by Nicholas Killewald


About: The Comic Itself

(What this is and why you're here)


The Dementia of Magic, you say? It's a comedic medieval webcomic that takes place in a universe created by a computer geek who's never read a page of Tolkien or played a round of D&D in his life. It primarily follows the lives of Matthew and Alexandria, two siblings who live in the Landis Kingdom in some sort of pseudo-medieval quasi-European magic fantasy world.

The comic is meant to be read from the beginning. It's considerably serial, that is, plot-based and dependent on previous plots to advance the story. So you've gotta start from scratch and try to keep track of things. Sorry.

I honestly can't remember. I think it was supposed to be a pun. I really should've written that down.

Eventually. It'll get back to MWF updates at some point.

Yes, I know it's seemed like "weekly" for quite some time. Sorry about that. I do other things in my life, too (some of which are necessary for monetary gain), and sometimes the DoM has to take a back seat. Not counting times when I'm stuck trying to figure out how to draw a scene properly.

Because I'm a computer geek masquerading as a webcomic artist?

The entire body of the comic is, realistically, my first attempt at drawing much of anything on a regular basis. You've gotta start somewhere, and that somewhere won't be perfection. But, I'm improving. I mean, just compare the first chapter with the latest one.

No, he's usually worse.

...no, seriously, Phil has really zero input to the comic whatsoever (except for the Cute and Single joke, that was a quote of his in the old forums). He doesn't even read the thing.

Well, I'm the artist. I live outside the fourth wall.

Actually, I'll never BREAK the fourth wall, per se. The characters in the comic (Matt, Alex, etc) cannot interact with the characters behind wall #4 (myself, my brother, etc), and vice versa, besides me directly drawing the comic. So, technically, the fourth wall isn't BROKEN, the camera's simply changing perspective. So there.

I'd like to. I really would. But I don't want to make it a simple text page. I'd want to draw up complete comic pages (similar to the intro pages to Chapter Two) and do it that way. It'd just feel more natural. But that'd take time.

Worse, I'm not sure what I'd need to cover to make people not feel completely lost when they pick the strip up. The comic is EXTREMELY plot-dependent and I'll be making numerous references to the past as I go along. When I do, I'll probably stick in pointers to lead back to referenced plots, but I want to make people as comfortable as possible without having to reiterate the entire plot. I'm not sure how exactly to go about that.

But, I'll work on it. I understand it can be confusing if you haven't read the entire archives yet. And I understand that the art and font in the original strips are painful to look at.

In the meantime, during Break Time #3, Laura Taylor helped write a really quite good quick summary of the first three chapters. That'll help a bit, at least.

Good news! There's a couple out now! Chapters Two and Three, to be exact, with more on the way!


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