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The epic comic-strip fantasy saga of an irresponsible wizard coping with fatherhood in a city gone mad!
The epic comic-strip fantasy saga of an irresponsible wizard coping with fatherhood in a city gone mad!
The epic comic-strip fantasy saga of an irresponsible wizard coping with fatherhood in a city gone mad!
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Hi I'm Chuck, the creator of Pewfell, the comic fantasy comic.

The “Pewfell in Drain of Chaos” Kickstarter is done and funded!!! Thanks a million to everyone who support it!!!!!!

If you’re late to the party, no worries! You can always buy print and digital copies of the book and all the other Pewfell titles on DriveThruComics:

Print: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/browse.php?filters=0_0_0_44302&keywords=pewfell

eBooks: http://comics.drivethrustuff.com/browse.php?keywords=pewfell

You can read a new episodes every week at the Pewfell Patreon Page:  http://www.patreon.com/pewfell

and, of course, older episodes are eventually posed for free at: http://www.pewfell.com


Thanks again for supporting. Stay tuned for more Pewfell Kickstarters in the future. I might also be running one later this year for my children’s puzzle book “Wizard Pickles”: http://www.wizardpickles.com


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The strip is about Pewfell, an incompetent wizard who inhabits a bizzare, post-apocalyptic, medieval earth of the far far future. I describe it as a semi-autobiographical, epic fantasy sit-com. Pewfell is married to Tina the warrior princess, and the strip tends to focus on Pewfell's domestic trials and tribulations. It's just like my own life, but with more gnomes.

I drew the first Pewfell comics back in the early 1990s, and published them as a photocopied zines. Pewfell become a daily webcomic sometime in the late 1990s. Some of that earlier material is now collected in the print volume "Welcome to Spirekassle”.

In the early 2000s, the strip was picked up by ModernTales.com, and I completed the story arc that is now collected in the volumes "For the Love of Hornbag" and "What Happens in Vagus"

I had no idea what I was doing when I first started on Pewfell, but by the end of the Vagus storyline, I really felt like I was starting to get the hang of the whole comics thing. And that's when I embarked on the Drain of Chaos saga.

Drain of Chaos also marks the point where I recruited Adam Prosser as my co-writer on the series. Adam is much better at the actual jokes than I am. I tend to be more focused on plots and situations. Also, I always want everything to be plausible, whereas Adam has a tendency to careen off towards the super-wacky. This produces some nice creative tension, as I’m always trying to find ways to make his exuberant silliness seem logical. We developed a great working dynamic while writing Drain of Chaos, and the whole thing just got better and better as we went along.

So, Drain of Chaos really is the culmination of my work on Pewfell. It's the best written, best drawn and funniest of all the work I've done on the strip to date. And it hasn't been put out in a widely distributed print edition until now!!!

As Drain of Chaos opens, we find that Tina the warrior princess is pregnant, and the irresponsible Pewfell is going to have to get up of the couch and find a way to pay the bills. He takes a job with the city sewer patrol, but soon ends up as chief henchman to the city's new zombie-mad dictator. Then, as Tina starts to go into labor, the city is attacked by a vast army of darkness, led by demented Chaos Lords. Meanwhile, Pewfell's lodger, Gnoma, is mounting the greatest musical extravaganza the city of Spirekassle has ever seen. And that's just the beginning. It's a truly epic tale, in which Pewfell faces his greatest challenge yet --- fatherhood!!

When it originally appeared, Drain of Chaos was a black and white, newspaper-style, daily web strip. My own wife, Tina, was pregnant at the time I started it, and our son was born shortly before Pewfell's kids were born in the strip. I continued to publish a strip a day until the story was completed, but once it was, I realized that I could no longer maintain the daily schedule and I started to focus more on drawing stuff for kids. Pewfell is not for kids. It's got nudity, cartoon violence, and occasional magical component abuse. Generally though it gets away with a very liberal PG-13 rating.

Once it was complete, I really wanted to go back through Drain of Chaos, to re-fomat and color it for print. The script remained pretty much the same, with just a few minor edits, but I did end up re-drawing a large number of panels to fit with the full-page layout, and to better visualize the setting and epic battle scenes! The strips on this page are all from the finished book.

After a few years of intermittent effort, I eventually finished the task of polishing it up, but I never really got round to the job of properly publishing the thing and putting it out there to the world.

Now, at last, that time has come! So here it is, your chance to get a copy of the whole of Drain of Chaos in an affordable full-color, single volume print edition, with a brand new cover and all!

Everything is pretty much done, I just need to get the book set up and shipped out, and that's where you come in...

By supporting this Kickstarter, you're not only helping me get this magnificent masterwork out to a whole new audience, but you can also get your hands on lots of excitingly giftable pledge rewards!!! :)

Thanks everyone!!

-- Chuck Whelon

OK "Drain of Chaos" is FUNDED & HAPPENING!!! So, now I have a few STRETCH GOALS for us...

Crikey, with only a few hours to go, I'm out of stretch goals... but Gnoma didn't finish her striptease and can't be stopped!!! She's going to remove one more item of clothing every hour until the end. Take it away, Gnoma...

 3hrs to go...

2hrs to go...

1 hr to go,,,

and we're Kickstarted!!!!

Show's over folks, thanks for all your generous support! You can stay if you want, but I'm outta here....

Chuck

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    ORIGINAL ART: Get the original art of not one but TWO of the strips from the book PLUS a trade paperback copy of "Pewfell in: Drain of Chaos". You can specify a preference, but in the case of multiple requests for a particular strip, the choice will be random. Each individual strip is about 15" x 5". I drew them 2-up on a 14" x 17" page. Black ink on Bristol Board, with ink-jet printed type, applied by hand. NOTE: These are the original strips, some were edited and/or re-drawn at larger scale for this edition of the book.

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