Sunday, June 17, 2012

Namesake Volume One

My original intention with this blog was to mainly focus on manga, anime and Graphic Novels as originally published, however since there is a fairly common GN form that's becoming more and more popular now: the published webcomic.

Webcomics are just what they say they are, comics published on the web. However, instead of printed comics being archived on the internet, these are comics that originally are posted on the web and later on compiled into printed books. 

The one I'll be talking about in particular in this post is called Namesake. According to the description from the website:

Namesake is the story of Emma Crewe, a woman who discovers she can visit other worlds. She finds out that these are places she already knows – fantasy and fairy lands made famous through the spoken word, literature and cinema. Her power as a Namesake forces her to act as a protagonist in these familiar stories as she figures out how to get home.
But as she travels, she discovers that those controlling her story have their own selfish goals in mind – and her fate is the key to everyone’s happy ending.
Join Emma, her sister Elaine and their friends as they tumble down the rabbit hole.
If you like, adventure, humor, stories of friendship, fairy tales and fantasy, this is the webcomic for you.
 With this particular title, I happen to be good friends with both of the creators, Isabelle and Megan via LiveJournal. I saw the genesis of the series and the eventual birth. Truth be told, it was an amazing process to witness. I do my part in the fandom by starting both the LiveJournal fan page as well as the fanart page on deviantArt.

Now, it's available in printed form that can be purchased from the website. Since I participated in the Kickstarter campaign that enabled them to get it printed, I was not only able to get a copy of the book, but a few extras as well, such as a digital copy, jewelry pendants and prints.

The cover of volume one

The quality of the book is very good, with 144 thick glossy pages with good print quality and color. The pages are a decent size where the details can be seen with easy to read print. With a price of $20.00 it's a good price for the quality.

A few select pages from the comic.

The book is available for purchase here at the online store. You can read the entire comic here at the main website.