The exact details on this are still a little sketchy, but Dynamite has signed Matthew Sturges to write an as-yet-unnamed spin-off of their Damsels comic in 2013. Damsels features the adventures adventures of damsels from fairy tales like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and the Little Mermaid. Sturges suggests an aquatic theme for the spin-off, which suggests a bit more of the Little Mermaid.
Sturges would know a little bit about the fairy tale world, having been the co-writer on Jack of Fables over at Vertigo. Jack of Fables mixed up fables with tall tales and a bit of literary mischief, which seems similar enough to the Damsels world at first blush.
Official PR follows:
October 10th, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ – Dynamite signs writer Matt Sturges to new limited series! Damsels, a story featuring Cinderalla, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Snow White proved to be such a huge hit for Dynamite that we are coming out with a spin-off series to Damsels!
“What Damsels does for dry land, this book does for the ocean,” says writer Matt Sturges. “We’ve got mermaids! Pirates! A kraken! Sirens! All wrapped up in fast-past coming-of-age story, filled with treachery, high adventure, and very probably some sharks. (And maybe even a little romance for good measure.) In short: if it’s in a fairy tale or legend, and it’s wet, we’ve got it.”
“We’ve had incredible success with our ongoing Damsels series, and there’s a rich world of new Damsels stories to be told. We want to add to that world with the right mini-series, and needed a writer with the right sensibility and the ability to execute great stories. We found that with Matt. I’ve been a fan of his work going back to House of Mystery, JSA, Shadow Pact, and of course Jack of Fables. This is a series that fans will find as a great compliment to our Damsels ongoing series.” States Dynamite President Nick Barrucci.
Look for the Damsels spin-off in 2013!
Matt Sturges is an American writer of comics and fantasy novels. Sturges is best known for the Eisner-award nominated Jack of Fables from DC/Vertigo. In the 1990s, he was a member of the writers’ collective Clockwork Storybook, which also included Bill Willingham, Chris Roberson, and Mark Finn. With Willingham Sturges has not only worked on Fables but has also co-written House of Mystery. Following his signing an exclusive deal with DC Comics, Sturges took over the writing of Blue Beetle in issue #29and will see it through to its end in issue #36.He has also written Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! featuring the Human Flame and, with Willingham again, he also took over the writing of Justice Society of America with issue #29. He is also the author of two novels, Midwinter (2009) and the sequel The Office of Shadows (2010), and a book of short horror fiction, Beneath the Skin and Other Stories (2000).
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