Pick of the Week: Aedre’s Firefly

Aedre’s Firefly by Jande Rowe follows the turmoil filled life of Aedre.   She finds her self ridiculed and bullied at home and at school and finally decides that she’s had enough and wants to escape from this world that has treated her so badly and runs away.   One of the things that drew me to Aedre’s Firelfy is the simple fact that it reminds me that comics aren’t just gag a day stuff or even for that nature, they don’t have to make us laugh to be entertaining.   Aedre is one of those stories that a lot of kid’s face, and to see it told in this type of venue really makes it a worthy comic for POTW in my opinion.

The story of Aedre was first brought to us in a series of single panel updates and the blog shared some insight into what was happening in Aedre’s life.  The picking on by her classmates, the way she finally brought her anger and frustration out at school after enduring what she had at home and at school for only so long.

Aedre Drops The Ball Yes and is she embarrassed. It was a high fly ball coming right out of the sun too. It could have happened to anyone. But she takes it to heart.

 Jande is a self taught artist having loved drawing and creating from way back as a child. Jande started painting abstracts and landscapes and continued to grow her passion for creating art in every medium she could find. After some convincing she finally stepped into the world of creating cartoons.

Aedre’s Firely was first about a little boy, but as the story developed and grew the path led to the character being a little girl, and the story sort of fed itself and continued growing to what it is today, a Long Form Webcomic.  Not only is Jande a great artist and story teller but she is an avid Webcomic promoter and does what she can to spread the word about new artists, webcomics, and the ever growing popularity of Long Form Webcomics (#LFWC).

Aedre’s Firely does not baby step around the realistic feelings of abandonment that Aedre is feeling and her reactions to her environment.   It approaches her thoughts of suicide, abandonment, hatred head on.   Being a Long Form Webcomic allows for the story to unfold before our eyes and gives us a chance to relate to the character and long for a better future for her.

The restrictions of life are still there for her, which is really cool to see in a webcomic.  She has to eat, sleep, stay warm, and feel loved.  We get to see a character that is affected emotionally by her environment as well as physically.  It’s easy to get used to the idea of comics being funny and not constrained by realistic aspects, then a comic such as Aedre’s Firefly comes along and shows us that comics can show us realism and life lessons as well.

We meet up with Aedre in a moment in her life where the ability to feel loved is lacking and she feels alone and decides to remove herself from the world around her by running away and yet still fears going back.  We find her in the elements alone, tired, and hungry.  This causes you to become attached to the character visualizing her as being affected by the same things in life that we are.

Soon Aedre’s new place of refuge and safety is disturbed when the resident of the cabin returns finding her there. The initial responses of the life she has lived come to the surface and she fears this is another person that will just turn on her and make her feel the way others have made her feel.

The cabin owner is now faced with a bigger surprise as Aedre begins to open up and he soon realizes how emotionally damaged this little girl is. Will this be the person that helps to inspire new hope in Aedre? Will she be able to find a glimpse of happiness in the world of darkness that has enveloped her emotionally? You have to tune in to find out more, so come check out Aedre’s Firefly.

Website: www.e-orbits.com

Follow Jande Rowe on Twitter: @eO_Jande

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  1. Jande is also a great Tweep – Always willing to get engaged on Twitter and chat back & forth. Super supportive & just all around a lovely individual! Very cool to see Aedre’s Firefly here!

    • Robin, thank you so much for your kind words, and for being an inspiration to me as well. This whole thing is making me blush like a beet, but with a squirmy kind of pleasure! <3

      I also have loved LeyLines for a long time. Though I'm often too shy to comment on the sites of artists who are so consistently beautiful in their art as well as their story-telling, as you are.

  2. You have found a real treasure here in Jande’s wonderful strip. I’m awed by the sheer emotional impact she brings to every line of her work, she plays the heartstrings like a musical instrument. If you want to see for yourself how a webcomic can transcend mere 0s and 1s, read this strip. Savor it. Jande mixes her ingredients delicately, with the right blend of art and story that will leave you satisfied and wanting just a bit more. Congratulations, Jande!

    • Thank you, Mark!

      I feel must be doing something right with Aedre’s Firefly to have attracted the interest and good wishes of not only amazing artists like yourself and Robin, George Ford (Addanac City), Caz (Callous Comics), and Scott (Madbury)among others, but it seems all my readers are people with enormous great hearts. You, Mark, are one of the best.

