, believe you me.

3) WHO IS T. HUESTON

In Hueston’s words: “I am a veterinarian and artist with an interest in European warfare, arms and armor.” Check out Hueston’s art here: http://jarahamee.deviantart.com/

4) WHO AM I?!?!

Check out my little biography!

~Fin~

Shining Ascension Cover Art – Faatin’s Smile is My Favorite Thing

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Bregga, Action!Faatin, and Vars’s face are on the cover of Shining Ascension Issue #1, designed and painted by Nick Robles. Like the title says, there’s a lot to love about this art, but my favorite thing has to be Faatin’s smile. You can really see how she and Bregga have different personalities, but she always has Bregga’s back!

It’s been a joy to work with Nick, who is as professional as he is skilled. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

My next comic-related post will be less art, more information. What is this comic book project? What can you expect? What does “Shining Ascension” mean anyway? You’ll also hear from T. Hueston, the person who said, “There needs to be more kickass POC women in comics. Let’s make a comic book, Little Badger!” Yep, this project is Hueston’s baby – I’m along for the ride, haha.

Stay tuned! 😀