The October Kingdom

General / 02 October 2019

Where it is always dusk…
and where the shadows come out to play…

Stay tuned… 

A new horror anthology motion book coming soon…

Motion comics for indie creators

General / 12 September 2019

Motion vs. static
Indie comic creators (especially those like myself, with no name recognition) should take a look at the Motion Book option. When, viewing my static version vs. the motion version, there’s a huge difference and my motion comic was actually pretty simple to produce. A sound track to enhance mood, control of pace and a few effects can really enhance the user’s experience.

The Madefire Motion Book Tool is very stable with the right amount of options. The tool is free, hosting the files is free and when your audience is ready to pay to see your work, Madefire can monetize that for you through their app. Version 2 of the Madefire Tool is due out soon with more features and HTML5 output.
If you’re familiar with any other motion programs (Hype, Animate, Flash, AfterEffects, Edge, ToonBoon, any 3D program), I think it’s an almost must do for you, since you’ll pick this one really quickly (no coding, no scripting). 

Trying new things
If you don’t have that background and also, if your art is traditionally produced (hence no layers), it will take longer and you have to weigh that time investment. I’ve had a very varied career and I think learning new things is one of the best things about a life in the graphic arts (avoid being niched!). Also, picking up knowledge in one area can often enhance your skills and understanding in another.

The Cauldron 
To find out more, check out the Cauldron, it’s a cooperative of indie motion book creators, a very friendly space in which to explore the potential of this platform. You’ll see a lot of different stories and styles from creators from all over the world. Creating comics (static or motion) can be a daunting  sort of endeavor, getting a little help can make a big difference.


Free “Mercy” Episode 2 starts today!

General / 11 September 2019

“Mercy is Just My Name Episode 2” starts today on artstation. 

This is the first time the static comic has been available for FREE! Pages to be added daily.

The Free Motion Comic is available on the Madefire app (just download the app) or on the web (Flash required).

Brought to you by Rustypony Comics & Multimedia and the Cauldron Motion Books Group.

While, not my favorite issue of the series, it was my second comic book I had created and I struggled mightly, it has some good visuals, a big change of pace set in the Louisiana swamps, an alternate steampunk history of the Civil War, sets up material for the big finale in “Nightland” and best of all leads into the excellent episode, “Wolfshead.” 

So, free episodes daily and I hope you enjoy the story.

Free Motion Book!

General / 30 August 2019

Free Motion Book!

Legends of Ancient Venus,” a FREE Motion Book Adventure using animation and sound is now available on the Web (Flash Version) or on the Madefire App for phones and tablets (just download the app and search for “Venus”). 

A retro-pulp adventure in the Edgar Rice Burroughs tradition set on the savage, primordial world of Venus!

Brought to you by Rustypony Comics & Multimedia and Cauldron Motion Book Group.

Want more Motion Book action? Try these:

Mercy is Just My Name 1 Soul in Iron Part I

Mercy is Just My Name 2 Soul in Iron Part II

Mercy is Just My Name 2 Wolfshead

Mercy is Just My Name

General / 19 January 2018

Thanks for finding this site!

“Mercy is Just My Name” is a classic revenge-fueled spaghetti western comic with a supernatural and steampunk twist.

Best described as ”One-Eyed Jacks” meets “Shadow Over Innsmouth” meets “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

Enjoy the images and any help spreading the word would be greatly appreciated.


Jon Gerung