The Chronicles of Ademar

Links

August 28th, 2008

Links is a character shrouded in mystery. All that is known about him is that he is a deadly ghost of a creature. According to most of the folk in the kingdom, he is a mythical creature: he exists only in campfire stories. He has a unique condition that causes his flesh to melt from his body, so he will be seen in both forms shown below.


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Links will be seen throughout the entire series. He is a key villain and player in the story.

Rechts

August 28th, 2008

Rechts is the personal bodyguard to Advisor Kimodo. A formidable beast of a wolf, Rechts stands several feet taller than the rest of the cast and is incredibly strong. He is a creature of few words, usually standing silently while awaiting orders from his master.


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Rechts is a recurring character in the story, typically seen in close company with Kimodo.

Advisor Kimodo

August 28th, 2008

Kimodo is the wise old dragon who stands aside the throne. He has served the Ademar family for the past four generations, and is the Emperor’s most trusted companion and advisor. His intelligence and deep sense of honor and tradition have guided the royalty in their decisions and policies for decades.


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Advisor Kimodo is a major player in the overall story. His role in the events will be revealed in time.

The Chronicles of Ademar FAQ

August 28th, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often is this site updated?
A: This site will be updated every Monday afternoon at varying times of day. Check back to see the new content for each week.

Q: Is the comic going to be published online?
A: No. Well… not entirely, anyway. There will be occasional preview panels and storyline bits published in posts as the publishing dates draw nearer — and perhaps a page or two, depending on the content — but there will never be any full issues posted online. The book can be read only in printed format, purchased as individual issues once they are released.

Q: How often are the issues published?
A: I’m shooting for a quarterly release, so every three months or so. I will try my hardest to meet this self-imposed deadline, but as I am still in graduate school at SCAD, it may take a little longer, so please have patience with me and understand I am working my hardest. I’m the only artist working on this comic and I want it to be the best end product that it can be.

Q: In what format/medium is the comic drawn?
A: The comic is drawn at a standard 2:3 page size and is finished using a sepia ink wash illustration style with watercolor highlights. Most of the artwork will be in a deep sepia tone, while key items or characters will be in subtle color, just as you see on this site.

Q: How can I purchase a copy of the issues?
A: As each issue is completed, I will post a link to the purchasing page. Until I can find a traditional comic publisher, all printing will be handled through Lulu.com. Unfortunately this means that for the time being you won’t be able to find Ademar at your local book stores, so you will have to order your copy online.

Q: How much will the issues cost?
A: At this point I don’t know for sure. It will depend on how many pages I fit into each issue. Lulu charges per page, but it shouldn’t be very expensive at all if I keep to standard comic length (20-30 pages per issue).

Q: What’s with all the German?
A: Kudos to you if you realized this before reading this FAQ. I always thought German was an interesting-sounding language, so one of my first decision when writing Ademar was to use German terms as character names. Just per example, Links and Rechts mean “left” and “right” in German, respectively. There are plenty of other German names all throughout the comic, so keep an eye out for them if you’re the language buff type.

Q: I thought you changed the characters to humans…?
A: This is a question probably being asked by people who have followed my artwork for a while now. There was a time in early 2007 when I decided to experiment with the characters and make them human. I made a series of test images and designs for each of the main cast, but I very quickly realized that this was a baaaaad idea, as they all looked awkward and the whole comic lost a lot of its charm. I ultimately changed them back to animals, but kept a bit of the rewritten story, so altogether it certainly was not a waste of time. Just to confirm, though, the characters ARE animals.

Q: Are you REALLY making the comic this time, or is this just another teaser? We’re tired of being lied to.
A: I’ve had several moments over the past six years of writing the overall story where I thought I was ready to start producing the comic. I even made public announcements that I had begun drawing the first pages. Unfortunately, up until now I always had additional problems to address and errors to fix in the characters and plot holes which prevented me from really getting started. This is my grand opus, so to speak, so I am not going to jump into it until I am absolutely certain that it is perfect. After six years I have finally reached the point where I am confident in its quality, so yes. I am really making the comic this time.

This post will be updated with additional questions as time goes on. If you have a question that is not addressed here, feel free to e-mail me or send me a message on AIM at screen name PeterAndCompany.

Buckley

August 28th, 2008

Buckley is the secondary bodyguard to the Ademar royalty and Lily’s fighting partner. Her past is shrouded in mystery, but she is proving herself as a loyal fighter and a solid backup to Lily, who doesn’t think very fondly of her as she was the first outside of Lily’s family to be sworn in as a royal bodyguard. Unlike Lily, Buckley is a bit wreckless and cocky as a fighter, often flaunting her skills as a marksman. Her primary weapons are a longbow and crossbow pistol, with a broadsword for backup melee combat.


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Buckley is one of several main characters of the book. The majority of the plot will involve her in some fashion.

Lily

August 28th, 2008

Lily is the personal bodyguard to the Ademar royalty. Just like her father before her, she has sworn her life to the protection of the Emperor and Prince. Although she is still young — the youngest to assume the role, in fact — she has a surprising level of bravery and dedication. Her weapons of choice are a pair of samurai-style blades. Because her father was a panda guard and her mother a maid worker, she was born and raised in the castle, so she sees all of its inhabitants as her family; the maids are her sisters and the guards her brothers.


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Lily is one of several main characters of the book. The majority of the plot will involve her in some fashion.

Website: Go!!

August 28th, 2008

Welcome to the new website and online home of The Chronicles of Ademar! This will be the premiere place to find any and all information regarding the upcoming graphic novel, written and illustrated by Jon Ponikvar, the author of Peter and Company.

This website will be updated regularly every Monday afternoon with new content, from sketches and images of the characters to conceptual designs of creatures and environments. As each issue comes closer to its release date, you may even see preview panels direct from the pages of the book. There will never be any spoilers unveiled here, and any descriptions of the characters will be kept brief and concise as to only give people a taste of what is to come.

Be sure to check back each week for more artwork and information. Any news on the issues being published will be posted as headlines, so be sure to keep an eye on the front page. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy your time in the Ademar universe!

-Jon Ponikvar



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