“Tell me, my demonic friend… would you like the chance to eviscerate dozens — no, hundreds — of weakling humans?” — Duke Benedict
“Sword & Sarcasm”
Medieval fantasy fun with a cartoon edge!
In the first decade of the 2000s, webcomics were making serious inroads into the industry — and artist Chuck Fiala and I decided to try our own hand with one. Sword & Sarcasm launched in March 2008 with twice-a-week strips.
The strip followed Herbert, a half-minotaur/half-cow who’s a mercenary with heart. He also has a curse, forcing him to serve the most annoying person in the world, Duke Benedict. Herbert and Benedict traveled a fantasy world meeting conniving aristocrats, calculating werewolves, smart-aleck ducks, and, eventually, the slinky cat-girl sorceress, Casmerelda.
The strip had readers in the thousands, but I was working on many other projects simultaneously, and eventually Chuck and I cut back to one strip a week. With limited time, it wasn’t really possible to participate in the webcomic community, which is essential for financial success. The last episode, #166, ran on August 8, 2010, and we collected the entire series — a completed storyline — into a digital graphic novel for DriveThruComics.
“They always said I would go to Hell one day, but I thought it would be warmer…” — Duke Benedict
I had met Chuck Fiala through Comics Buyer’s Guide. I’d known of his comics work in the 1980s; he was a regular attendee of the annual CBG picnic, which is where I first suggested a collaboration.
One of the more fun things for me was the map of the characters’ world, which grew and developed as the webcomic went on. It’s in the collected editon.