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A Year of Free Comics: CALLA AND THE FOREST GODS is breathtaking fantasy

Calla and the Forest Gods by Wendy Xu is a wonderful illusion webcomic with a beautifully realized world. The story follows Calla, a girl who lives with her grandmother and her younger friend, Hau, in a location that is inspired by the invisible elements of the timbers and the scenery of Yunnan.

Calla and the Forest GodsCalla and Mau

In the first incident of the webcomic, Calla and her attach, a feathered omnivorous hybrid-dragon named Mau, are traveling through the forest when they encounter a large group of spore beings. Soon, Calla has paused to forage some mushrooms.

Calla and the Forest GodsForaging.

The depictions of sprouts and spores in Calla and the Forest Gods are especially happy considering Xu’s interest in fungi, as seen in her illustrated interview with Merlin Sheldrake.

Calla and the Forest GodsThe Voice of the Soil.

Out of interest, Calla follows the spore spirits, and they produce her to a mycelium-filled tunnel. After crawling through it, she encounters the Voice of the Soil.

Clever protective trances.

By the conclusion of the first bout, which was released today, the reader has been given a tantalizing glimpse of the system magic at work in the world of Calla and the Forest Gods, thanks to an assessment performed by the Voice of the Soil that catalogues the protective wards placed on Calla.

Calla, Mau, and a spore atmosphere.

With absolutely breathtaking art- especially when it is necessary to depictions of menu and fantasy- and an emphasis on the quieter, more overlooked elements of fantasy, Calla and the Forest Gods promises to be a remarkable and singular journey.

If you’d like to support Xu immediately, you can donate to her Patreon, which will put you at least one occurrence ahead of the current release schedule on Tapas. And you’ll want to follow her on Twitter has continued to be all the latest updates on her artwork! Plus: you can read about the time The Beat saw her Animal Crossing island, Salt Falls!

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