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Saturday, March 22, 2008

WEBCOMIC: The Phoenix Requiem

The Phoenix Requiem

Webcomic URL: http://requiem.seraph-inn.com/
Webcomic RSS feed: http://requiem.seraph-inn.com/updates.rss

Artist/Author: Sarah Ellerton
Updates: Monday & Thursday

The Phoenix Requiem is a graphic novel that will span 5 volumes when it is finished.

"In a cold, industrial-era land, a wounded man stumbles into the quiet and humble town of Esk. Fleeing a past of troubles which he would rather forget, he quickly befriends Anya, a young lady struggling to become a doctor in spite of the disapproval of her family and friends of this distinctly non-traditional path.

When the old and the weak begin dying of an horrific and unnatural plague, and the souls of the dead begin to wander the streets, people begin to pray that the magic-bringing spirits of old - imprisoned by traitors - will finally break free in this time of need."
-- http://requiem.seraph-inn.com/about.html

"It's surprising to find such a polished webcomic with painted backdrops and such clean linework. Characters are pleasingly rendered, with a soft delicate color palette, and there is really a good use of perspectives and backdrops..."
-- mangarevolution

" The artwork is slightly manga based like Gun Baby, and like Gun Baby the comic is strengthen by the way the artist has taken on some of mangas qualities and removed other parts not necessary for the story. The story seems to have references to Sarah Ellerton’s previous comic Inverloch which has now finished. Also with a bi-weekly release of 2 or 3 pages at a time the wait between pages doesn’t seem so bad and the plot can progress at a fair rate. One to watch as it will probably win at least one award at the WCCA with the amount of nominations it has received."
-- The Scienteers

"...Sarah Ellerton continues to amaze me with how much her skills have grown. The improvements in her artwork is easy to notice; what strikes me is not the skill of her backgrounds or the depths of detail (both of which are better than what most professional print cartoonists can put forth), but in the poses and blocking utilized as Ellerton shows her story. Indeed, her ability with drawn facial expressions and body language alone allow Ellerton to reveal a story with a minimum of words. In some ways I feel like TPR is more a movie we're glimpsing moments of rather than a traditional webcomic. ...It's these little touches that have helped bring The Phoenix Requiem to life, and make it a worthy successor for Inverloch."
-- Robert A. Howard of Tangents

In early February, WCCA (Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards) released its nominees for 2008. The Phoenix Requiem was nominated for the following:
  • Outstanding Comic Finalists
  • Outstanding Newcomer Finalists
  • Outstanding Artist Finalists
  • Outstanding Writer Finalists
  • Outstanding Character Writing Finalists
  • Outstanding Long Form Comic Finalists
  • Outstanding Dramatic Comic Finalists
  • Outstanding Layout Finalists
  • Outstanding Use of Color Finalists
  • Outstanding Character Rendering Finalists
  • Outstanding Environment Design Finalists
You can check out the list in its entirety at COMIXTALK.

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