Web Comic Namesake Enters Wonderland in its Third Year Online

Alice and Cheshire Cats by Isabelle Melançon

Alice and Cheshire Cats by Isabelle Melançon

If you’re a fan of web comics and graphic novels, and you’re not already aware of the web comic Namesake, then this post is for you!

Created by Isabelle Melançon and Megan Lavey-Heaton, Namesake is a clever, serialized riff on popular tales including The Wizard of Oz, and the Alice books.  We posted when the project went live back in October of 2010, but as Namesake has recently passed its third anniversary (congratulations!), it seemed like a good time to mention it again.  The storytelling makes free with many characters you know and love, along with introducing a boatload of memorable original characters.  I will note that there is occasionally some web comic violence, so it is not for the very young.  (What happens to Edith Liddell is even more unpleasant than what happened to her in real life, as just one example.)

While elements of our favorite tales are everywhere, the storytelling and images are entirely new.  Megan and Isabelle make a formidable (and entertaining) storytelling team. The first couple of years focused primarily on an Oz-themed storyline, with only the occasional teasing reference to the world of Lewis Carroll.  But now we are seeing more of a certain Alice character, and starting to hear about her unique background in this alternate universe.  And yes, there is more than one Cheshire Cat.  To find out why, you’ll need to read Namesake.

Since the story is serialized and somewhat complex over time, I would strongly suggest that if you’re new to Namesake, you should follow the King of Hearts’ advice: Begin at the beginning.  (You can also buy the first part of the story as a published book in their online store, if you prefer.)

To enter the world of Namesake, click me.


New Alice-Themed Web Comic Namesake Launches

Isabelle Melançon, creator of the new web comic Namesake, which has just launched, promises that Lewis Carroll, Alice, and many familiar fairy tale characters figure prominently in the story.  From the web site:

“Namesake is the story of Emma Crewe, a woman who discovers she can visit other worlds. She finds out that these are places she already knows – fantasy and fairy lands made famous through the spoken word, literature and cinema. Her power as a Namesake forces her to act as a protagonist in these familiar stories as she figures out how to get home.  But as she travels, she discovers that those controlling her story have their own selfish goals in mind – and her fate is the key to everyone’s happy ending.  Join Emma, her sister Elaine and their friends as they tumble down the rabbit hole.  If you like, adventure, humor, stories of friendship, fairy tales and fantasy, this is the webcomic for you.”

Click the image on this post to visit the site.  Since the comic will have new content three times a week, if you like what you see, you might want to subscribe to the site’s RSS feed to make sure you see the prologue and all subsequent pages.