Online success set for bookshelf glory



CAWARRAL artist Sarah Ellerton is taking the comic book world by storm ? one publishing deal at a time.

Sarah, 24, has been posting comic series Inverloch on the Internet since last July and is over the moon about scoring a contract with a US publisher.

"I never expected it to happen. It was just a bit of fun.

"I was doubtful when I first got the call because I'd been approached before and nothing had happened. But this time, it was third time lucky.''

Sarah said the publisher would turn her works into a 150page book, which would be printed in colour in May.

"I'm so glad they're going to publish it in colour. That doesn't happen very often with comics.''

Sarah said if the first volume was successful, she would be commissioned to do more.

Not bad for a girl who whips the comics up in her spare time and claims to be self-taught.

Sarah ? a web designer at a Rockhampton multimedia studio ? described Inverloch as a fantasy series in the vein of Lord of the Rings and Narnia.

She said it revolved around a non-human creature Acheron who falls in love with an elf whose friend had disappeared years ago.

Sarah said Acheron vows to help unite the friends. She said the comic was totally created on computer, a medium she had been working on since 1988.

Sarah said she completes about six new pages a week, taking her roughly about four hours per page.

She said Inverloch currently had about 15,000 fans and was topping webcomic popularity polls. Sarah said the book would be distributed in US book chain Borders later this year.

Inverloch can be viewed at www.seraph-inn.com.



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