It’s the Adventure Time era of indie comics, as quirkily drawn fantasies about cute folks having cute adventures dot the comics landscape. But then there’s Travelogue by Aatmaja Pandya, the kind of sweet, breathless, mysterious, all-heart comic that shows you how it is done.
The set-up is pretty simple: Nana is a little wizard, old in years but new in experience, who travels with two warriors, Adi and Emerene, and Princess the goat. The story is about the journey not the experience, with lovely sunrises, beautiful seascapes and the occasional unexplained needle to the heart, all drawn in a lovely, expressive style. Travelogue has updated sporadically for the last few years — it would be great to have it more often but we’ll take what we can get,
Apparently there was a Travelogue mini at MoCCA last weekend but I missed it!
Pandya is part of the blockbuster SVA class that also produced Hazel Newlevant and Molly Ostertag. She has two other projects that have finished, “Baker’s Dozen, a coming-of-age story set in a South Asian fantasy world, and The Bell Blues, a slice-of-life webcomic about a bunch of grungy youths in a band,” accoridng to her Patreon page.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.