Friday, January 27, 2012

Red Moon Rising

First up on this illustrious tour through the land of web comics is Red Moon Rising. Created by 23 year old Rose Loughran (it's pronounced LOCK-ran, which she is sure to emphasize, considering that everyone outside of her native Scotland mispronounces it), this is a delightful steampunk fantasy webcomic, made considerably more entertaining by the comments section.

The tale begins when Adrianna's brother, Lethe, flees the capital city of this magic-fueled land, and Adrianna is dragged into some messy politics and redrafted into the military, eight years after she deserted, for unknown reasons.

The appeal of this webcomic is not only the artwork, but the cool story and compelling and likeable characters as well. It's hard not to like Adrianna and her crazy temper and wimpy magical abilities. Honestly, it often seems like her first instinct is to punch people in the face.

Another favorite character of mine is Galak, a lieutenant in the military. I think that one thing that greatly intrigues me about his character is how his design shows the best concrete examples of how the artist's work has progressed throughout the three years (almost to the day, the first update was January 25, 2009).

I particularly admire the art work here. There are a lot of webcomics out there, that I just can't get into, simply because the art is lacking. Even if the story is the greatest tale ever written, if the visuals are too jarring, it makes reading difficult and somewhat uninteresting, at least for me, because part of the appeal is the art.

The style of Red Moon Rising is highly reminiscent of watercolors as the medium, and for the first several pages, that was what the artist used to color her comic pages. She later on moved to all digital work in Photoshop and MangaStudio.

Aside from a great story (into which I won't really delve into, to avoid spoilers), part of the entertainment value is the comments section, both from the creator (who is also the writer and artist) and readers, so those are definitely worth a read, along with the comic itself, which is about 252 pages in. The comments have chronicled the many adventures of Rose which include, but are not limited to, a trip to New Zealand, a mauling from some sort of animal, numerous sicknesses, and a broken arm. But Red Moon Rising has lived on! Which is fantastic, because there is nothing more sad to see than an abandoned webcomic.

If politics, intrigue, mystery, comedy, magic, steampunk-ness, and perhaps a little bit of romance interest you, then you should definitely take a look at Red Moon Rising. The comic updates (almost) every Monday. Also, if you are interested in hearing Rose talk about her work, you can also check out this episode of the TGT podcast:

All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Rose Loughran.


  1. This is so interesting! Your blog is so unique and something that introduces many people to a new kind of art. Like you said, the artwork is crucial. I can't say I have the best taste in art, but even I can appreciate the author's medium and color use. I just have a question for you: do you prefer web comics over film?

    1. Not necessarily. I like both and it would be difficult to even compare the two. Ultimately, it's really whichever I am in the mood for at any particular time. I guess I would equate webcomics more with reading, because you have to be engaged and actively participate in acquiring the story, whereas a movie gives the story to you.

  2. Before reading your blog and listening to you talk about the different aspects of the form of art, I may not have given it a second chance. Seeing so many bland ones that I've stumbled upon on my own (and some by suggestion) turned me off to webcomics in general. I hope to see more posts like this in the future!