      People like you, and Robin, and Todd, who allow us to share your vulnerable moments as well as your triumphs, who constantly build others up, and have a kind word for the struggling ones, are in my opinion the very best this world can offer. I’m deeply honoured to have had the chance to get to know you and your works. <3

  3. I’ve known for a long time that Jande is a fabulous storyteller and artist. It’s one of those things you come to know about a person when you have entered into that state known as madly-in-love with them. As Jande likes to say “Love is a word far too small to hold its own meaning.” It’s that kind of love that Jande puts into all her art, and it shines through in Aedre’s Firefly.

    It’s a real delight to see Jande’s work recognized here by her fellow artists. Who better to know the true passion when they see it? Lovely write-up Todd.

    • Thank You Malveka. Aedre’s Firefly is one of those special webcomics out there that break the mold of what is thought of with webcomics. Most people instantly think of a Alley Oop or Garfield when they hear the word comic and don’t realize that there are some very thought provoking ones out there as well. Jande does a wonderful job of tackling the issue of verbal and emotional abuse and how it affects children. It’s great to see these types of comics being made and it was my honor to promote one such series.

    • Dear Mal. How very kind of you to say such squirmy-blushy things about me, and publicly, too. Remember when I used to embarrass you by kissing you in public places? Yes. That’s the feeling. :`D

      One of my greatest wishes in this life is that I could write nearly as well as you do!(or at least on quarter as well as Terry Pratchett!) Then I would only have to do the most fun part in publishing Aedre’s Firefly! Not to say that the writing isn’t satisfying because it IS deeply satisfying –in a hair-pulling, head-banging kind of way. But I expect it’s like that for most writers.

      Thank you, darling Mal! For being madly-in-love with me, as I am with you. (and now people are going to say “Get a room, you two!”) lol

  4. Todd, thank you so very much for this honour. When I’m working on Aedre’s Firefly, it is kind of like working inside a storm inside a vacuum. That is it’s exciting and fun but also constrained by not really knowing if the “truth” of the story is getting across since I’m unable to see it from outside the story.Your wonderful and insightful precise of Aedre’s Firefly tells me it is indeed getting across.

    Your comments on every update, and those of the others who take some of their valuable time to comment there, have helped me to keep going telling Aedre’s story, and more have validated my reasons (if reason was ever a part of it) for publishing it in the first place. Thank you for that. And thank you for this.

    I never for a moment expected this –especially since I associate the POTDs here with the funny webcomics. :`D And I’m quite moved by the delicacy with which you’ve handled it. Thank you for that, too. You are a kind and good soul, Todd. <3

    • Jande, thank you for your dedication to this webcomic series and bringing this type of thought provoking strip to the readers. I have always imagined comics fitting into the realm of fiction and approached them with either humor or excitement that is not met with the same boundaries as real life. Yours is one of the first comics I came upon that tackles things that affect us daily, and I’m glad to know that there are webcomics like this out there. These can be both eye opening for folks who have not experienced this type of treatment first hand as well as therapeutic for those that have.

      It was my pleasure to share Aedre as POTW to help others learn of your comic and these types of comics in general. The LFWC group is really growing with autobiographical and realistic story telling. I hope this helps others to discover yours and these other types of online comics.

  5. If ever a comic was to capture and tug on your emotional heartstrings, its this one! Jande has an ability to tell a story of a complex young lady in a way that has you genuinely caring about each and every moment that is shared with you.

    It’s hard to write something and get people invested in a character you create, but Aedre, Aedre will have you watching and reading like a protective parent each and every time something new comes your way!

    …and I’m not kid friendly for the most part! [smirk]

    • Scott, thank you for your kind words. So good to hear that Aedre, who in many ways is worse off than any orphan out there, has readers that are “watching and reading like a protective parent”. To me this is a wonderful thing that underscores for me the fact that everyone always has a spot decency in their hearts.

      Especially coming from hardened “Get-off-my-lawn” codgers like you. lol

      Thank you, Scott! <3

  6. How did I miss this. Congrats to Jande. One of the hardest working and most supportive creators out there.

    I don’t do long form comics as a rule because of my built in impatience but it is the thoughts behind each strip that Jande offers that keeps me hanging on.

  7. Todd, I just discovered this great write-up. I am always worried about revealing spoilers in my reviews, but your synopsis about the story so far and what makes it engaging is, I think, a great intro to Aedre’s Firefly for new readers. This is definitely one of the webcomics where I have enjoyed seeing the growth and experimentation.

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