Fascination with the concept of a multiverse and fondness for the whimsical developed naturally in a child raised on a healthy diet of Star Trek, Bill Nye, and Monty Python. The notion that "anything which can happen, does happen" opens up a world of possibility for science fiction and fantasy storytelling.

Ted the Demon is a story steeped in these sensibilities. It's primarily about self discovery, aliens from Earth, romance, and fearing toilets. Also kittens and formidable ladies. All the important things, really.

If you're unfamiliar with the multiverse, in this context, it's the idea that the cause and effect of everyday life ripples outward into an infinite number of divergent realities. In a parallel dimension, perhaps you decided to turn left instead of right on your commute to work. It may change nothing save for a few pebbles getting kicked up by your tires that may not have that day. Or, perhaps a different handful of insects die on your wind-shield than those that did in this reality. Those particular insects don't go on to reproduce the offspring they did in our version of the world, altering the insect population slightly. Maybe something much larger happens, such as involvement in a car accident that leaves you with a permanent injury. Now this version of your self that turned left is markedly different than the self that you know, the one that turned right. This concept spirals outward to include selves that you wouldn't even recognize, and dimensions in which you never even existed to begin with.

Ted's originally from another dimension where humans never even existed to begin with. Now he lives in a version of reality where they do. I echo this sentiment in different words on the character page. That's all you get to know without reading the comic - anything more would constitute spoilers, I suppose.

Ted is written and drawn by some weird-ass hobbit person named Anya Rose Ewing who has survived as a fulltime freelance artist since graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. She enjoys working as a commission artist, but rather fancies the notion of telling some of her own stories. So, here we are then.

All the artwork/visual assets on this site are copyright to that Anya person. The back end of the site was built by the lovely Jon Hogue. I hope you enjoy this thing we made.

Starting out, Ted will update on Thursdays. If you wind up enjoying it and want to see it update more frequently, consider supporting the comic.

Updates!

Thursday, December 10 2015 - Anya Ewing

Friends, Roman, Countrymen, lend me your butts-- er, ears... uhm.

Right, anyway, if it wasn't already apparent over this past month, Ted is currently on an every-other-week update schedule.

I sort of started the comic, went to a couple conventions (Anthrocon to sell art, NYCC to learn and network), acquired a second part-time job (Barista! Galen is, incidentally, also a barista, but I wrote that years before I ever incidentally became a barista myself, so that's amusing), moved, and in the process of all that got behind on my commission workload. The barista job is necessary to survive, as the time working on this comic took away from my commissions, and now I'm getting more hours there which greatly aids in said survival but also renders it impossible to both update this comic weekly and get caught up on said commissions. It's a big messy cycle. Either days needs more hours, or someone needs to eliminate all debt Mr. Robot style and make my student loans disappear. I'll accept either.

So! For now, I've resigned to a slower update schedule for Ted until I clear out my commission art queue. I'm a bit frustrated by this because I want to get to the meat of the story faster, but on the upside, once I put all my owed art behind me, I will feel secure in launching a Patreon for this comic that will someday enable me to make even more than one page each week! That's the plan.

If you're continuing to keep up with this comic, thanks so much for doing so! It means the world to me.


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Wednesday, September 2 2015 - Anya Ewing

Hello beautiful creatures! I hope you are enjoying the story so far. You're finally getting to learn a bit of Ted's backstory, and I've learned... well, so, so many things. Mostly that comics are an extremely time consuming medium, but worth every hour of effort. Through taking my own photo references to work from, and the advice and insight of friends, I've stumbled across an understanding of field of view. Thereafter, I taught myself how to use Sketchup to improve the perspective of my scenery. I've also changed my approach to the coloring style since the opening pages - some colored background lineart, a lot more gradients, less highlights, more relaxed lettering. Digitally I'm still most comfortable with loose painting styles, so everything about this endeavor has been extremely educational, and I'm really glad to be attempting it. If ever you have constructive critique to offer regarding pages as I post them, please don't hesitate to contact me and let me know!

Jon and I have made a few changes to the site. By popular request, clicking on any given page now navigates to the next page. Hopefully this will grant the comic a degree of mobile accessibly the fiddly little "next" button lacked. Additionally, we finally have ads up on the site, courtesy of Google Adsense! I think these are randomly generated based on both the site's content and your personal Google history, but if anything untoward appears, feel free to let us know and we'll see what can be done to filter content. If anything genuinely strikes you interest, feel free to check it out. :)

Thanks for reading, and keeping being rad! (Of course you're rad. If you're reading webcomics, you're clearly super rad. You generate so much rad that you're liable to give folks radiation poisoning.)


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Thursday, June 25 2015 - Anya Ewing

"This must be Thursday," said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. "I never could get the hang of Thursdays."
--Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Welcome to Ted the Demon! This comic is written and drawn by some creature named Anya who, elsewhere on the internet may be known as "Chinny" or "CZGoldEdition". The functionality of this website was developed by my partner, Jon.

I'm posting the chapter one cover art plus the first four pages that follow it all together at launch, since their pacing functions as a unified character introduction, to give you a first impression of Ted. After this, the comic will update one page each week, on Thursdays. Someday in the future it may update more frequently.

This sure is a thing I decided to do. I hope your eyeballs will join me on this Call to Adventure by returning each Thursday. You can also add the comic to your RSS feed by using that third social icon up top, if you so desire.



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