Descendant of the Nephilim is the first comic book series that I wrote and illustrated, not that long ago, in my early twenties this series is very much a teenager’s story though; the themes and ideas behind the series, I think started to develop in my head, way back in high school.

Descendant of the Nephilim or DOTN is about a boy who has run away from home or should I say, has been banished from his father’s evil kingdom of supernatural beings.
Will uses his powers to hide in plain sight, performing mistake filled magic acts at a run down theatre, what he really wants to do though is to find a cure to his inhuman abilities and become his own man, the dark powers, of course, are trying to pull Will back into the supernatural world though.

There are some classic themes that run through this series of what we inherit from our parents, our predetermined destiny and how we can break it, but these themes are explored in unusual ways that are inherent to Will’s supernatural powers.
It’s also about the objects and people in our lives, what value they have for us and how death affects our relationship with them.
The art of this series reflects the story; it is mutated, fancifully deformed and intricate.
One central idea behind the art of DOTN was to do away with comic book panels or frames, if you like, to explore the concept of images within images, much like the theme in DOTN of Souls carried within the bodies of others.

How it’s made.
This series has been running for a while now, released in single issues, I have toured up and down Australia’s East Coast, selling comics at various big and small conventions and markets, finding fans of the series and sharing this weird story with them.

Originally, I printed a batch of these single issues myself, on a colour photocopier and when they sold out at my first couple of conventions, I contacted a printer.
Doug at Comic Books on Demand and he has been doing a wonderful job with fast turnaround and exceptional quality prints, so I figured we’d do no better than printing the collected edition with him and his crew.

A lot of the few fans that the series has, expressed interest in and encouraged me to release this collected edition of DOTN, so I ended up really wanting to have a collected edition of the series myself, but obviously also for the fans and all to enjoy as well, it of course this led me to Kickstarter.

Why Kickstarter?
It’s an international pitching platform, where basically if enough people want the book, it will come into being, it also acts as a good reason to promote the series and share the dark and nightmarish story within.
The bonus is, it will not be a long delivery as the entire story and artwork has been completed in the release of the single issues and the consolidation of pages into one single awesome collected edition has already begun.

112 pages
Full Colour
Soft Cover
Standard Comic book Trade paperback size 8 x 10

Launch date
We’ve launched our new web store and that was the last piece of the puzzle, so in the coming weeks, you’ll hear a lot more about the Descendant of the Nephilim Collected Edition Kickstarter, which will be launching Today. and finishing on the 3rd of October.

Thank you for your time.
I loved making this book and I really appreciate your interest and support, it motivates me to make good art and tell good stories that we can all enjoy.
Please share the Kickstarter link below and check out the campaign page and consider backing the book, I hope you enjoy it.

Dan O’Callaghan
Artist at Ardent Comics

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Ardent Comics, Art Prints and Original Art Oh My!

Ardent Comics, Art Prints and Original Art Oh My!

Descendant of the Nephilim, was the first series that I created, it is a dark fantasy series that follows a teenager with supernatural power, who is trying to escape his father’s evil empire.
The Third Hand is the second series that I created, a bold adventure, seeing through the eyes of traumatized time travelers, who are incapable of controlling their powers.

Feral Horizon was the third series that I created, which was actually a co-creation with my beautiful and talented girlfriend, Jessica Gibson, I handled the writing duties and Jessica, the art, it’s an epic animal adventure that follows a pet dog, who is searching for her owner through an apocalyptic earth.

These comic book series are all in vivid full colour with at least 22 pages and a couple of issues released, We have received some much appreciated praise for our books from fans and we’ve been very humbled by their enthusiastic and patient support previously, Although not from critical reviewers, we have received generally good reviews and acclaim for all of our Ardent Comics series, being our first few series though, there is obviously some learning and some development that took place.

Check out the Comic Series page on our website to get a more in-depth look at the series, characters and ideas behind Ardent Comics.

Art Prints –
I have created a series of art prints to celebrate the launch of our new website, these cool characters are showing their true colours in these mixed media coloured prints, emblazoned with creepy quasi-inspiring messages, they’ll make fine editions to your Ardent Collection of memorandum.

Original Art –
I have also included a small collection of the one of a kind, original art pages from Ardent Comics series by myself Dan O’Callaghan.
More original art, including cover art, comics pages or pin-ups, from other creators will be coming soon.

Check out the store and see what takes your fancy.
Dan O’Callaghan
Artist at Ardent Comics

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Welcome to Ardent Comics new website

Welcome to Ardent Comics new website

Welcome to Ardent Comics. Why Ardent?
Ardent – Adjective

  1. having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent: an ardent vow; ardent love.
  2. intensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous: an ardent theatergoer. an ardent student of French history.
  3. vehement; fierce: They were frightened by his ardent, burning eyes.
  4. burning, fiery, or hot: the ardent core of a star.

The creators at Ardent Comics are burning with ideas and stories that we just need to tell. We are young and foolish and we want to tell good stories that matter. Stories that go beyond the banal good vs evil tropes or that of interest in characters conflicts in themselves. At the core of every Ardent Comic, there needs to be a good story, an idea that matters to us, whether it’s personal, universal or both.
Formed in 2014, by myself, writer and illustrator Dan O’Callaghan. I wanted to create a reciprocal for this yearning to tell stories of this sort, hence Ardent comics.
I met illustrator Jessica Gibson in 2015, we went on to create our first collaboration Feral Horizon.
In 2017 and beyond Ardent Comics is not only publishing comic books but will become a publisher of limited edition art prints and premium quality, handmade figurines.
We are very eager to collaborate with more impassioned and story filled creators in the future as well.

Welcome to our new online shop,
I have made Ardent Comics websites before, but they were ill-conceived, amateurship and un-updated sites, that didn’t have a call to action, not a store, news page or even a working email. That all changes now and for the record, the launch of this new website, also signals a change in our release of content, we will be committing to our stories and art, in a way unlike before.
Giving readers a reason to read our Ardent Comics.

Jessica Gibson and I have been working together side by side on this new Ardent Comics Web store, both handling different aspects of coding and creative design.
Whilst making this web store, we really wanted to figure out what our brand is and/or could be and to make this site, the best representation of what the summation of all our comics, art and stories is. What the potential future of Ardent Comics could be.

This News Blog is here to let you guys in on what’s happening at Ardent Comics, whenever one of our new comic books are coming out, if we’ve got a new art print or some other special announcement to make, maybe even some behind the scenes, into the creative process stuff, we’ll write a news post about it here.

We’ve drawn from all of our creative and technical design knowledge, as well as an understanding of the simplicity and easy to use functionality of a streamlined website, to create a web store that is more like a portal into our little Ardent dimension. Making it easier for us to focus on creating good stories and for you to get your hands on Ardent Comics.

A News post is forthcoming that will introduce you to our comic book series that have been released thus far and other Ardent Comics Products, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
We welcome you to contact us through the store email and we greatly appreciate your continued support of Ardent Comics and hope you enjoy the new web store, we’re sure you will.

Dan O’Callaghan
Artist at Ardent Comics

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