Local author Wil Radcliffe, who writes young adult fantasy, gains much of his inspiration from his own experiences growing up in northeast Indiana. The scenic forests, lakes and farmland are ingrained into his writing and his own background as an Indiana boy who came up in the midst of our rural surroundings.
He is a graduate of Ball State University’s Telecommunications Department and earned the David Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship based on a script and storyboards featuring his original character, the mad goblin scholar Bugbear.
Like many authors who dream of selling a Danielle Steel-like 800 million books, Radcliffe supplements his income with his day job as the creative specialist at Three Rivers Archery, the world’s largest traditional archery supplier. That vocation has worked out well, as he has incorporated archery into his books. It has also enabled him to establish tie-ins with the development of a line of Noggle Stones youth archery products.
An avid fan of comic books, Radcliffe decided to create a hybrid superhero character for his breakout novel, Noggle Stones. Instead of a bombastic entity with a chiseled physique and endowed with superpowers, he created the lovable goblin Bugbear. Bugbear is short and unimposing, and instead of using brute force, spider webs, flying or lightning bolts, this character utilizes his intellect as his secret weapon.
As happens with many artists, plots and characters develop over a long period of time before they’re actually shared with an audience. Radcliffe says that Bugbear was a product of his imagination from his days as a junior high student in Fremont. Over time, Bugbear and his sub-characters evolved from their original conception into more mainstream series-worthy personalities. Influenced by popular adult fantasy authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and T.H. White, Radcliffe honed his craft at writing in his genre and also drew for the suspense and drama elements from television shows like Doctor Who, Dark Shadows and The Night Stalker. He also credits Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Monty Python for influencing the humorous aspects of his writing. The books are set in the 1800s, and Radcliffe developed an affinity for that time period as a result of reading about infamous frontier bandit Silas Doty.
Radcliffe’s writings are well thought out, and he has a structured format that carries the plot. “Unity is an important theme in Noggle Stones,” Radcliffe says. “The characters must put aside their differences and learn to work together in order to defeat an ancient, ominous threat which has been reawakened by the uniting of the two worlds. Alliances, apprenticeships and friendships all play an important part in the advancement of the plot as well as the development of the characters.”
Young adult fantasy readers like to identify with the characters by seeing them as well as reading about them, making illustrations an important aspect of the finished product. Originally, Radcliffe shaped the characters by drawing them himself. After deciding to get serious and put out a more professional offering, he made the decision to use professional illustrators. One of the most recognizable contributing artists is Ernie Colo, the primary artist on the Richie Rich comic books for several years.
Noggle Stones Book I – The Goblin’s Apprentice has spawned a sequel, Noggle Stones – The Tragic Empire. As the series celebrates its 10th anniversary, there are both the Noggle Stones Role Playing Game and the Noggle Stones Card Game to add to the fun. The role playing game puts the players in the roles of either mysterious creatures of myth and legend or humble folk of turn-of-the-century America. The Noggle Stones Role Playing Game is available in print and digital download. The Noggle Stones Card Game is a two-player game that pits the Hero Characters against the Shadow Characters in a fun, fast-paced format. You will enjoy the endearing characters Bugbear, Manchester, Maga, Riley and Tudmire as you take a step back in time with the fantastical Noggle Stones Books, Games and licensed Noggle Stones Archery line compliments of our own Fremont, Indiana author, Wil Radcliffe.
Noggle Stones books and games are all available at www.Nogglestones.com, game retailers, comic book stores and, of course, Amazon.
by Patrick Boylen
Friday, October 28, 2016
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Columbia City Haunted Jail — Haunted tours of the jail where Charles Butler was hung, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29; 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Oct. 30-31; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Columbia City Haunted Jail, Columbia City, $13-$20, www.columbiacityhauntedjail.com
Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages — Showing of 1929 silent film that explores the history of witchcraft, demonology and satanism with live score performed by members of Lost Lakes, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, Cinema Center, Fort Wayne, $10-$15, 426-3456
Hysterium — Haunted asylum; formerly the Haunted Cave, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29; 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Oct. 30-31, 4410 Arden Dr., Fort Wayne, $13, $5 tool shed escape, www.facebook.com/hysteriumftwayne
Martin Guitar Event — Meet and greet with Chris Martin, CEO of C.F. Martin Guitar Co., hands on demonstrations, performance by Craig Thatcher and more, 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, free, 432-8176
Chris Young w/Dan + Shay, Casadee Pope — Country at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., $41-$57, 483-1111
Dan Smyth — Acoustic at Chapman's Brewing, Columbia City, 6-9 p.m., no cover, 244-6252
Expanding Man — Variety at Don Hall's Guesthouse, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 489-2524
Gregg Bender and Friends — Variety at The Venice Restaurant, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 482-1618
Gunslinger — Country rock at Fat Boyz, Ligonier, 9 p.m., no cover, 894-4640
He Said She Said — Country rock at The Post, Pierceton, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., cover, 574-594-3010
Joe Stabelli — Jazz at Don Hall's Gas House, Fort Wayne, 5:45-9 p.m., no cover, 426-3411
Loudmouth Soup — Rock at Dupont Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., cover, 483-1311
Mojo Rising — Classic rock at 4D's Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover, 490-6488
Pat and Faye — Variety at Rack & Helen's, New Haven, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover, 749-5396
PrimeTime — Variety at Don Hall's Guesthouse, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 489-2524
Renz Brothers Quartet — Swing/favorites at Club Soda, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 426-3442
Rogues and Bandits — Rock at O'Sullivan's Italian Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover, 422-5896
Swimming Into View — Variety at Deer Park Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 432-8966
Todd Harrold & Nick Bobay — R&B/blues at Duesy's Sports Bar, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 484-0411
Unlikely Alibi — Funk at Brass Rail, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., cover, 267-5303
Club Paradise — DJ, 9:30 p.m.
