The Beat is a proud sponsor of Comix Experience’s Graphic Novel of the Month Clubs, which bring comics fans a curated mix of the best of new release graphic novels and conversations with the creators who make them. Each month, the staff of Comix Experience votes on two sets of upcoming books they are most excited—one gets presented to adults and another to middle readers. Each club provides schwag like original signed custom bookplates for adults or buttons and magnets for the kids.
Most excitingly, the Graphic Novel Clubs bring in the creators of selected books to talk exclusively to GNC members in interviews conducted by Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs, who brings thirty years of experience in comics to the table. These talks are livestreamed to members all over the country and are a fun and informative mix of conversation on craft and form, as well as on the business of making comics. The Graphic Novel Clubs make a point of being inclusive, inviting creators from a wide variety of age, race, sex, and cultural perspectives to speak to members.
Membership is what propels these conversations, so if you like what you see, please support these discussions of comics, and the creators who make them, by joining the club.
This Week: Kit Seaton comes to the Graphic Novel club to talk about Norroway, the book she co-created and illustrated alongside her sister and writer, Cat. This book, published by Image and marking the start of a series, follows a young girl named Sibylla who finds herself with a case of wanderlust. She wants an adventure and then one day, it shows up outside her door in the “form of a giant magical bull.” The story is inspired by the classic Scottish tale of the same name and what Kit says are “all the things we love about ghost stories and the old dark fairy tales…curses run amok, doomed knights, dancing princesses, shipwrecks, and young peasant girls destined for adventure.”
Watch as Kit sits down with Brian Hibbs to discuss the process of building Norroway and reveals the surprising origin of hers and her sisters’ matching names.
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.