Read a Sorgon story, why don’t you?

As some of you may know, I also write funny books from time to time. Naturally, my favorite kind of comic to write is dark fantasy (shocker, I know). A few years back, a buddy of mine over in Britain, Ian Sharman, asked me to contribute to his excellent anthology FTL, to which I darkheartedly agreed. After some of the usual sacrificing and tithing to gibbering madness, it occurred to me I hadn’t written a script on my lonesome yet (my usual partner being the incomparable Josh Wagner). I whipped up a script, which was just the start of this idea I had about recreating The Song of Roland in a way. Gritty, dark, goddamned historic, Sorgon sprang forth from my brain meats like a lunatic child.

Once the script went out to a great artist, I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t jazzed up. But then, tragedy! Steve, the original artist, had to drop out– and it saddened me deeply, as his first run through looked like it was ripped straight from the pages of Savage Sword of Conan.

Fortunately, the unspeakable powers were looking out for this Goat, and I was introduced to Rolf Lejdegård, a truly wonderful human being who makes his home in lovely Sweden. Rolf looked at that script and went to town on it. What you see is his amazing results. Personally, I really, really dig his style. It’s raw, kinetic, and visceral. Just like Rolf is, really, which makes perfect sense! One day, I hope to work with him again on something. You must also understand that this project was essentially a volunteer one. No one got paid for it. Well, aside from Ian selling copies of FTL, which we hope he sold many to cover costs. The comics business is a harsh mistress, indeed.

One day, one day, one day… one day I’ll write more of  Hruodland’s adventures. He only has around 7 years of them left at the start of Lithan, the first Sorgon story, because the historical Hruodland (Roland) died 14 August, 778. The story is arced already, and so all I need to do is dedicate some time and money to it.

In the meantime, enjoy this ten-pager. Writing-wise, I cram a lot in there. And I apologize if it’s hard to read in spots. Rolf makes up for any typographical or writing issues quite nicely. I’ll get better images up soon, I hope.

Just click on the image and enjoy!

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(And big thanks go out to Ryan Speck for hosting this comic!)

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