Boy it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these!
For those who might be reading this for the first time one of the things I’ve been trying to do with this site is bringing more attention to comic book projects currently on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Patreon that I personally think deserve more attention then they are currently getting. As always if you are a creator who has a crowdfunding project please feel free to reach out to me @CambrianComics, tumblr, or Facebook and I’ll take a look.
With that said let’s look at a Patreon project for a webcomic called “Sons of the Forgotten”.
Sons of the Forgotten is a webcomic project currently on Patreon and is seeking funding to get off the ground and release content on a quicker and more regular schedule. While there isn’t much in the way of story yet the two creators Rufino Ayuso and David Hueso have dedicated a lot of time to world building and creating a land with the kind of history and legends that will allow for great stories in the future.
There are plenty of races, both human and not human, that inhabit this world but we’ll get to that later. If you want to stop reading now and learn about this project on your own they have a website where they publish the story here. If you want to donate to their Patreon page click on the link below.
Patreon link: https://www.patreon.com/sotf?ty=h
Why I like this project
Look at this art work.
LOOK AT IT!
Okay I’m calm now. As you might have noticed the comic looks gorgeous. David Hueso is a professional illustrator and boy does it show.
I will also confess that I am a sucker for this kind of story telling. What these two have created is an entire world to play in, something that I am just now naming “sandbox storytelling”. You see it in a lot of big open ended video games like Skyrim
and in a lot of traditionally “geek” pop culture icons like Star Wars and Star Trek.
What do I mean by that? Well think of it this way. Everything I listed above tells a very small story within a much larger world. Sure that story may have enormous repercussions within that world but there is still a vast amount of history and lore and a huge number of secondary characters and races to pick apart, analyze, and write about. This is what gives movies like Star Wars staying power and video games like Skyrim their lasting appeal. The author/creator sets the rules and guidelines and the fans get to do the rest.
This is exactly what Sons of the Forgotten is starting to do and I for one am looking forward to the story and creating my own within this amazing universe.
Why you should donate:
I’m going to be weird here and start off with a reason why you probably WON’T donate to this project. Stop me if I heard this before. A young lad stuck at home longs for an adventure and seeks to explore the world beyond his home.
He meets a group of strangers from other races through a series of events and together they must travel together on a quest to stop some sort of evil force from taking over the land and they wind up learning about each other and themselves on the way.
Okay so I don’t know if that’s the exact story of this comic but in my defense that’s been the norm for the fantasy genre since Lord of the Rings, unless you’re talking about Game of Thrones and even then ol’ George still can’t get past the “implacable evil that will wipe everyone out unless they work together.
So why bother reading this webcomic if it’s probably going to be the same old song and dance you’ve heard a million times before?
Because the devil is in the details and this webcomic looks like it has some very promising details.
Let’s look at some of the characters.
Sure it looks like you have the starry eyed young protagonist who will fulfill his role as the main character with nothing but enthusiasm and it also looks like you have the close friend who is really strong and good at breaking things and yes, there appears to be an evil looking warlock as the villain but if you read some of the character descriptions on the website you’ll see that there is a lot of originality and creativity going on.
Let me give you a sample, within the pages of the comic you will meet
A self centered necromancer who accidentally summons the spirit of a long dead hero who joins the group as a floating skull
A race of lemming like creatures who can’t seem to die (or die over and over again I’m a little hazy on that) and as a result make it their life’s mission to seek out a “good death”.
A city where every house built out of stone and is connected to a river of lava which they use for heat and power.
A race of plant people who aren’t Ents but they do live for thousands of years and have inhabited the land for ages.
If any of the things I listed above sounds remotely interesting I cannot encourage you to donate enough. Sons of the Forgotten looks like it’s going to be a blast and I can’t wait to see where they go with it.
Patreon link: https://www.patreon.com/sotf?ty=h