If it’s been a while since you’ve checked in with Sundae Comics, you might be wondering why my comics have looked a little different these past couple of months. Who is Iris the witch and why is Hettie the raven so upset and what’s the deal with the little girl that thinks she’s a bird?
tl;dr: I decided to participate in Inktober this year and accidentally created a new comic series.
It wasn’t my intention to create an ongoing story. In fact, when I first started thinking I might want to participate in Inktober this year, it occurred to me that it might be fun to not only challenge myself to create a batch of comics based on the month’s word prompts (a difficult enough challenge on its own), but to try to connect them together into a story. But then I came to my senses. I realized that trying to create an ongoing story out of Inktober prompts was an absolutely insane idea and that I should just stick to making simple, funny comics about monsters and superheroes and whatnot and absolutely avoid any form of continuity whatsoever.
And then I went and did it anyway.
Again, it wasn’t on purpose. On the first day of Inktober, I just happened to make a comic that got a lot of attention and positive feedback on Instagram. And it just happened to be about a witch. And so when I started work on the next comic and I immediately had an idea for another witch comic… I just sort of went with it. And when that comic also proved to be popular… Things quickly got out of hand.
I have now made nineteen comics about the witch Iris Bloom, her niece Sunflower Daffodil, Hettie the raven, and Gardenia the cat, and I have at least ten more comics to go before their current adventure comes to an end. The story is much more gentle and wholesome than anything I ever thought I might write, but the support and enthusiasm from readers has made the comics an absolute joy to work on.
If you are interested in learning more about this new world of witches and magic and angry birds, you can find their adventures as a guest feature hosted on Sundae Comics and, as always, on my Instagram.