Sfeer Theory is one of those webcomics that seems to have a small army of dedicated LiveJournal fans…and is completely unknown outside of that world.
It’s a relatively new steampunk fantasy comic, based in an AU Europe, that updates on Fridays. There are two storylines, and the current one (the Uitspan Era) is a prequel of sorts to the upcoming main storyline (the Uitspan Age).
Sfeer Theory is the biography of a semi-immortal wizard named Balzac whose duty is to uphold and guard an empire, by way of a magical version of Atlas. The Uitspan Era addresses the beginning of his livelihood, and the Uitspan Age addresses the possible end of it.
The current storyline begins with Luca Valentino, a lab technician at the famous Uitspan University, where he hopes to study “sfreer theory”. One day, a professor named Tomias (Balzac) stumbles upon him secretly performing a complicated spell…
It’s difficult to explain the form of magic that exists in this world. Magic is really known as “sfeer theory” and magicians are “cyclists”:
The basics of Sfeer Theory are this: all things have a sfeer and in this sfeer all is subject to their will. Whether it be in the mind of a single dreamer or a country as vast as the Warran Empire, if it is within the borders of your sfeer, all things shall come true. So it is that we have come to live in a cyclical world, and a cyclical world becomes a world of revolution. Thus let it be the duty of those with the Will, to make sense of all of this revolution. Within the sfeers of these men and women, all is subject to their will, and a will strong enough may change the fate of nations. They may change time itself. Let them be called cyclists, for all things come round in the end.
The writing and artwork are both quite beautiful in this comic. While it only updates once per week, the weight of each page feels dense and heavy, and there are all sorts of hidden secrets in the panels. It’s almost a puzzle, trying to work out what’s happening at any given point, because the creators reveal so much and so little with each word, each expression. The character art are especially stunning—each individual, no matter how trivial, is designed with extreme love and care.
A hugely flattering write-up/review!
I want to reblog everything Sfeer Theory because it’s so awesome… >\\
I’m excited to say that Walt Disney Studio’s once-shelved animated feature is back on track! Get ready for Frozen, coming November 2013! The story will be an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, and is likely to be told through CG animation. Personally, I would love to see this film traditionally animated, but there’s hope. Nevertheless, the visual development looks promising:
An unidentified model walks down the fashion show runway this weekend with the wedding dress that the manga/anime creator team CLAMPdesigned in the motif of Cardcaptor Sakura. The dress was on display at Tokyo Bridal Festa 2011, which ran at the Tokyo Big Sight event center…
4th Dimension Entertainment (my publisher) is looking for an artist with some graphic design background to do some paid contract work. I figured I’d mention here in case anyone fitting that description is looking for a freelance gig. More info here