• See you at ECCC this weekend!



    I’m sharing the book with all the fine folks above. We are right near the skybridge and the entrance. We will be right near Iron Circus Comics and Fantagraphics. Come buy and grab some books. I’ll be there all weekend except for when I do a signing at the Darkhorse booth or at panels. Here’s my con plan.


    3:00 – 3:45 – Signing at the Darkhorse booth with Yishan Li.

    5:30 – 6:30 – Thoughout the WhedonVerse: 20 Years in the Making (Room TCC 303):

    Dark Horse is thrilled to celebrate 20 years of Buffy and 15 years of Firefly! Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites in the series Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel remain some of the most-talked-about comics in the industry. Join Whedonverse writers Chris Roberson (Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 10 and 11, Angel & Faith), Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years—Glutton for Punishment), and Corinna Bechko (Angel Season 11) for an in-depth look at what it’s like to work on franchises with a cult-like following. WhedonCon’s Marisa Powers will impress fans with her knowledge of the Whedonverse as moderator of the panel!


    12:00 – 1:00pm – Folklore in Comics (Room TCC 303):

    From Baba Yaga to Yokai to King Arthur to the Sluagh, folklore provides fertile ground for modern comics. Join folklorists and comic creators Jim Zub (Wayward), Colin Lorimer (The Hunt), Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon), Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor), and Zack Davisson (Kitaro) to talk about the unique crossroads created when ancient meets modern.

    2:45 – 3:45 – How to Run an Anthology and Not Screw It Up (Room WSCC 604)

    Join Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales), Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler, New World), Taneka Stotts (Beyond, Elements), and Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls) as they go over running various independent comic anthologies. We talk about how we select stories, keep up with artists, and make sure all our i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. This panel will also include information on how these projects were funded and how we market our current and future books.

  • Misfits of Avalon page 24 is up


    Misfits of Avalon page 24 is up.

    Kel has a Patreon! If you’d like to read the comic pages early click here! It also will also get you free sketches, earlier writer notes, and a behind the scenes look of the business side of my comics.

  • Read Sorcery 101 writer notes Chapter 8

    Here is another batch of writer notes on Sorcery 101. If you want to read ahead on these got ahead on these head over to my patreon.

    Chapter 8

    Title page

    This is when the redos stop. Mary’s coloring stops. This is the oldest art still up on the website.

    page 453 – 458

    Big park. I had so much fun drawing it. I don’t usually have time to do big over heads like that.

    Natalie is already quite the little misanthrope. Also, every scene with Rebecca and Natalie just reminds me of how in like early elementary school there was like expected that you would be friends with the kids of your parents friends. I liked drawing Rebecca’s little fight in the background.

    Baymick is very clean because the rules are very strict. If you don’t follow them, you aren’t allowed back in Baymick. Which doesn’t sound harsh but most of the residents live their because they need protection and because it’s free to live there.

    page 459 – 463

    This whole scene is pretty straight forward because Mr. Tamura is. It does give you some hints that Mr. Tamura sees Ally as more than just an employee. He could have given someone else this job or simply not helped them with the money for the kitchen. Also, we get start with Brad’s general dislike/discomfort with Mr. Tamura.

    464 – 465

    This is what Loki and Aaron do when the sun is up and they are awake. Loki understands Spanish, Aaron doesn’t. Seth explains later that vampires can get the thoughts of those they feed off of. So most vampires do know more than one language if they have done any traveling. Originally, I had that demons called Mr. Tamura, Darkfire since he controls black and purple fire and his human alias changes. Later, in the series I dropped that idea to avoid confusion and because it’s dumb.

    466 – 470
    Brad and Danny are not really cut out for these types of missions. They don’t know how to not attract attention or how to make sure their story is straight.

    471 – 476

    We get more backstory on Ally here. Her dad died when she was 6. It was Aaron’s idea to charge Ally’s mom with assault, because he used to be friends with both her and Ally’s dad. I thought maybe I’d make it a comic one day, but it never not completely formed. But I wanted it to always be clear that Aaron isn’t very happy with how things went down, hense him telling Loki to be quiet.

    And to make sure people didn’t forget Seth’s in trouble there is a small hint about it. We now have Mr. Tamura putting a block in their investigation. He is direct about both that and when dealing with Brad hanging back. Mr. Tamura being left handed was an accident. But after realizing I accidentally drew him writing with his left hand, I also realized I hadn’t drawn him writing before this. So the rest of the book he’s left handed. This scene might make people think Mr. Tamura doesn’t like Brad, but he’s actually indifferent to him.

    477 – 478

    This is a close call for Danny. Seth really should have clued him in sooner. Mr. Tamura sure does help the gang a lot for someone who in theory is neutral.

    479 – 482

    Lots of exposition. Loki and Aaron are sleeping together. I thought it was obvious after this scene. Because they live together and Loki getting all cuddly while they talk about the rock and the hard place they are between. There are still some folks I’ve seen try to argue Loki is just touchy cause he hugged Seth. In hind sight Aaron and him should have entwined fingers while during this seen. And I tried to make that last panel vaguely ominous to hint at what happens when our heroes return.

    483 – 485

    Ally clearly takes after her mom. When confronted with mysterious disembodied voices and bars bent by an invisible force she gets ready for a fight. I like the 4 panel bit of the bars getting sorta straightened and then re-bent.

    486 – 490

    And everything now goes to hell. The 6 tiny panels on page 489 was something I was proud of at the time. I wanted the whole thing to be tense during the stand off.

    491 – 492

    Mr. Tamura is once again straight to the point. Ally’s mom kinda became obsessed with revenge and missed out on a lot. I like that sort of angle on a revenge story, which is why I expanded on it in As We Were.

  • Misfits of Avalon page 23 is up


    Misfits of Avalon page 23 is up.

    Kel has a Patreon! If you’d like to read the comic pages early click here! It also will also get you free sketches, earlier writer notes, and a behind the scenes look of the business side of my comics.

  • Misfits of Avalon page 22 is up


    Misfits of Avalon page 22 is up.

    Kel has a Patreon! If you’d like to read the comic pages early click here! It also will also get you free sketches, earlier writer notes, and a behind the scenes look of the business side of my comics.