Kathleen Kralowec's The Lion and the Roc has yet to feature any literal Lions or mythical Rocs (spoiler alert?) which leads me to believe them to be metaphors, or perhaps something coming up in this so-far-pretty-short comic. As of this blog post it has 115 pages. And they are all good!
The Lion and the Roc is a fantasy story dealing heavily with magic and the realms of the gods, who seem to be a petty lot. They are also threatened by some not totally known force and that's what leads our two non-godly protagonists to do what they do. Some of the things I like about it are...
1. It creates a unique atmosphere. While much of the imagery is clearly from small cults and religions, I don't get the Disney's Hercules feeling from it. This may be a magic realm and full of deities, but it still feels fresh.
2. Every full page is colored with watercolor paint. Maybe it's because this is a medium which entirely escapes me, but I find that way the heck impressive. This would make it seem understandable to have a comic which updates infrequently, but we get a new page a week! Not bad at all!
3. In spite of myself, I find the main characters likable. They're a petty, bickering duo whose mission includes deception and betrayal, and they're able to add levity to it, without taking away a serious edge that comes with their tasks and surroundings.
Kathleen Kralowec is also part of KerBop the Angel, Electricity is Her Element, and The Inner Mask Oracle, which is a card game that looks pretty good to me!
So go read her stuff! you won't regret it!
An especially warm thank you to these Patrons
Amy and Caramon Ives