One of John Hill’s fellow wargamers and long-time friends who has been mentioned before on this site, Duke Seifried, has been casted in Chadlea, a new innovative high fantasy transmedia graphic novel series. Graphic novels have been around for a while and with technology advancing as quickly as it, Chaldea offers a new way to enjoy graphic novels, blending stunning illustrations with music, sound, energy and live-action film sequences into one cohesive evocative tale.
Below is a letter written by Uncle Duke which details this journey into the world of fantasy and fiction:
Dear Family and Friends,I may be 80 but somehow things keep happening. This missive will advise you how to see the new movie series called CHALDEA. My tin soldiers and scenics are filling a starring role in this epic that hopefully will become an icon of our love of history and fantasy. They also cast me as the old toymaker – a role that is most appropriate!
I hope you will enjoy seeing my scenics and soldiers – perhaps you will even find my screen performance acceptable and be willing to claim me as your family/friend? In any event, I thought you might find this interesting. Let me hear from you.
They have written five years of CHALDEA and the second episode is in production. My good friend, Peter Adkison is the Director of CHALDEA and one of my major Patrons who are now the owners of Uncle Duke’s Extravaganzas. I am proud to report that my Extravaganzas are spread out all over the spectrum like Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Monaco, Barundi and even America (eight different states) plus a whole bunch more mostly in Europe.
I have just returned from a pair of Hobby Conventions: first HISTORICON (the historical show) at Fredricksburg, VA along with a couple of my gamer buddies who also offered subjects for attendees to play; and then at GENCON (the fantasy show) where I was their Guest of Honor.
Well, in 11 more days I will OFFICIALLY be 80 but in order to avoid culture shock I’ve been admitting to this advanced age when I passed the insurance “six month mark”. I am very fortunate to reach this point considering I am already four years over my “expiration date” per the American Doctors. My thanks must go to my great nurse, Annette, my German Doctor Kiev and the man upstairs.
Here’s wishing all of you my very best for you and your families.
Affectionately or Respectfully, (choose the one you feel is most appropriate)Duke (Uncle Duke) Seifried
Peter Adkison is the owner of the film company, Hostile Work Environment which started producing a fantasy web series called Chaldea. The pilot episode, Chadlea; War Room is now posted online and is free to the world.
Chaldea is a story that will be told in fiction, film, and comics---all digital, online. War Room, specifically, is a hybrid mix of film and comic. We are very excited to see this work online. Enjoy! ~ Peter Adikson
Please feel free to leave comments!
Thanks Steph. I will follow this. “What is the color of an Orc?” Your Dad and I went to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for GENCON 2 I think. John was wandering off somewhere and I was playing a board game of Stalingrad. The guys playing a miniature game at the table next to us were arguing as to “What is the combat factor of an Orc?”. Just a small flashback.
Good to hear from you again. To answer you question, I do not know much about the origin of an orc accept I think they were a mixed breed of tortured soulless elves and humans, a sentient beast if you like. I do not know what color or sequenced combat factor they may have been. I do there are many different characters that players take on the role of during miniature gaming. But as far as your point that it being a flashback from a time in which you and my father attended GENCON 2 in Wisconsin is always a terrific story to share. Thank you again for stopping by. Have a great day!
Great to see an 80 year old still so active and creative. It’s inspiring. Thanks for posting this. Your website is full of interesting stuff.
Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed viewing my website. It is a tribute site to my father who passed away earlier this year. Glad you find everything interesting. Let me know if you have any questions.
It is fantastic to see a man like Duke do this at 80 years old. Love his sense of humor. I have not been too familiar with graphic novels, but this has certainly perked my interest.
Yes, Uncle Duke even though he is 80 is full of energy and is always living life to it’s fullest. He takes excellent care of his health and it shows. I have know about graphic novels for some years now and this new way of reading and experiencing graphic novels is very innovative.
Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful day!
I have always loved fantasy novels and love that this is being brought to life. It is fun to immerse yourself in a totally new world that continually develops as you read. I am looking forward to seeing this come alive and watch, hear and read the story develop! Thanks for introducing me to a new story to enjoy 😉
You are most welcome. The nice thing is that it is free to enjoy. After you are done reviewing it, please come back and share your thoughts on it.