the World of Ardor


"The Gray House"

Near a moaning, creaking, settling house,
trees lean, trunks twist and turn,
in the cold winds, heralding a douse,
of raindrops so harsh they burn.

Light a fire, warm your soul inside,
sit silent as shadows serenade.
It's the voiceless in whom we confide,
till the sunrise bids them fade.
-Leonarda 10/19/93

As the leaves began to turn colors, two sisters, Leonarda and Olivia, headed out to stay with their grandmother for a few months in the quiet Midwestern town of Saddie, Missouri. Catching up with extended family, settling in to a school that was already halfway through the semester, the two sisters do what they can to flow with the path of life in front of them. Leonarda feels a bit lost, and isolated, unsure of what lies ahead of graduation, while Olivia seems more comfortable in her new surroundings.
 

But things take an unusual turn, when an odd item brings forth a visitor, and a local legend may prove to be more than they expected.

Leonarda "Leo" Carrion - A young photographer and writer who's trying to figure out where her life is heading as her high school years are coming to an end. She holds out hope that maybe the quiet simplicity of the rural town of Saddie, Kansas will give her time to think. Or maybe just die of boredom. She is Olivia's older sister.
Olivia Carrion - Leonarda's younger sister. She is known for her upbeat, tenacious, and forward attitude in all things she experiences. She loves coming out to her grandmother's house, because there's always wildlife, old tractors to take apart, and places to explore! In fact she found her first trilobite fossil in a creek nearby two years ago! She's also excited that this year, she's now in 8th grade!
Paula Garcia - Leonarda and Olivia's grandmother. She leads a quiet life, running a small booth at the local antique mall. She's lived in her current home for the last fifty years, eight of them mostly by herself after the passing of her husband Hernando.  



More character bios coming soon.

 

Issues #0 is the initial early concept/ashcan, Issue #1 is the beginning of the story. Copies will be available next week on my Etsy store and at any show I am tabling at (see my show schedule in my FAQ or Art Shows pages), until the first edition runs out.

"The World of Ardor" began as a video game concept, which if you've seen or bought any of my original art at shows in the last five years, you've seen aspects of what this story has in it. Someday, I hope to return to making this into a game. It's current incarnation is two issues, #0 and #1, which are part of the upcoming Volume 1 graphic novel for this new series.

For anyone that has picked up artwork or any of the issues, I thank you, sincerely!

The first graphic novel will be out in 2023.


 






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