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Webcomic / Bardsworth

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Bardsworth is a webcomic about the adventures of Mike Cosley, an Ordinary High-School Student who finds a portal to a fantasy world in his closet. He ends up going to college at the prestigious Bardsworth Academy to learn magic. A fun family-friendly webcomic.

Characters include:

  • Mike Cosley: Having been unpopular at his high school, Mike seeks to start a new life at Bardsworth. Cheerful and silly with a great love of cookies.
  • Fawn: A fairy who befriends Mike. Cheerful and at times temperamental.
  • Kris: Mike's roommate. A serious student and a bit of a loner.
  • Crystal: A laid back and playful elf girl who Mike begins dating.
  • Keira: A hyperactive bard student. She's also Crystal's roommate.
  • Professor Fitzpot Fizzlebottom: A powerful wizard and Bardsworth professor whose house is on the other side of Mike's closet. Takes responsibility for Mike by helping him get into Bardsworth.
  • Francis: Fitzpot's friendly demon butler.
  • Danyel: Crystal's brother, who loves to prank Mike with various embarrassing spells.
  • Tammy: Mike's older sister.
  • Rayner: A former (and estranged) pupil of Fitzpot's, who was cast out of wizard society and who shows a particular interest in Mike.
  • Raven: One of Fawn's sisters, and The Eeyore of the family.

The author is writing a prose version of the story, Bardsworth University. There are two volumes out thus far.

This webcomic contains examples of:

  • Always Chaotic Evil: Demons are implied to be like this, with the obvious exception of Francis.
  • Art Evolution: Lampshaded once, with Mike looking around a now colored world and having the feeling that something is different...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hurting Mike's friends is a good way to incite his fury.
  • Big Eater: Mike can really pack it away. Most often it's cookies, of course, but he'll ask for seconds when it comes to just about anything sweet.
  • Big Sister Instinct:
    • Despite the fact that she torments Mike regularly, Tammy will look out for him.
    • Raven is very protective of her siblings, as well. Do not think you can attack them and get away with it.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Fairies are a female One-Gender Race. When a community wants more members, they do a ritual with some part of nature (usually a young tree) and something like thirty baby fairies result. A species called the Arbori the same way, as do the all-male demons, though their version is implied to be nastier.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mike. Accidentally blowing things up during an exam, getting tackle-hugged by Keira, being stalked by a Grimble... the guy can't catch a break.
  • Creator Cameo: One of the Grimble's enchantments causes Mike to briefly turn into a real life Peter Tarkulich. He's pretty freaked out by it.
  • Cute Kitten: Whiskers, the Cosleys' family cat. Extremely friendly and cuddly, he gets along famously with Fawn and his only real flaw is a tendency to knock down ornaments from the Christmas tree when the family's decorating it.
  • Emotional Powers: Apparently, magic requires strong control over one's emotions.
  • The Eeyore: Raven for the fairy community. Where the other fairies are cheerful, sunny personalities, Raven is gloomy and short-tempered. Turns out that this attitude is due to her having been a Fairy Companion to a human girl once, but then abandoned when the girl fell in love.
  • Fairy Companion: Fawn for Mike; Penelope for Rayner. It's revealed that fairies who latch on to humans might form a "spirit bond" to them, creating a very deep relationship. The bond can be broken, but it's harmful to do so.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: "Danyel Luthor Amethyst, just what do you think you're doing??"
  • Gender Bender: Mike is temporarily inflicted with this (among many other things) after being enchanted by a Grimble.
  • The Glomp: Keira frequently greets people this way, especially Mike. Her little sister Kara does this too.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: After Malcolm blasts Fawn, Mike starts glowing with power, prepared to lay the smackdown on him. Seen here
  • Informed Attribute: Tammy's "tormenting" of Mike is constantly referred to, but hardly ever shown; when she appears in the comic she's more often presented as a caring but aloof big sister who's only looking out for Mike. She does snark quite a bit at him and allude to acts of torment, but seldom if ever follows up on it and usually apologizes if she's gone too far.