Personal blog - and temporary home page until new website is finished - of writer, editor and graphic artist Christopher Mills

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ravenwulf, Swordsman of Tanar'r

About six years ago, I came up with the idea for a sword & sorcery graphic novel featuring an aging barbarian adventurer, who, having declined a kingdom of his own, had settled in a small mountain village with a simple –but beautiful – woman, to raise a family and put a life of bloodshed and adventure behind him.

Obviously, it's a "what if Conan hadn't become king" set-up, but I hoped to make it slightly more than just another Conan pastiche. I saw it as a High Plains Drifter/Unforgiven type of story transplanted into the S&S genre. My intention was to serialize it online in a format identical to my original Gravedigger and Perils on Planet X strips with an ultimate goal of seeing it in print, and to that end, I began a search for the right collaborator.

Eventually, I came in contact with artist Sergio Cariello, who has gone on to fame and a steady paycheck with Dynamite Comics' Lone Ranger revival. Sergio seemed perfect for the project, and I sent him the script for the first 8-page chapter. He finished half of it before having to step away from the strip in favor of paying work. These are his pages above – click on them for readable sizes.

Well, I haven't done anything with the character or story since, although the story has been safely tucked away in some otherwise unused corner of my cerebellum, slowly gestating. I've been thinking about it quite a bit lately, and I believe that in a few months, I'll sit down and try to write it up in novel form. Now, I've had such ambitions before, and made nothing of them. But, this time, I think I just might....

Of course, I've got a lot of stuff to get out of the way first!


Charles Gramlich said...

Definitely this looks to have promise. I like the concept of it.

Have you read DAvid Gemmell's Druss the Legend books? Very fine stuff.

Craig Zablo said...

The concept has promise, no doubt. I'm really surprised that you haven't given crime novels a shot.

Jon said...

I remember these pages. Lately I've been getting into the Savage Sword of Conan reprint books. Unapologetic male power fantasies with John Buscema inspired art? Sign me up.

The Evil DM said...

I have to echo Charles. David Gemmell would be fine inspiration.
I love stories like this. If you make it I will buy.

El Vox said...

Nice art and script and idea, I would have liked to have seen where it would have gone.