Jake Wyatt’s story of the Third Sword began in 2012, when he was working on another story’s character design, and one of his sketches evolved into a character that he thought needed her own story. In the months that followed, he produced three test pages of the girl walking through the eponymous Necropolis battling unnamed horrors. And in May 2013, he began publishing serialised pages of the comic, starting with a prologue detailing the thousand-year-old lore of Hyberia, the mythical landscape of Necropolis.
Necropolis follows the tale of its unnamed protagonist, a young girl from the Hinterlands. After she witnesses the destruction of her village at the hands of bandits, she sells her soul to a trader of the Night Market in exchange for a sword of unimaginable power and exacts revenge on the said bandits. Wielding her sword, she gains the reputation of a hired killer, slaying outlaws for money until a pair of imperial wardens pay her a visit.
The published comic is still at an early stage, but Jake has already fully mapped out its course. Of the existing and future storylines, he says, “The first big arc is probably about 300 pages, and can stand on its own. There’s a bunch of middle adventures I’d like to tell after that, and then another 150-300 page story to wrap it all up.” He works with his wife Kathryn, who helps with the writing and sometimes with the comics’ colouring process. Each page takes about eight to sixteen hours to finish, and they’re published online at the rate of at least two pages a month. Jake thinks he might take the next year off to work full-time on the first arc.
While the tale of a young girl with a sword in a medieval setting is recurrent enough in pop culture, Necropolis‘ art and detailed plotlines set it apart. Jake says he’s already planned out the lore from a thousand years before the main storyline, along with present timelines and story arcs. It might take a few years, but Jake implied that Necropolis‘ current mysteries would eventually be explained in later chapters. For now, it appears the Third Sword will transition from one hero stage to another: by Chapter Two she’s reached her training stage, and at some point we’ll see her in her older teenage version.
There’s little else to write about, but Necropolis promises to entertain, especially if you favour fantasy webcomics. The creators intend to release the finished comic in print some day, but until then you can read it in its webcomic form.
A list of shorts featuring animated metamorphosis. (‘Watch, not read’ is the new motto, so the descriptions have been kept to a minimum.)
1. Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase, by Joan C. Gratz
Seven minutes of paintings cleverly morphing into each other.
2. Nameless, by Ira Elshansky
A short and poignant piece of animation, with claymation that’s reminiscent of playtime as a child.
A canvas of red clay that becomes many things.
A selection of stopframe short films and their like, comprising puppets of clay and cloth and wood.
1. Ring Around the Mulberry Bush, by Nicholas D’Agostino
This film is on this list more for its animation than anything else: the props and the puppets are beautiful. The story and its message are simple and uncomplicated, which helps pay more attention to the film’s production.
2. Vincent, by Tim Burton
From claymation’s earliest years is Tim Burton’s Vincent, a film about Vincent’s unusal dreams of becoming Vincent Price, and with the added funniness of being narrated by Vincent Price.
3. Canis, by Marc Riba and Anna Solanas
In this painstakingly crafted (the puppets took more than a year to make) black-and-white stopmotion film, a boy lives in isolation in a house with nothing to eat but birds while feral stray dogs bark at the door. With no dialogue and slightly eerie sound and music, Canis represents several things…though I’m not sure what.
4. California Raisins
The California Raisins were clay raisin characters in a series of music-based advertisements for California Raisins, and are iconic symbols in the history of claymation. Their ads are very well-done for the 1980s, besides being lots of fun.
5. Children, by Paul Slobodan Mas
Children is a tad bit crudely-animated compared to the other items on this list, but its story’s signifance is pretty deep, and thought-provoking. (Follow the link to watch it on Vimeo.)
The Benedito Machine is a long-running web series, with animation strongly resembling shadow puppetry and intricate and possibly meaningful (or just as possibly meaningless) science-fiction-y storylines.
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared needs no introduction; the web series has outgrown the animators’ circle and become a big deal in Internet culture. The first video came out in 2011, and it’s since gathered a comparatively hardcore fan base.
An article by Sanjana.
A couple of weeks ago, I was looking through my subscriptions list on YouTube, searching for any good new videos from my subscriptions. This was when I found that a new video has been posted by Ten Second Songs, a channel run by Anthony Vincent, a musician who is known for doing covers of songs in different styles. He is most popular for his “Ten Second Songs 20 Style Covers”. This time however, he had a collaboration with Ken Tamplin, a famous vocal coach known for his vocal range, and Gabriela Gunčíková, a Czech singer who represented her country in this year’s Eurovision. The 5:20 minute-long “65 songs – A Journey Through Rock And Roll” video has 65 songs from the 1950s to the present decade showing how much rock and roll has evolved since its beginning.
The video starts off from the 1950s, the “beginning” rock and roll, featuring songs by artists like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presely and a few others who contributed to the rock and roll scene of the 50s. The 50s part is funky and seems more enjoyable than the original songs. The rock songs of the 1960s is vibrant, progressing from softer and more poppy tunes of the Beatles and the Beach Boys to heavier songs like Whole Lotta Love. I particularly liked Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart by Gabriela Gunčíková, as her raspy voice makes it just as good as Janis’ (maybe even better) and the “Whole Lotta Love” part by Ken Tamplin is incredibly good. The 1970s part is perhaps the longest decade of music in this video. This is the part where a lot of legendary classic rock songs keep coming; like Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd, Boston’s More Than A Feeling, and Queen’s We Will Rock You. Each one of these songs is done in perfect harmony and is full of energy.
The 80s part is remarkable as well. There are many songs that stood out to me in this decade. The Ace of Spades part by Anthony Vincent was very impressive, as he sounds just like Lemmy Kilmister. Gabriela Gunčíková’s Run to the Hills harmonies along with Anthony Vincent’s vocals and instrumentals were so powerful that it would be wonderful to hear an entire cover of the song by them. Faith No More’s Epic sung by Gabriela Gunčíková sounds way better than the original, and so does Paradise City sung by Anthony Vincent. The next part is my personal favourite, the 90s. It begins with Ken Tamplin singing Metallica’s Enter Sandman, which again sounds just like the original; and then the grunge part comes in. It starts with Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit and ends with Pearl Jam’s Even Flow. The most unbelievable part of the video is when Gabriela Gunčíková sings Alice in Chains’ Man in the Box perfectly, which I thought only Layne Staley could do. I really enjoyed the rest of the grunge part especially Soundgarden’s Outshined, sung remarkably well by Anthony Vincent and Ken Tamplin.
The 2000s part was simply mind-blowing. Tool’s Schism by Ken Tamplin was unbelievable as it sounds just like the original. Another thing that really stood out was how incredibly good Linkin Park’s Numb sounded with Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes. Foo Fighter’s Pretender and Muse’s Uprising was full of energy. The last part of the video, the present deacde, 2010s, begins with Gabriela Gunčíková giving us a powerful scream from Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare, before Anthony Vincent and Ken Tamplin join it to sing Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive and the video ends with a bang with Muse’s Psycho.