A while back, I wrote an article about Riftworld Chronicles, an award winning web series featuring Tahmoh Penikett and Erin Karpluk. Here’s a brief recap: Riftworld Chronicles is a fantasy comedy about a pragmatic journalist, Kim, who teams up with Alar, a dimension-traveling wizard that finds himself trapped in our modern world. She helps him on his quest to return home, but finds his musings about his magical home-world to be delusional. Toward the end of the first season, she starts to wonder if there’s any truth to what he’s saying.
This week, I had the honor of interviewing Jonathan Williams, the creator, writer, and director of Riftworld Chronicles. We talked about his new comic series, Riftworld Legends, which takes place in Alar’s epic fantasy home-world. Williams created the new comic series in order to show fans the magical world from which Alar comes from. Riftworld Legends will feature different characters and different story lines that ultimately connect to the original series.
Riftworld Legends consists of three storylines intertwined. The first one is about two mariners in the 15th century on a ship bound for India. They pass through a rift gate and get marooned in Riftworld, where they discover magic and monsters. The second storyline is of a young girl, Fiona, who is told the story of the two mariners, by her grandmother, and a family secret is revealed. The third storyline is about Thora, a huntress from the magical world, who gets captured and taken back to Europe. As you can see, 2 out of the 3 storylines are female-driven.
Riftworld Legends is published by Joe Books, a leading independent publisher of graphic novels, comics, and novels. They make comics and graphic novels for Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel Worldwide, DreamWorks Animation, CBS Consumer Products, and NBC Universal.
The comic’s artist is Daniel Wong, who Williams met through a mutual friend they knew from a comic book store. Williams thought that Wong’s artwork was amazing. “He takes in all the tiny details that add character to the world,” William says about Wong. The artwork for Riftworld Legends truly is stunning, and gives the fans more visual insight into the epic fantasy world Alar comes from.
Other artists include Paris Alleyne, Lamin Martin, and Toma Feizo Gas. Paris Alleyne was the colourist for Issues #1 and #2. Lamin Martin created the cover art for Issue #1, and Toma Feizo Gas did the artwork for Issue #2.
It might be a while before season 2 of Riftworld Chronicles is available to watch. Williams and his team are looking to having it made as a TV series. In the meantime, we get to enjoy other stories in the Riftworld universe through the comics. Currently, the comics are available in digital format on Comixology, Amazon, I-tunes, and Kobo. Also, any store in North America that sells comic books should be able to order you a copy.
Riftworld Legends will be available in trade paperback in the fall.
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If you’re a gamer, then keep your eyes peeled for a mobile game set in the Riftworld universe. Reed, a mobile game company in Belgium is creating it.
But if you’re jonesing to see more of Kim and Alar, then check out The Portal, the short film in which inspired the Riftworld Chronicles web series. Kim is a travel agent in the short film, and not a journalist like in the web series. Fun fact that Jonathan Williams mentioned during the interview: Riftworld Chronicles was inspired when Williams thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny to see Gandalf walking down the streets of New York City!?”