Wayfinders: Off Course Part 1 review

Wayfinders: Off Course

Web comic from SnackBag Studios

The SnackBag Studios team are Cecilie “Q” Maintz Thorsen, writer and artist. Heidi Holmeå, artist and designer and Line Ziggie Bechman on flats.

Read on Tapas (https://tapas.io/series/WayfindersOffCourse) Webtoons (https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/wayfinders-off-course/list?title_no=375371)

Funding on KS now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/snackbagstudios/wayfinders-off-course/description

Something different to normal

Thank you to Heather for introducing me to this wonderful little web comic. This was so much fun and I cannot wait for Part 2 to begin! The team are currently on hiatus while they prepare their Kickstarter campaign and turn Part 1 into an actual book, so this is a great time to start and catch up before Part 2 begins. 

I will be honest and say that I’m not a big comics reader. However, when the opportunity came up to review some indie comics for The Valkyries, I jumped at the chance and was introduced to Wayfinders. After reading the snippet Heather provided (which ended on quite the cliffhanger!), l immediately went off in search for the rest and I was hooked.

What’s it about?

Wayfinders: Off Course is a D & D inspired comic, in which the 3 main characters are shipwrecked and have to find their way back home, while trying to understand the mysterious origins of a mysterious compass. The three characters, Lani, Sallly and Andrée are fantastic. Sallly, despite her impulsiveness, is a really fun sweet character and her impulsive nature is actually quite endearing. Andrée and Lani, on the other hand, are more reserved and they have an air of mystery to them. I’m hoping some of their secrets are uncovered in Part 2, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see! I’m excited to see how the characters develop in Part 2 and how they face their next set of trials. 

There are also a number of NPCs that make an appearance and the interactions between the 3 main characters and the NPCs are really fun – I loved watching Sallly meet new people and just her way of dealing with new things.

So many things to love 

For me, there was a lot to love with this comic. I loved the creativity. The world-building and the story kept me on tenterhooks and wanting to read more. I also loved the artwork – the colours and the art are gorgeous. It sucks you in and it really complements the world building. One thing that enhanced my reading of this was reading this on Tapas – the team provided some really interesting behind the scenes features on character and art development. It’s amazing to see the early concept art and see how much it changed throughout the course of producing the comic. Another fun behind the scenes feature are the Q&A sessions with the characters – it’s a neat way of developing the characters without taking away from the main story.

Wholesome and joyful

I often say that a book or film or TV show finds you at the right time and Wayfinders was definitely that comic for me. It is delightfully wholesome and a joy to read from start to finish. I loved so many things about Wayfinders and if you’re after something light hearted and full of adventure, this is the comic for you.

Go back them today on KS (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/snackbagstudios/wayfinders-off-course/description)

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