Piggy's — DJ, 10 p.m.
Piggy's — Karaoke w/DJ Shaun Marcus, 7 p.m.
4 Crowns — Sidecar Gary's Karaoke & DJ, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. , no cover
Meteor Bar & Grill — Classic City Karaoke, 9 p.m.
DW Bar & Grill — Karaoke w/DJ Chuck, 10 p.m.
Portside Pizza — Karaoke w/Ambient Noise Ent., 9 p.m.
6 Mile Bar — Shooting Star Productions w/Nacho, 9 p.m.
Chevvy's — American Idol Karaoke w/TJ, 10 p.m.
Columbia Street West — Dance Party w/DJ Rich, 10:30 p.m. , cover
Crazy Pinz — Karaoke, 9-11 p.m. , no cover
Early Bird's Ultra Lounge — House DJ, 9 p.m.
Flashback on the Landing — House DJ, 9 p.m.
Hook & Ladder — Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu, 9 p.m.
Peanuts — DJ Beach, 10 p.m.
Pine Valley Bar & Grill — Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.
Rum Runners — DJ dance party, 8:30 p.m.
Steel Mill — Shooting Star Prod. w/Barbie, 10 p.m.
The Green Frog Inn — SureShot Karaoke w/David, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. , no cover
Tower Bar & Grill — Bucca Karaoke w/Ashley, 10 p.m.
Wrigley Field Bar & Grill — Live DJ, 10 p.m. , no cover
Hamilton House — Karaoke, 9 p.m. , no cover
Sit n' Bull — Classic City Karaoke, 9 p.m.
JR's Pub — American Idol Karaoke w/Scott, 9 p.m.
101 Pub & Grub — Shotgun Prod. Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Tap Haus — American Idol Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Musical comprised on Fats Waller classics, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6; 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne, $12-$20, 426-7421 ext. 121
Coriolanus — Shakespearemachine’s production of one of Shakespeare’s last tragedies, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29, PHP ArtsLab, Auer Center for Arts & Culture, Fort Wayne, $10-$15 thru artstix.org
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Alma Hoffman — Works in various mediums, Friday-Sunday thru Nov. 22, Garrett Museum of Art, Garrett, 704-5400
Artlink’s Figure Drawers — Figure drawings and sketches from Arlink’s figure drawing class students, Tuesday-Sunday thru Nov. 30 , Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Austin Cartwright and Eric Carlson — Drawings and clay sculptures, Tuesday-Saturday thru Nov. 5, Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Corrugated — Invitational exhibit of pieces of artwork created from corrugated material; in collaboration with Kelly Box and the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Art, Tuesday-Sunday thru Nov. 30 , Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Decatur Sculpture Tour — 31 original sculptures and 15 permanent exhibits on display, walking tour maps available, thru April 1, 2017, Decatur, free, 724-2605
Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos — Community-centered exhibit featuring traditional Mexican altars, Tuesday-Sunday thru Nov. 6, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Fall Colors and Themes — Paintings and photos depicting the rich changing colors of the season along with raku fired skulls, fiber monsters, harvest moon paintings, clay figures and more, Monday-Saturday thru Oct. 31, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Halloween & Autumn Inspired Art — Seasonal art from member artists, Monday-Saturday thru Nov. 5, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
A Legacy of Art: A Collection by William and Mary Ann Roebel — Collection includes works by Renoir, Toulouse-Latrec, Matisse, Rembrandt, Dali, Whistler and many other masters, daily thru Nov. 6, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6977
Marks of Intention — Abstract works by Nazar Harran, Monday-Saturday thru Nov. 15, Jennifer Ford Art, Fort Wayne, 740-1309
Master Prints — Diverse collection of prints acquired by the university over the past 15 years, Monday-Friday thru Dec. 22, Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Midwest Ceramics Invitational — Works from nine professional Midwest ceramic artists, Monday-Friday thru Nov. 20, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Oil Painters of America Salon Show — Juried show featuring 300 paintings by Oil Painters of America members, Tuesday-Saturday thru Oct. 29, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Paintings by Alexandra Hall — Whimsical paintings, Tuesday-Sunday thru Nov. 30 , Fishman Gallery, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
Photography Show — Exhibition of photographs in three categories (black and white, color and altered images), daily thru Nov. 9 (reception 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9), Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Robert Kipniss: The Whispering Light — Recent painted and printed works by American artist, Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 29-Jan. 22, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467 Art of Healing — Works created to inspire healing and overcoming personal obstacles, Friday-Sunday thru Nov. 13, Garrett Museum of Art, Garrett, 704-5400
SOCA Student Highlights Exhibition: Photo — Works by students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts photography program, Monday-Friday thru Nov. 20, Spotlight Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
William and Peggy Dotterweich Game Fish Figurine Collection — A selection of hand-painted porcelain game fish figurines, Monday-Friday thru Nov. 20, Goldfish Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Artlink Educational Programs — Art classes offered by Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, dates and times vary, Artlink, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-7195
Fort Wayne Dance Collective Workshops — Workshops and classes for movement, dance, yoga and more offered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective, dates and times vary, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-6574
IPFW Community Arts Academy— Art, dance, music and theater classes for grades pre-K through 12 offered by IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, fees vary, 481-6977, www.ipfw.edu/caa
Sweetwater Academy of Music — Private lessons for a variety of instruments available from professional instructors, ongoing weekly lessons, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, call for pricing, 432-8176, academy.sweetwater.com