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The Forest Spirit: An Illustration

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the forest spirit illustration by kelci crawford

The Forest Spirit is more than just a spirit – she is a deity. She has been around since before written history. Her name has been lost to the ages, but she is forever present within the trees. When she moves, she moves slowly, thoughtfully, but deliberately. And when she is found, she will guide travelers by testing them – fail the test, and you are taken out of the forest, forever unable to find it again.

She was originally just a sketch in my sketchbook, but she evolved into a forgotten god I put to use in my D&D campaign. She tested the heroes and weeded out the ones too cowardly to go to Innish Baugh (“Wrong Town”) to fight the final boss.

This illustration was drawn and painted on green tinted pastel paper, with Copic markers, a Pentel sign pen, watercolor, and gouache. This was my first illustration working with colored paper and I REALLY like the results.

At this moment, this illustration is a print ONLY available in the UK through Dragonhide Studios. If you are based in the UK/Europe and are going to the conventions listed on this page, be sure to check out Dragonhide Studios to get this print if you’re interested!

In the meantime I’m looking into US printers to get this nice, large illustration printed up for me for my US fans. Stay tuned!

Thank you for reading.

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So I Might Make a Game. Maybe. Possibly…

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validation webcomic panel
This panel is from Validation (written by Christian Beranek, drawn by me)

I like games. Video games are cool, but right now, my love is for tabletop games.

If you want to understand why I love tabletop games, especially Dungeons & Dragons, so much, I highly recommend you watch this TedTalk about why D&D is good for you, and this Cosmonaut Variety Hour video about Dungeons & Dragons.

Of course I’ve played other tabletop games, too: Evil Baby Orphanage, King of New York, Settlers of Catan, We Didn’t Playtest This At All, Quelf, and Pathfinder are all games I’ve trod the table for. But Dungeons & Dragons is my big favorite right now, especially 5th edition. 5th edition is really the best beginner’s version of Dungeons & Dragons that’s out right now (aside from the Starter Pack).

With that said, I’ve been wanting to make a new game for quite a while now.

Not just a new D&D 5th edition campaign (I’m already in the process of brewing one). But a new tabletop game.

Christian Beranek and I have been throwing around the idea of finally making Tiny Unicorn, which is a game mentioned in our comic Validation. That’s great. I don’t mean to discredit that.

No, I mean, making a new game.

The idea I’ve had for a little while is something based on the world of Charlie & Clow and The Case of the Wendigo. In my mind’s eye it would run off a D20 system, partly because I’m most comfortable with that, and partially because…

Ok look, I know there are games based on existing comics, movies, TV shows, etc that generally favor the Fate System as a root to base the game on. But I’ve looked at the Fate System and I just don’t like it. It’s too complicated and nonsensical, especially when it comes to how characters in the game take damage. While there are aspects of the D20 system that can make a game easy to break (by overpowering characters, spamming certain spells, etc), I still find it preferable to the mess that is the Fate System.

So anyway, yes, I’m thinking of brewing a tabletop game based on the world of Charlie & Clow and The Case of the Wendigo with the d20 system as its base.

I’ll be updating here on the blog if I finally get the chance to start this thing.

Thanks for reading!

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So, About Autism and Sensory Overload…

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Review Day Tuesday is Pushed Back (Again)

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Y’all, this new episode of Review Day Tuesday is taking way too dang long to write and record for. I want to make it the best review I possibly can but JEEZ it’s hard.

There are other videos I want to make though, and these other videos would be faster and easier to do, plus they don’t require a ton of scripting or planning.

I’ll post one of these types of videos soon, and if I don’t have this Review Day Tuesday episode done after that, I may just drop the frickin’ series.

Because here’s the thing – video-making is a hobby. It’s not my job, and I don’t ever want it to be. I want it to be fun. And right now, Review Day Tuesdays are…not fun.

It’s not fun in the way I consider comics-making fun. When I make comics, even when I come across a challenge, I come up with a game-plan to tackle that challenge or I just go into it. It’s a chance to learn to me. Even the hard stuff is fun to do.

Right now, this Review Day Tuesday thing is just something I DREAD. I don’t like to do hobbies that give me a sense of DREAD. If I dread doing the thing, what would be the point of doing it?

I want to give it a little more time, though – sometimes it’s just the mood I’m in. Sometimes there’s a legit concern. I want to give it time and when I revisit the idea of Review Day Tuesday, I’ll see if it’s a legit concern, just the mood, or something more problematic.

In the meantime, I’m still updating The Case of the Wendigo, Validation, and the Extra ClothesPins Podcast. Check those out if you haven’t already.

Thank you for reading!

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Review Day Tuesdays Return…Next Week

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Review Day Tuesdays are my short YouTube videos where I review indie comics and novels. I had put the series on hiatus because, at the time, there was a LOT going on.

Now, I have more free time, since I’m freelancing full-time now, so Review Day Tuesdays are coming back next week.

The original plan was to bring it back on February 28th, but I’m not quite done with the script yet. The plan is to review the novel The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder, and there’s a LOT to cover with that book. That’s why it’s talking a little longer than usual to get the script done, and then record and edit the video.

So for now, expect the Review Day Tuesdays series to start back up again on March 7th.

I can’t wait to share The Museum of Intangible Things with you. So stay tuned!

Thank you for your support.

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