Author: jacquesworth

Avid book reader. Occasional liveblogger. Lover of cats. Detests cold weather.

Avalon Production Update, 14 August 2017

Your weekly round-up of updates on the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series!

News from Instagram Comments:

  • Re: production and release date: “we are finishing the sales reel now for presentation to the broadcasters. Plan is to start production in fall for summer/ fall 2018 launch” [source]
  • Re: the mages’ clothing: “there will be different outfits designed for the girls depending on where the stories take them” [source]
  • Re: network and website: “we don’t know yet which network will play the episodes. We start meetings in Sept and will keep you posted. We are working on a new website as well.” [source]
  • Re: Be*Tween and series music: “we have B*Tween in a few episode story outlines but we’re not sure what songs will be used yet. We’ll figure it out when we start scripts. For our sales demo, Amy Lee is letting us use one of her songs from Evanescence. How cool is that 🎶!” [source]
  • Re: website and contacting Rachel Roberts: “ya that site needs a complete overhaul. We’re focused on getting the series up and running first. We’ll set up some social for Rachel, twitter or the site or something- which would you prefer?” [source]

Production Art:


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Tangentially Related:

Frequent followers of the Instagram account may have noticed their occasional updates on a series called Battle Dragons. I’ve looked into them and discovered that it’s a repackaging of the Bazil Broketail book series, with each book split into two volumes. Also, if you look through the official site, you’ll find that they used a promo image from Rachel Roberts’ Sky Rider series in the character guide section.

Notes from the Archivist:

  • They better post the sales reel online when it’s complete! Most fans (myself included) have been anticipating a TV or film adaptation of the series for over a decade. I’d love to see if the animation lives up to the production art. I’m a little worried about the choice of music, though. Evanescence will give me flashbacks to high school….
  • Speaking of production art … yay we got our first look at the mages! I’m really digging the designs for Emily, Adriane, and Lyra. Ozzie, Stormbringer, and Kara … not so much.

Jewel Riders Archive Presents: Christmas in July

[Great news, everyone: The Avalon Archive and the Jewel Riders Archive are teaming up to cross-promote major updates on our sites! Now Avalon: Web of Magic fans can learn more about the books’ source material, and vice versa.]

Our friends at the Jewel Riders Archive recently posted some interesting materials earlier this week as part of a “Christmas in July” event: storyboards from the episode “Wizard’s Peak” and detailed pictures of a complete set of Jewel Riders VHS tapes. I highly recommend looking through the storyboards. It’s an interesting behind-the-scenes look at Jewel Riders’ production, and the artwork is great to boot. Be sure to check back later when they have the storyboards synced up with the episode’s audio track!

You can read the Jewel Riders Archive’s full post here.

Case of the Haunted Hearts, Scene 1: Setting the Stage

Wait … “Scene,” not “Chapter”? Why, yes, dear reader, you’ve run into this book’s little writing gimmick: There are little film script flourishes everywhere. So each chapter is labeled “scene”, and most of the little section breaks have stage and/or camera directions. It’s not quite as annoying as I make it out to be, but when I first encountered it I rolled my eyes and went “ugh.”

Anyway, let’s get introduced to some characters, shall we?


Case of the Haunted Hearts: First Impressions

Hey, JW … you were recapping Shadow and Bone! Why are you interrupting your recap of Russian Stuff with a recap of a young adult (emphasis on the “young”) mystery series?

Well, a few years back I may have mentioned in my FAQ that I would recap Rachel Roberts’ post-Avalon: Web of Magic work. And she’s finally released something: Case of the Haunted Hearts, the first book in her Hollywood Detective series.

To be honest, out of all of Rachel’s post-Avalon projects, this was the one I anticipated the least. I didn’t care about some modern day Nancy Drew hanging around Hollywood backlots and solving show-biz mysteries. Give me Avalon: Shadow Warrior already!

While searching for info on the Avalon: Web of Magic animated series a couple of weeks ago, I found out that Case of the Haunted Hearts was released in late May. The only advertisement was this picture of the book’s cover on the Instagram.

Coming Soon To Your Screen!#hollywood#detective#rachelroberts

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YES, THIS IS THE COVER. I thought it was a teaser, but then I checked Goodreads and bought the book and … unfortunately, this is the final cover. Look at that horrendous font treatment! Those colors! That illustration of the protagonist! The only bright spots on this cover are the illustration of a glam rock Phantom of the Opera and Christine, and the series title (which reminds me of the Hollywood Cop movie poster).

What to expect from this recap:

  • Comparisons to Avalon: Web of Magic
  • Movie clips
  • Music videos
  • Complaints about a certain writing gimmick
  • Anchorman references
  • A little too much information on my formative years in LA
  • A bunch of other obscure references because why not

NEXT TIME: Lights! Camera! Character introductions!