Welcome to the world of The Brooding Muse! We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves, we’re Patrick + Jen an originally awesome East Coast couple now residing in the Olympia, WA area. We have found Washington to be a very interesting place with a culture all to its own.
Olympia is a very eclectic place, lying in a region well known for its creativity with boasting names as Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Pratt, Jimi Hendrix, Bill Gates, Kurt Cobain, and members of Pearl Jam and Queensryche.
Recently there has been a wave of creativity in the direction of comics and art as shown by the growing popularity of regional comic cons such as Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle and Rose city in Portland which both boast nearly 100,00 visitors yearly.
After settling into our place we found ourselves getting some commissioned artwork back for use on a website of ours. The picture included a spider, lantern, and a wicked cool stained glass window that just begged to have its past uncovered, to be given a purpose of a higher calling. And with that picture began the story of The Brooding Muse.
We are so happy you are along for the adventure. We have a great story to tell. So hang on, enjoy, and have fun!
Stake the date! We promise more menace and intrigue to follow in spades as new pages to sink your fangs into arrive next month so bookmark us and stick around!
Until then…Get in the fight! – Join The Resistance – head over to our Prologue page or click the book on our home page to read away and march along with Kayla and Company on the path.
New News? What’s the News!?
Hey everyone, I want to welcome you to the world of the Brooding Muse. After almost two years of working hard to bring her to life we are super excited to be live and active for all to see.
I have to tell you, it was one heck of a ride getting the webcomic to where it is now. It started back in 2016 as an idea from a piece of artwork we had done for our sister site The Sonic Fringe. This illustration was of a spider, a girl w/ a sword, and a story to be told. And so it began…
Our vision as we started out was to make something that we ourselves would enjoy reading. Its origins lie in the black and white horror fantasy comics of the 60’s and 70’s with some early 80’s mixed in too. We always enjoyed story based content, Eerie Magazine, Creepy Magazine, The Savage Sword of Conan, and comics like The Walking Dead. So using influences such as those, we ended up with something entirely original and by itself.
Here I will give you a behind the scenes look at some of the obstacles we have encountered and have gradually overcome. We have always put what was best for our story first and foremost. We also thought about what we would want to see and in the best interest of the reader. An example of this very thing was early on, when the artist we were working with began handing back pages, that we came to the conclusion that the style the comic was heading in just wasn’t what we wanted for our story, it just didn’t have the right feel. But it was perfect to use for storyboarding and to develop concepts. Also due to circumstances, the pages were being completed out of order, so it made the final version of the work harder to see. Then on top of all of this, pages were taking 4 weeks or more each to complete, this amount of time was an eye opener to people who had never done this before.
Then I came across Nik on FB, where he is an active part of the Warren Publishing Co’s groups and posts work that he does for the magazine “Creeps” I immediately loved his style and showed Patrick as I saw this type of art being perfect for our own comic. We decided to touch base with him and see if he would be interested in working with us. We were very happy when he got back to us and said he was.
In the following weeks we set him to work on page one of the prologue. We worked around deadlines he already had with others and he did a great job getting us in and started. Over the coming months he worked away on getting the first few pages of the prologue done and is currently on stand by as we get pages funded, to start on them as he is able.
This is where you can help! We are proudly an independent working on getting the pages completed. As you may have seen we have a great merchandise collection where any proceeds from the purchase goes directly to funding pages being completed and posted online monthly. Ads! We also have ads that by clicking and visiting them helps us fund pages as well, and a donation section too through which we are putting proceeds towards to create new pages. We are absolutely amazed by the good nature and positivity of all of you and we truly can’t thank you enough.
Always feel free to drop us a line and say hello and please spread the word of Kayla and Company to friends, family, and neighbors it’s appreciated absolutely and we would love to hear from everyone.
The Herald Sings
Hey Brooding Muse fans! For the news this week I’m writing on all the fantastic events going on in the region for all of us comic and toy fans. Here in WA state we are lucky to have a ton of events that are unique and that everyone will find something to enjoy if you’ve been to a pop culture convention, or comic con as their commonly referred to, you know they are a great place to meet like-minded folks of your favorite tv or monster star and pick up some unique and exclusive merchandise. Also, if you find yourself one of those that like to dress up, those events are known for their huge cosplay communities, often offering contests and meet ups to further encourage participation.
There has been extensive growth in cons in the past several years with the different cons of all sizes cropping up all over the country. But unfortunately with such growth comes the end of others. Our family experienced this in January, we had tickets to the Walker Stalker Con (a con dedicated to fans of the tv show The Walking Dead) to be held in Portland. Then came the email that stated the con had been cancelled due to slow ticket sakes despite sales such as $10 tickets and buy 1 ticket, get 2 free. We, like so many, we’re very disappointed but since then they announced their intention to try again in Portland next year, so here’s hoping it works out better then!
Coming up in March is our family favorite of Emerald City Comic Con or ECCC in Seattle. It is held yearly in the spring at the WA State Convention Center. We usually go every year however this year we decided to skip. There were no favorite celeb guests to meet and so we decided to try two new events out in May which I’ll mention in a bit. ECCC is just a fantastic time. Aside from the headlining guests there are comic guests, panels, exhibits halls, and a large artist alley area. ECCC is unique in that it has a dedicated area for regional artists where you can go show your support for artists of the area. We always come back with either a great photo op picture or merchandise from our favorite brands or both!
