It’s Tuesday (and my birthday) which means it’s time for Crossroads Comics!
This week on Crossroads Comics, since it’s my birthday, I figured we’d take a look at one of the comics that I work on, Lucky’s Travels. And yes this will be an article entirely dedicated to complimenting myself, deal with it. Lucky’s Travels is a comic that I’ve been working on in various forms for almost a decade now and it’s finally reached a form that I’m proud of in its latest iteration.
So what is Lucky’s Travels? Well it’s a Pokémon Mystery Dungeon gijinka comic! These were all the rage back in the day when I was first inspired to do this, and while you don’t see them as much nowadays, it’s still something I wear as a bit of a badge of honor. It follows Lucky and Isaiah, shiny eevee and bayleef gijinkas respectively. They’re a couple of explorers who work to categorize dungeons and rescue clients where needed. However, problems have started to arise as dungeons seem to be changing, going against prior established classifications and causing problems for guild workers who navigate them. Said to be a sign of the apocalypse, Lucky and his friends are determined to figure out how all the pieces are connected and stop whatever it is that is terrorizing Phaydin. But what they uncover is a story and a universe far greater than they could have ever imagined.
Lucky’s Travels is still a fairly fledgling comic, not even completed its first chapter yet. The art style is a tad inconsistent due to my working on pages whenever I can so some of the oldest pages are actually more than two years old at this point. But you can see rapid improvement throughout these early pages as a stylistic consistency is somewhat reached by the most recent pages. Due to the fact that this comic is so early on though, there isn’t too much to talk about without delving into spoilers. But, there are two things that I can highlight while we’re here about what makes Lucky’s Travels unique from other comics.
First, Lucky’s Travels places a very large emphasis on the nature of Mystery Dungeons. Other PMD comics touch on them for worldbuilding purposes but for the most part dungeons are more of a backdrop than anything else. That’s why I’ve strived to make Lucky’s Travels different. We’ve seen glimpses of it so far, but dungeons in Lucky’s Travels can fall into one of five categories: Pestilence, Famine, War, Death, and Conquest. Each dungeon comes with their own hazards and levels of lethality. This classification system acts as one of the main plot points in the story and it’s something that I think, once we delve into it more, will really make Lucky’s Travels one of the more unique stories out there.
Secondly, Lucky’s Travels in itself is a fairly well known story due to its cameo history. Since 2013, the titular characters, Lucky and Isaiah, have been seen in cameos all over the place. From PMD comics to ask blogs to nuzlockes, these boys appear in just about everything. It’s become a bit of a “Where’s Waldo” game for fans that are aware of the joke and has even garnered the duo someone fan recognition. All in all it’s a fun little game that lots of folks participate in, and you can see all the most recent cameos here.
In addition, here’s a few of my favorites:
So if you’re interested in checking out Lucky’s Travels, you can find it on ComicFury, Tumblr, Deviantart, and Pokémon Crossroads. You can also find links to all of these sites on the Radiant Guild. You can also support the artist by checking out their social media, all of which you can find links to here, or by supporting them on Patreon or Ko-Fi.
In the mean time, let’s check out the rest of this week’s line up!
PMD: Chanterelle Interesting backstory so far.
PMD: Explorers of Life Regirock did in fact spill the beans.
PMD: Wildfire Nice to meet you, Koda!
The Shaymin Café Sometimes you just need a hug to get through the day.
Shinka: The Last Eevee Come on, Nick! Fight back!
CMYK Okay but what if it’s not?
Dear Sergio Run, Sergio, run!!
Kilroy That’s definitely not good.
Mirrored Image Where’s Skylar??
Pokémon Abridgestery Dungeon Surprisingly deep reason for wanting the Gold Scarf.
Pokémon Light Warrior Spooky!
PMD: Adventures In Viraska Well that can’t be good.
PMD: Team Rowanberry Aww how wholesome!
Autumn in Sinnoh Just… wilds?
Deadly Syns What a weird blue Pidgey.
EleMen and Women The search for the ball continues!
Explorers of Shadows The battle is finally won!
Fault Line Well at least they know where they’re headed in the end.
Necromatic I don’t know if I agree with that line of reasoning.
PMD: Keepers of Light Let the battle begin!
PMD: Turncoats The prodigal son returns home.
Undertow Look at them go!
Ask the Traveller Cake is always good when faced with judgement.
Asterion Sirius isn’t the brightest star in the sky.
Cursed Princess Club King say what now???
Daughter of the Lilies That is one intense storm!
Flake and Rudy Gotta knead and get this bread!!
Tales from Kirkland Seems this is better left unsaid.
Team Next-Gen Good thing they’re there to protect innocent people!
The Glass Scientists The return of Jekyll!