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What is the comic about?
Moonlit Dawn: A Mythical Tale is about two exiled wolf brothers who must rise against a corrupt goddess before she destroys Fate itself with her army of Beastmen. It's a dark fantasy miniseries illustrated & written by Alethea Van Holland. The series is published/distributed by Insane Comics, LLC.
There will be 8 Chapters (9 issues). It has Celtic influences which helped shape the world and some of the lore. Some characters are also inspired from Celtic Gods/Goddesses.
What are the "Fates?"
The Fates have acquired many names throughout the centuries; Karma, Destiny, and so on. They are what keeps the world turning. They have no physical form, no aethereal form, have no voice; cannot be seen nor heard. However, the Fates are powerful in their own divine way, setting a path for each individual from the smallest ant to the greatest giant. Even the gods cannot escape the Fates.
Who are the main characters?
The story focuses on two wolven brothers, Joker and Mischief. Joker is the oldest and has red flame markings. Due to events in his past, he's overprotective over Mischief, cautious, and a bit blunt. However, Joker does have a thoughtful heart.
Mischief is younger and has turquoise markings on his face. Sharing the same tragic past with Joker, it rendered him mute but this doesn't get him down. Mischief is playful, optimistic, and brave.
Where are the Humans?
Don't worry, there are humans in the story. They will be mentioned among the animals because the rise of Man's population is just beginning, some animals will know of them while others won't. Humans will be seen but it won't be until later in the comic.
There are Werewolves?
Yes, except they're called "Beastmen" in my world. They're different than the mainstream image of werewolves and have my own spin on them. More about them and how they were created will be explained later in the comic.
Humans know about the gods?
Yes. There have been stories circulated among them, but as Man's population increases and branches away, their belief in these stories become less and less until they're nothing but children's tales. Some religions in the other Gods become more prominent while talk of Elemental Gods and Gaia fall hushed and into the realm of fables.
What can you tell me about the antagonist?
There are two antagonists in Moonlit Dawn; Essence and the Beastmen.
Essence was once a highly revered goddess, which her past will be explained in the upcoming September release. She was stripped of her second tail for all to see the treachery she caused. Her motivations are unclear, at least for now, but she certainly has a mild streak of madness.
The Beastmen are controlled by essence. They have an insatiable appetite and stand over 7 ft. tall. They have red eyes and black fur. Some Beastmen possess strong will-power, which enables them to break away from Essence's control, however this is few and far between.
Are There Any Sexual Themes/Swearing in Moonlit Dawn?
Since the main characters are wolves and circle around the animal kindgom, I prefer to refrain from swearing because it's human slang that we conjured and in my opinion takes the immersion out an animal-based story. Instead, they'll use their own insults/terms/analogies/etc...As for sexual themes, there isn't any nudity or sexual innuendos. I would probably give warning that there is violence, lots of fighting scenes that leaves characters battered and bloody; just for that I would probably rate this PG-13 if a label is needed.
I Have some great ideas for the Comic, will you add them in?
Nooope. Please definitely share what you're thinking, I'll always listen to another creative mind. But the comic already has everything spanned out. I have so many ideas that are going to be included in the story, there isn't any room for additional topics. Save your creativity if you decide to make your own story, or for a fanfiction, teehee!~
So, I can make Fanart/Fancfiction?
Of course!! Just remember to give credit where credit is due, and show it to me!! I wanna see how you interpret my story :) If you would like your fanart/fan-literature to be showcased on the website please send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org!!!
I'm making my own comic, will you read it?
Abso-freaking-lutely!! 8D Always up for a good read!
I wanna make my own comic, but I don't know where to start. Will you help me?
Message me! :) I don't have a lot of experience, but I'll do my best to give you tips/tricks/advice on comic-making. As artists/creators I feel we should help each other and be a supportive community. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail, I promise I don't bite!
Would you be interested in a Banner Exchange?
Yesyesyes!! Send me an e-mail about it!!!
Do you have an Ending in Mind?
Yes there is already an ending planned. I'm gonna have the story end around Chapter 8, which I'm gonna try to have released by the end of 2018.
