5 / 5 – Must read!
Spindrift is a modern fantasy webcomic following the story of Morwenna, a half-Alar (winged people who live in a sort-of-idyllic society) and half-Ildra (horned people who seem to not be the most friendly folk, although they’re not quite demons by any stretch). It’s been going since 2011 and is made by the highly talented team of Elsa Kroese (Artist/Author) and Charlotte English (Writer).
What’s Awesome About It?
The first thing that probably catches your attention when looking at Spindrift is the absolutely stunning art. That image above isn’t just a cover image – that’s what every page looks like. It’s incredibly beautiful, and the character designs, environment designs, the use of light and shadow – everything really come together to make for a visual masterpiece. I would happily frame any given page and hang it on my wall with pride.
But art alone doesn’t make for a comic, and fortunately the excellent art is matched by highly talented writing as well. Even though that comic isn’t terribly far along as of yet, the characters still come to life and you’ll be held in anticipation of what’s going to happen. The pacing is especially excellent, which can sometimes be a rarity amongst webcomics, so it’s refreshing to see it done well. Spindrift manages to strike a great balance between rapid development and taking the time to explore its characters.
The setting of the comic is also quite interesting. Although at first glance it seems to be a typical “angel people vs. demon people” type situation, it quickly proves itself to have far more depth than that. Even this early into the comic, the richness of the setting shines through and all manner of interesting magic, peoples, and environments have already been revealed.
Overall, I love this comic. My one complaint is that it doesn’t update faster, but given the amount of time it must take to produce the art and keep the writing as good as it is, I can’t complain. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the story goes, and I think you will be too. Since as of this writing there are only around 50 pages, it’ll be a quick read, and most definitely worth your time if you’re a fan of fantasy, good art, or good writing. And quite honestly if you don’t like any of those (especially for free) then I have no idea why you’re even reading this. Check out Spindrift, and make sure to bookmark it and keep up with its ongoing progress!
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