If you came to the Weird Luck webcomic by way of Andrew’s City of the Watcher trilogy (Weird Luck in the City of the Watcher, Time-Traveling Blues in the City of the Watcher, and Cannibal-King), or by way of the one-shot comic book Weird Luck #0 (featuring the story “Coked Out Demon Worshippers”), you might be wondering, “Where is Akaz?”
In addition to being a central figure in all three books of City of the Watcher, Akaz, the Wolf-God of Chaos and Destruction, is the star and narrator of two of Andrew’s short stories, “I, the Hound” and “Coked Out Demon Worshippers” (published in issues 3 and 4, respectively, of Andrew’s Weird Luck Tales zine).
Akaz is thoroughly entertaining for many of the same reasons that the old Norse gods are so entertaining: he’s tricky, foul-mouthed, gluttonous, gleefully murderous, constantly scheming, disarmingly informal, gruffly down-to-earth, fallible, volatile, unpredictable, untrustworthy, occasionally horrifying, and frequently hilarious. What’s not to like?
When Weird Luck artist Mike Bennewitz first read the then-unpublished manuscript for Weird Luck in the City of the Watcher, he was so taken with the character of Akaz that he hatched a plan to adapt that book into a graphic novel. Then Mike and Andrew decided that before embarking on a project that big, it would be wise to try adapting a shorter Akaz story first. Thus was born Mike’s delightful adaptation of Andrew’s “Coked Out Demon Worshippers” story, which is featured in the one-shot comic book Weird Luck #0.
But before Mike could move on to the gigantic Weird Luck in the City of the Watcher adaptation, Andrew and Nick pulled him into the even more gigantic project of the Weird Luck webcomic. Mike is still threatening to do that City of the Watcher graphic novel someday, though…
So, is Akaz going to be in the Weird Luck webcomic?
Well, probably not a whole lot. Andrew and Nick have no plans for him to become a central character. The world of the Weird Luck Saga is vast and multifaceted, and there are plenty of other characters whose stories need to be told.
But we do all love the Akaz character, so you can expect him to put in at least the occasional appearance, sooner or later – starting with a very brief flashback-type appearance in Chapter Six, “The Warlock Identity” (yeah, we plan these webcomic storylines really far in advance). After all, everything in the Weird Luck Saga is interconnected, and Weird Luck is all about synchronicity and improbable chance encounters…
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