That reprint model changed a few years ago, when Drew Ford, then an editor at Dover, started a graphic novel line, reprinting many forgotten classics from the recent past. Not just reprints, but restorations. Handsome bindings, with extra back matter! (Even if you’re not a fan of Mercy and the brilliant artwork, definitely read the addendum.)
I, like many comics historians, have a wishlist of titles I would like to see collected. I may have met Drew Ford at NYCC a few years ago, and like most conversations, I mentioned Wandering Star, which I felt would be a great Young Adult title. I became a fan back in 1994, drawn initially by the simple cover, and by the rich art inside. But it was the story which hooked me, and which I recommend now.
Casandra Andrews is the daughter of the President of Earth, an ecological wasteland in the 22nd Century, still considered a barbaric backwater of the Galactic Alliance. Earth had repelled an alien invasion years earlier, and thus was granted membership. Casi is now on her way to the Galactic Academy, an elite school for the children of the Alliance’s rulers. Given the prejudices of the other races (magnified by adolescence), Casi deals with alienation and finds her group of friends, but by doing so, soon finds herself in the midst of another galactic war. Casi must grow up too fast, and too soon, as her father sides with the invaders, and the Alliance debates while star systems crumble.
You can read a Google Books preview here, but her style is such that it doesn’t translate well to pixels on a screen. Go buy the book…it’s a beautiful, satisfying chunk of storytelling, and you’ll want to reread it again. (And probably recommend it to young readers!)
Ms. Wood has been absent from comics since the completion of this series, but hopes to make new comics once again. In the meantime, her words of encouragement, from the introduction:
And therein lies a little secret I’d like to share with you all. If you create something, and put it out there, you are no longer alone. You are now part of the magical world of creation. Put love in it, buff it till it shines, and you will draw other people who create to you. It’s practically inevitable.
It might start at a desk, alone, in the back of your parent’s house. But like my twelve issue, limited series, it grows.