Thanks to its roots in pulp fiction, the fantasy gaming genre goes very well with comic books. Sure, the mechanics and the fiction don’t always line up, and yes there are a fair share of duds out there. But overall, comics based on popular role-playing games is a consistent, if not high-profile, part of the industry.
There have been a lot of good fantasy RPG comics, from the fun albeit rough in quality Advanced Dungeons & Dragons series of the 1980s to 2016’s extremely fun Pathfinder: Worldscape, which mashed up the Pathfinder RPG with classic heroes such as Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and Red Sonja. But my personal favorite RPG-based comic is the series that ran in the Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition days.
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The final Awesome Adventures comic showcased how far Andy had come with his art – you can compare this comic directly to “The Discount Hitman” and see the difference.
I still have other scripts kicking around on my hard drive, but Andy discovered that writers can get a lot more fiction done in a shorter period of time than artists can. As a result, he’s switched over to prose writing and I’ve stubbornly refused to learn how to draw well enough to do a monthly comic of my own.
If you’re curious as to what Andy’s been up to since moving to the writing side of things, you can check out his website for more information.
Awesome Adventures, web comic by Andy Porwitzky and I, ran for six months in 2010 and 2011. 2010 ended with a one-page Christmas comic written and drawn by Andy, which you can find here. As 2011 rolled in, we noticed that the comic had yet to include a female character.
The first woman to appear in Awesome Adventures starts the story gagged and bound to a chair. I’ll let you read the comic and decide if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
If you’re interested in more of Andy’s work, you should take a look at his website, DoktorAndy.com.
After several years of not being Captain America, Steve Rogers has once again donned his iconic blue suit, albeit with a few changes to the overall look.
Oh yeah…there’s one other big change to the original Captain America – one which, according to many people on the Internet, ruins him forever.
Since Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 only hit shelves this week, I’ll add an off-topic spoiler space for those who want a chance to be surprised by the big twist.
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Following the debut of Awesome Adventures, Andy wrote and drew a short comic of his own, which you can find here. The following month, I returned as a writer in a story called “Heaven.” I had fiddled with this plot for a long time but couldn’t make it work as a short story. Adding the visual element of a comic got it going.
Had Andy continued to be my art mule and not required to do things like earn a wage and spend time with his family, we would have revisited this character. A second script that I wrote but which never got art added to it established a running gag: this guy loves spaceships, but can’t fly worth a damn. He basically gets a ship, crashes it into a planet filled with monsters, and then fights his way to the next sleeker-looking ship.
As with all the Awesome Adventures comics, Andy Porwitzky provided art and editorial oversight. You can find more of his work at DoktorAndy.com.
Back in 2010 and 2011, my friend Andy Porwitzky and I collaborated on a short-lived series of one-shot webcomics called Awesome Adventures Comics. These comics have recently been recovered, and I intend to post them here over the next few weeks.
The first comic, “The Discount Hitman,” was Andy’s take on a silly short story I had written.
For more information about Andy’s work, head over to DoktorAndy.com for a full listing of his fiction and non-fiction publications.
With Valeros having told his story in the previous issue, Pathfinder #2 brings us Kyra’s tale. Valeros interrupts the issue by expressing his concern that this is going to be a preachy religious screed. Kyra doesn’t alleviate concerns all that much, since the first thing she does in her story is loudly proclaim that she’s far too holy to drink wine at a tavern.
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