A Redtail's Tale or What Does the Fox Dream?
September 30, 2013 9:17 AM Subscribe
A REDTAIL'S DREAM
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Two years ago, Minna Sundberg was an art student who aspired to write and draw graphic novels so she decided to create a 'practice comic' while still in school. It was a fantasy adventure based upon Finnish mythology - not like Norse Gods, the omnipotent entities here were spirit animals, including an irresponsible young fox spirit who messed up the Northern Lights (also known as 'Fox Fire') and pulled the population of a rural village into a Limbo-like 'dream bubble' between Life and the Afterlife.
The task of helping them all return home (through a series of tasks ranging from odd jobs to death-defying feats) fell to a pair of unlikely heroes, Hannu, a young man who still had some growing up to do, and Ville, his faithful dog, who would become much more than 'just a dog'. When Minna began publishing pages to the web, its beautiful art and interesting characters (human and animal) were far better than you'd expect from a 'practice comic', and it gained quite a following, making the semi-finals of this year's ComicMix.com webcomic tournament
. The encouraging response prompted Minna to expand the tale from a planned 150 to 550 pages (with no loss in quality), and now, after nearly two years of daily pages, the end of the tale is less than two weeks away. But please, read it from the beginning
, because, you know, SPOILERS. (But by page 444, you will believe a swan can have fur and four legs.) Any comparisons to Ursula Verson's Hugo Award winning "Digger"
(which ran 800 pages over 4 years and was in black and white) are welcome.