Now I mentioned our 2 new events were doing this year. Funny thing is they both fall on the same weekend in May so it will be a busy one! The first is called Everfree North West in Seattle. I personally can’t wait for this one as this is an all age’s convention for fans of My Little Pony. I am a lifelong fan of My Little Pony having a decently sized collection of the 80’s generation of ponies myself. Even my two little kids want to go to this one! The other event that shares this weekend is Minefaire, and official Minecraft community event taking place at Century Link Field. The kids love Minecraft so this will be a super fun event to do with them and we are definitely excited to try it out and add these new events to our family life!
A new event that has come up on the last few years is the WA State Summer Con (formerly the WA State Toy and Geek Fest) held at the WA State fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA. This event is definitely carving itself a nice part of the con audience for themselves. This year they have the following guests scheduled: Billy Dee Williams, Carl Weathers, John Ratzenberger, and many others. This con is very affordable with tickets ranging from $35 for a one day and $60 for a 2 day with kids to age 12 $15 and under four free. We haven’t made it to this one yet but hope to soon.
The other larger con in the area is Rose City Comic Con held in Portland, OR. We have gone to this one twice and have had a great time. This is a typical con with guests, panels, exhibitors, and artists. It is generally a bit smaller in size than ECCC but has been growing larger each year.
Lastly and worth noting a large contributor to the market of collectables at these cons is toy manufacturer Funko. Funko’s HQ is just up the interstate from us a bit in Everett, WA. The HQ is a wonderful toy wonderland for kids and adults to enjoy. We have visited it ourselves and had a wonderful time. It’s a great asset to have these guys in our region.
The events I mentioned here just covers till September, and there are other town cons/events out there if you are interested. In Olympia in June is the Olympia Comics Festival which is fantastic to have locally. We have found, since moving here 5 years ago, that Washington State and the greater NW area has a lot to offer and delivers year after year rich experiences to fans of all things nerdy and of popular culture and grows each year. One day sooner rather than later you may even see The Brooding Muse there!
As always, we want to extend our deepest thanks for all your support as we continue to get the word out there about the Brooding Muse. Until next time…Keep an eye out for the conventions in your area and enjoy all they have to offer!
Star Trek News 🙂
What do you find interesting in today’s television? We here have discovered a wonderful little streaming device in Roku. We have found that Comcast even has a streaming service in where you can get the “basic” channels streamed to the device. We, for several reasons, had been away from TV for a few years for several reasons, so we are a bit behind the times in what it has to offer.
Recently on one of these channels, we discovered for a few fun hours every evening they play one episode from each of the Star Trek series starting with the Original Series, the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. Now we are fans of the first two and have awesomely fun, laid back evenings incorporating watching these shows into our night when possible. I have always loved the original series and William Shatner’s beloved Capt. Kirk, even having met the legend himself at a con a few years back. And the Next Generation ranks as one of my top 5 TV shows ever. We watch these shows with some popcorn, wine, a cold beer and some good company.
Enjoying nights like these really makes it clear that no matter how much TV and its delivery methods have changed, some things don’t change at all. And it makes me happy that there is still an audience that includes us here at the Muse that enjoy evenings such as these.
What are some of your favorite TV shows? Do you think TV has gotten better or worse over time?
Catwoman and Company
So as you all know Friday March 8 was International Women’s day, celebrating the global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. As a woman myself, I can get behind a day celebrating equality and justice for a group of people I am a member of. This day dates back to 1911 Europe and has only grown since.
Comics have always been a welcoming home for strong female characters, and our own Brooding Muse is no different. Traveling back in time to Feb 1940, is the first known female super hero by writer-artist Fletcher Hanks. “Fantomah” was an ageless, ancient Egyptian woman in the modern day who could transform into a skull faced creature with superpowers to fight evil. She debuted in Fiction House’s Jungle Comics #2 Feb 1940.
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, holds the official Guinness Book record of the first female character to act as the main heroine in her own comic series. Her first issue was published in the US in 1942.
Back then it is estimated that females made up 50% of comic book readership. Growing from these roots you now, once again, have a huge influx of female fans watching movies and TV shows, and cosplaying their favorite character at conventions all over the world. Statistics show female readers are the fastest growing group enjoying comic books.
Now according to online sources consistently the most popular heroine is Wonder Woman. As a warrior for the Amazons, Diana shows a fearlessness and perseverance that would rival any male counterpart as well as a self belief I would be proud of any young girl to emulate. She also displays compassion and kindness dedicated to defending those who can’t defend themselves. She also shows a great physical strength.
On the other side of the aisle is another favorite, Catwoman, one of the most popular villains. Her real name is Selina Kyle, and was one of the first female TV characters that showed what empowerment for a female was. She had her own gang of male followers, she had a take charge attitude and on top of all that, beauty. She was her own woman and has been dating back to 1940, having had her own comic for 15 years now. She now has had some martial arts training and has lost those most impractical heels to improve her fighting abilities. She also now has a daughter. She sees herself as a protector of the poor and disadvantaged, interestingly enough, also an accurate description of Wonder Woman.
One last female, one of many worth noting, is also from Batman, is Poison Ivy. A Gotham City botanist, Dr. Pamela Islet got her powers when she was injected with plant toxins. She joins forces with Bane and Mr. Freeze to try and take over Gotham. What she really wants is to giver her beloved plants the ability to fight back against humans who are destroying Mother Nature. Her personality is deceptive, seductive and will do anything to protect and safeguard the environment even if it means death to the destructors. She prefers to blow her pheromone dust to attract Gotham City residents.
Looking back at these three well known female comic book characters you can see how each characters brings a caring and protectiveness to a specific group of living things. Whether they are the poor, the Amazons, or Mother Nature herself they all have a female guardian in the comic book realm. What is your favorite comic book heroine or female villain? Write us and let us know either here or on Facebook!