Summary

A dangerous curse that even the weavers of fairy tales couldn’t break.

“Thorns” is a Webcomic about a century’s old cursed vagabond prince from another world who’s ending is just the beginning when he meets Isabella, a normal human girl working at a coffee shop. Suddenly she is pulled into the curse and demons that control his life. Will she believe in the truth of fairy tale’s in time to help him? Will it even matter?

Do you think you really know a story? A fairy tale perhaps. This is the modern story of Beauty and the Beast completely re-imagined…forget everything you thought you knew…

“Thorns” is a three-part trilogy story/art by Jessa Sininger.

 

Characters



Maerkis [Maeyeerkis]

A century’s old vagabond prince under a deadly curse. He has spent his life struggling to hide from the demons that hunt him and to find a cure to rid him of his monstrous form. Time has made him extremely cautious and shut off from the world he has come to find himself in now.


















Isabella

A coffee shop girl studying to work in theater. She grew up loving fairy tale’s and myths but suppressed it after loosing her parents at a young age having to face the harsh realities she was thrown into.














 

Creator

       

Although this is Jessa Sininger’s first graphic novel she is no stranger to the media/film business having worked in feature film, television, and gaming. Some of her credits include Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Night at the Museum2, and Gears of War 2. She has always had a pencil in her hand since she was young and sketches at any chance she gets. Having almost gone into writing for a degree she was pushed into being an artist and has been thankful for the nudge feeling that it is her true calling. This graphic novel has given her a chance to combine her love for writing and art. She currently resides in California where she continues to create and nurture her paper cuts with children’s band-aids.


 

Faqs

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Is there an original website for Thorns? Yes, the original site is here Thorns.

When are the updates for Thorns? Every Monday. My original site is always a page ahead of the Smackjeeves site.

What is Thorns? Thorns is a Webcomic of a completely re-imagined story of Beauty and the Beast.

What genre is Thorns/Rating? Supernatural/Romance/Fantasy/Adventure. Thorns is rated PG- 13 for supernatural elements, violence, and minor drug use.

How long will this Webcomic go for? Thorns is a trilogy consisting of three books. Each book ranges from 100-180 pages depending on the story. The titles in order are: A Meeting of the Two, Smoke and Mirrors, and A Prince and a Rose.

How did you come up with this idea? Well it’s no surprise that I have been a fan of original fairy tales and myths all my life. Thorns started out as a simple idea for a series of sketches featuring two very opposite people hanging out at a bookstore together. It escalated from there.

How close is this related to the story Beauty and the Beast? It draws inspiration from the original story of Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont.

What are your inspirations for this story? This story is inspired from the original story of Beauty and the Beast as well as The Portrait of Dorian Gray, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Lord of the Rings, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If you can’t tell already I am a huge literature fan.

What is the NeverAfter? The NeverAfter is another world opposite to our own where all the myths and fables you only imagine exists.

Do we ever see Mog? Time will tell…

Are you ever going to go into detail Maerkis's back story on how he got cursed? Yes, I plan to release a short story on that you can read in the future.

Do you buffer pages? Yes, I am 75 pages ahead of what is released. This is the best method so I can retain the update schedule without having to leave you guys hanging if I can’t get a page done in time.

How long does it take you to do a page? It can range from 4-8 hours with layout, sketching, inking, lettering, and coloring.

How long have you been working on Thorns? About a year and a half now.

Are comics your full time job? No, I work in the Feature Film Industry in Animation. Comics are something I do in my free time.

Did you go to school for comics? I did go to an art school but my main focus was in animation. I never took any comic classes (there were none offered even if I wanted to). I'm self taught on the comic front which is why you see more of an animated look and approach to my comic style.

Do you have any tips for making a Comic? Please visit here where I show my tips and techniques.

May I do Fanart based on your characters? Yes, I enjoy seeing Fanart! Send it to me and I will put it in the Gallery section (please make sure it’s appropriate though-thanks!) I ask that you please credit/link back to me so others can see Thorns as well.

Will you give me any feedback on my project? I keep a very busy schedule with the projects I'm currently involved with. The best thing you can do is to try. However, no promises that I will get to every one. Please don't take it personally either. I barely have a social life as it is.