My name is Daniel Merlin Goodbrey and everything you see here is my fault. I’m a comic creator and new media lecturer based out of Welwyn Garden City, England. E-merl.com is where I catalogue my experiments in fiction and the comics form. If that all sounds a little dry, don’t worry – I’m sure something horribly violent and amusing will happen if you stick around long enough.
The Empty Kingdom – 8/12/2014
Your kingdom lies empty before you; all your subjects fled; all their stories told. And yet you take up your sword. And yet you don your crown. Who will you fight when there is no one to fight? Who will you love when there is no one to love? The world ends at midnight. All hail The King.
Dice With The Universe – 18/02/2012 onwards
Dice With The Universe is E-merl’s new webcomic serial, appearing live on the web every Tuesday and Friday. The series charts the adventures of reluctant heroine Beatrice Dice as each week her fate is determined by the roll of a dice. Just what does the Universe have in store for Beatrice? Tune in every Tuesday with your dice at the ready in order to find out.
MASIVO – 30/07/2012 to 6/12/2013
Citizens of Beta City beware, for MASIVO has come and destruction shall surely follow in his wake. Surely! MASIVO originally ran twice-weekly at E-merl, but now you can read the whole science fiction saga in one atomic-flame-drenched sitting.
Icarus Needs – 10/07/2013
At long last it’s the return of everyone’s favourite mentally unhinged cartoonist, Icarus Creeps. This time out Icarus has fallen asleep playing videogames and become trapped inside a surreal dream world that’s part videogame and part comic strip. Can you get Icarus everything he needs before it’s too late?
Unfrequently Asked Questions
Q. What was you name again?
A. Daniel Merlin Goodbrey
Q. Is that your real name?
Q. You’re not just making that ‘Merlin’ bit up are you?
A. Nope. It’s inherited from my great-grandfather or some such. And I was born on Halloween, so I guess my folks figured it would be a good fit.
Q. What’s this site all about then?
A. It’s a place for me to tell my stories and show off my work. That’s it really.
Q. Do you make a living from doing this sort of stuff?
A. Much to my surprise, yes. I’m currently employed by The University of Hertfordshire as a part time lecturer in narrative and interaction design. The rest of the time I split between creating comics and working towards my doctorate in experimental digital comics.
Q. So you’re available for hire?
A. Most definitely. Anyone interested should check out the Consulting page and drop me an e-mail to merlin (at) e-merl.com.
Q. Where are you based anyway?
A. I live in Welwyn Garden City, just a little bit above London.
Q. Been there long?
A. For a few years now. I’m originally from Suffolk but I moved to
Hertfordshire for my degree and then decided to stay on once I was done.
I lived in St Albans for nine years before making the move to
Q. You’ve got a degree?
A. I’m the proud owner of a first class honours degree in Software Systems for the Arts and Media and a distinction level master’s degree in the Digital Practices of Hyperfiction.
Q. Wow, that was a modest answer.
A. Is that sarcasm I’m detecting?
Q. I shouldn’t think so.
A. You’re just a voice in my head, you know. You can easily be replaced.
Q. Ahem. So, anyway, how long has E-merl.com been going?
A. E-merl.com has been around since 2000. Before E-merl there was Triple Distilled and before that there was Merl-Net. The design and focus of the site has really changed a lot over the years – the current version of E-merl is the eight major redesign since I purchased the domain.
Q. So maybe it’s passed time to write a new FAQ rather than just repeatedly re-editing this conversation?
A. Clearly if I thought that I wouldn’t be typing this response.
Q. Good point.
Q. Sorry. It’s just, um, I’ve kind of run out of things to ask.
A. Fair enough. Fancy going for a drink then?
A. You can get the first round in.
Q. But I’m just a voice in your head.
A. We’ll explain that to the barman.
Q. You think he’ll understand?
A. If he knows what’s good for him.
Before I started a proper blog I kept an irregularly updating news page. Interested parties (probably just me to be honest) can read an archive of that material here. Real E-merl news complete-ists may also want to check out Brain Fist as each episode of the strip was accompanied by a weekly news post during its two year run.