Webcomics and Graphic Novels, Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Mark Oakley!
is, Thieves &
engrossing self-published black-and white fantasy saga. [. . .] This is
a story for fans of Bone, Elfquest, Nausicaa, or Harry Potter to fall
in love with; highly recommended for teen and adult fantasy readers
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Also.., Jenny Mysterious is now LIVE and will have regular weekly updates!Yessss! Been a long time coming. Jump to her section below. Thanks everybody!
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NEW! Stardrop eBook Now Available! (See the Studio News (below) for the scoop on this!)
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
New Pages posted - 140 to 141
I've decided to publish the long-talked about Jenny Mysterious free on-line, with new pages every week, starting right now! BUT I am asking folks to become Patrons. Please support my comics with as little or as much as you choose with a monthly subscription, (even just a dollar would be fine!). It's really easy. See my Patreon page for details.
Sample Chapter from, Thieves & Kings, Volume 3, "The Blue Book"
Thieves & Kings is not a webcomic. It's an all-ages fantasy/adventure graphic novel series which I've been working on since 1994. It is nearly done; I hope to wrap up the story in the 7th volume, (currently in production). The chapter featured here offers a good example of what it's like to read Thieves & Kings. --It's a peppy sequence, and it contains both regular comic pages, and some text pages. It doesn't show much of the title character, (Rubel) and none of the Shadow Lady, but Heath and Varkias carry the show quite nicely. I do hope you enjoy this sample of my work!
The Walking Mage is a complete story. Originally it was done in black & white, (which you can check out here, if you like). I wanted to experiment with color and so began by using a computer to color the Walking Mage for its print release. After a few panels I decided that it would be a lot more fun to paint it by hand, and so switched to water-color around episode six.
The story itself is quite a good little yarn; funny and pointed in many places, as political satire ought to be. I was actually quite surprised to learn this! I found myself laughing out loud in several places. --I don't know why this story in particular was so hard for me to accept, but it was. I avoided reading it for several years after it first went to press. The ending is rather abrupt, but it was a serial strip, after all.
So anyway, after having let this web-comic languish in the digital attic, I've decided to pull it out and post it again for all the world in its full-color glory. This is the first time the Walking Mage has been available in full color on the web. I hope you enjoy the adventures of Quinton and Varkias. Cheers!
The Alphabetical Monster List and Memory Rescue Operation
Sept 13, 2016
Last week I posted about an elusive word I couldn't remember, (It was Sufferance!), and one of the things about that exercise I really enjoyed and now crave more of was how it made my brain BURN!
It felt like yoga for my synapses; like the opposite of Alzheimer's. It felt like winning my brain back from Google. It felt.., like POWER. (I was also intrigued by the way my vision swam back into 20/20 for a short while during the most heated moments of that memory stretch.)
Anyway, since then, I've been hungrily seeking out, hunting down the little blank spots in my brain; Obscure movie titles I *know* I know, but can't remember. Who wrote that song? What was that character's name in ____?
For some reason, I feel an internal push to do this, as if it's important somehow; Like it might actually *matter* sometime in the future. -I've learned to trust such instincts. Prepare! Prepare!
So anyway.., while playing around in my mind, I came up with a particularly entertaining version of this exercise which kept me spinning for over an hour, and I thought I'd share:
See how fast you can do this:
Dig in your memory banks and retrieve a monster/mythical creature for every letter of the alphabet. (D for Dragon, for instance).
It's more difficult than you'd think!
If you want to play, post your answer on the thread on my FB page not in a paragraph, but rather in a big tall list with a bit of junk filler at the top where people have to click, "Read More" if they want to see the whole thing, (that way the challenge isn't spoiled for others).
-No Google (except for spellings).
-Single words only if you can manage it; no "Red Dragons".
-Try to stay away from creatures invented by a single author.
-Though both those last two rules are allowed if you can make a good argument for a given case or just get really stuck. (I got stuck on "J" and "R").
-If you hit a super easy letter, post two or more creatures until you find yourself straining.
I'll post my own list of answers in 24 hours. (See the thread and post comments on my FB page).
How agile is your Monster Hunting Mind..?
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