The gorgeous visual is some of the concept art for The Wormworld Saga, a new graphic novel by artist Daniel Lieske. It’s a story about a young boy who discovers a doorway into another world tucked away in his grandma’s attic—and it’s a story about a giant dragon trapped in a mountain, and about a mysterious Firelord who rises from the fires of Worm Mountain. Wormworld contains all the sorts of places Lieske would like to wander himself: “a deep forest, a long ocean shore, a high mountain range and an endless desert,” with Worm Mountain at the heart.
And here’s the best part: you can read it for yourself. The Wormworld Saga is an online comic, but unlike many webcomics it wasn’t released a bit at a time. Lieske worked through it all of last year, and then released it at the beginning of the year as a completed chapter, much like releasing a book. The format is also interesting—it is one continuous scroll from top to bottom, a design choice made to avoid page turns. There are still frames, of course, but it’s an interesting experience that feels like a long, seamless page from top to bottom. I don’t have one myself, but I’ve been told that it’s perfectly formatted for scrolling through on the iPad.
If you enjoy the comic, be sure to contribute! Lieske works on this in his off hours, and managed to finish this chapter in one year. But he would love to be able to work on it full-time, which he figures would let him complete up to four chapters a year. You can buy a print to help defray server costs or just donate some money but above all help spread the word. The more people who love the project and contribute, the more likely it will be that Lieske can figure out how to turn this into a full-time endeavor (and you’ll get a shout-out in the credits!). I, for one, would love to see that happen, because waiting a full year for the next chapter is going to be difficult.
I’ll leave you with this frame from the comic. While it’s not the most action-packed or exciting frame of the chapter, I just love the image. The way the headlights fall on the road and trees, the shadow of the fencepost, the curving road and signpost in the distance—it’s just a beautiful image. Head over to the site and see for yourself!