Why did you Choose Wolves for this story?
I get asked this question A LOT! In honesty, this is a dark story and deals with gods, myth, magic, and all of that fun stuff. I didn't choose humans as the main focal point because of a few reasons:
1. I don't want people to take this story too seriously. It's not my intention of offend anyone of any particular tastes when it comes to fantasy/god stories. With animals as the main characters, there's this gap so people can become invested in the story without taking their demands too far.
2. Most animal stories are viewed as "children stuff." Just like how animation has fought to make adult content, I feel animal-based stories are suffering through this as well. Most animal-based stories are two-dimensional stories for little ones, but sometimes it's good to raise the bar and push the limits; which is what art is all about. Mrs. Brisby and the Rats of Nimh, Watership Down, and Plague Dogs are just a couple of animal-based stories with dark themes, which both adults and children can enjoy.
Do I think Moonlit Dawn is for little kids? Absolutely not. However, it's a story I hope teens and adults alike can enjoy, and maybe come back to for a re-read.
3. In my opinion, we're innately fascinated by wolves because of our history with them. Out of all the animals in the animal kingdom, we share a lot of similarities with wolves in terms of social etiquette, family dynamics, and much more. From my experience in illustrating them, wolves are also very expressive in their body language which I felt helped get their emotions across in the comic. All of this and more, helped me decide in having wolves as the main characters.
Who is Gaia?
Gaia is also known as Mother Nature. She is one of the many Gods who have ultimate power over the earth. Although the other gods are never revealed and are unknown, Gaia is also just as mysterious. Her origins, species, even truest form is unknown. She has always been seen as the certain creature to balance the elements, and no matter what animal she chooses she always has the 4 elements are her tail with some leaves sprouting from her head.
What Do you use to make the comic?
Moonlit Dawn is drawn traditionally on DELETER Paper B4. The earlier pages were made into lineart using Micropens then scanned onto the computer; however in mid-Chapter 2 the technique was upgraded to being linearted in digital software. Photoshop cs5, Gimp 2.6, and Manga Studio Debut 4 are used to create the comic. I use Wacom Intuos5 large tablet as my digital utensil.
What's the setting for the comic?
Though within the story, the location and time are vague, please know this is intentional. Moonlit Dawn has Celtic influences, so it's arguable the story takes place in ancient Ireland. However, I want to stress the story has aspects of Celtic foundations therefore it's not directly derived from any particular Celtic tale.
When was Moonlit Dawn originally created?
Moonlit Dawn was originally created in the year 2009.
I remember I had just returned to deviantART after a 3 year absence and had just graduated high school.
In July I was attending college for Veterinary Assisting and drew anytime I could, in class, on napkins, even on my arms. Anytime, anywhere.
I recall I was doing an art trade through deviantART and someone had asked me to draw a water-elemental wolf, and another trade simultaneously requested me to do a fire-elemental wolf. Since these were coincedental, the plan for Moonlit Dawn was purely by accident.
As I drew the wolves, I began thinking of them as a couple, opposites attracted and then I wondered if they would be immortal, what their personalities would be like, and so forth. Finishing the trades I began making character designs, and a rough plot of their goals.
Then I began having dreams of additional characters, and the trials they would go through in my sleep.
Moonlit Dawn was born a week later.
Falling on Moonlit Dawn was unplanned and became my biggest dedication. I've always wanted to do a comic, and have always been fascinated by fantasy since I was a child. I had started on numerous titles and plots that became cliche, and stale as time progressed. Unfortunately those comics will never surface and were discarded aside.
It has gone through many changes, and I mean many changes.
Originally it was titled "Lost to My Wolves", but I wanted a title that was contrasting to reflect the characters.
I had restarted it 3 times, and didn't start putting it up as a webcomic and advertising it's name until January 2012. In 2015, it was taken down as a webcomic as it was officially published for the first time, finding a home with Insane Comics.
My art-style has slowly progressed throughout the years, characters have had their designs altered occasionally and some characters were added while some were taken out. However, all the modifications I have made for the series could go on for hours, so I think I'll wrap up the birth of MLD here.
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