Sixty years ago, the Forest Goddess "disappeared" and since then the Elders of August's village require lineage to define your profession. For August, he is being trained to be a hunter, just like his ancestors. Unfortunately, August sucks at what he does. After being killed trying to save one of his hunting companions, August is revived by the shapeshifting Forest Goddess, Elu. As a result, August has strange powers that allow him to speak magical languages, bend plants to his will, and feel every Hunter-caused death in the forest. He is determined to stop these powers and the only way to do this is to convince the Hunters to stop going into the forest. When tragedy strikes the village on a massive scale, August is cast out into the forest to appease it. Together, Elu and August seek to restore balance to the forest and the village.
My friend and I were talking about steampunk fairytale retellings and Beauty and the Beast came up. I have ideas for plenty more, but Beauty and the Beast stuck with me. I wondered what would happen if I switched the genders. We often see Beauty as a woman and the Beast as a male, but what if it was the other way around? Who would really be the "Beauty" and who would be the "Beast" in this case? The story became something more than I was ever expecting. This is the first in a potential series of fairytale retellings with a little steampunk influence and a unique twist.
My name is Najela. I’ve always liked to write and now I'm pursuing writing as an extension of my professional career. Beyond Beauty is my first (but definitely not last) foray into the world of webcomics.
My name's Crystal Jayme, but everyone knows me as Scotty. I've been self publishing comics since I was 16. My works span numerous genres and I hope to work professionaly in the comic industry someday!