Lion Forge has announced plans to collect Witchy, the Ignatz-nominated ongoing webcomic by Ariel Slamet Ries, at C2E2 today. The comic releases new episodes every Tuesday and Friday, but now you can read a version that trees died to produce and that you have to pay for, as comics were meant to be. The press release describes the premise:
In the witch kingdom Hyalin, the strength of your magic is determined by the length of your hair. Those that are strong enough are conscripted by the Witch Guard, who enforce the law in peacetime and protect the land during war. However, those with hair judged too long are pronounced enemies of the kingdom, and annihilated. This is called a witch burningWitchy is an ongoing webcomic about the young witch Nyneve, who is haunted by the death of her father and the threat the Witch Guard poses to her own life. When conscription rolls around, Nyneve has a choice to make; join the institution complicit in her father's death, or stand up for her ideals?
For the past 5 years, I've poured everything into making Witchy and aside from the support of my fans it's sometimes felt like a lonely road— until Steenz contacted me about working with Lion Forge to publish Witchy. Since then we've all been hard at work together to make the book worth the read, for both old and new readers. Having Witchy published has always seemed like a far off dream, and I have Lion Forge to thank for taking this leap with me. With the help of my editors Hazel Newlevant and Steenz, the Witchy book has become something truly special!
And Lion Forge editor Christina "Steenz" Stewart added:
When I started at Lion Forge two years ago, I was thrilled to be able to bring in new titles (specifically webcomics) to our acquisitions process. So when I had the opportunity to bring my first pitch in, I knew it had to be the vibrant, magical, and compelling webcomic, Witchy. Two years and two editors later, I'm excited to finally see it in print. I know fans of the series will be thrilled to see it packaged so beautifully, and readers new to the world of Hyalin are going to love it as much as I did when I read it all those years ago.
Witchy's print edition will hit stores in September.