Well here you are, somehow you’ve made your way across this comic and you’re probably wondering just what the heck is going on here. You’re not? Well I’m going to tell you anyways.

When I was first developing Northern Empires, the idea stemmed from this question I had,  “what a fantasy world would look like if it was based off the only area I’m familiar with – the American Midwest?” The idea has evolved since then, but it still has shaped the vast majority of how I view this world.

It’s also what I feel really helps guide me on this strip. Chester isn’t some chosen warrior destined for greatness beyond his understanding, and all that prophecy jib-jab that seems to find it’s way into every fantasy story I see. He’s just a simple boy, in a magnificent world beyond his understanding. That’s something a simple midwestern boy like me can definitely identify with.