The first issue of the follow-up miniseries is a perfect jumping-on point for new readers.
Over the years that I’ve contributed for The Beat, I’ve gotten to preview some pretty-interesting projects in the making, as well as talk to their equally-interesting creators. A little more than two years ago, I had a phone interview with two women who called themselves the “Gibbs Girls.” They were working on a steam-punk inspired comic that takes place at the dawn of the 20th century and during the Industrial Age. The story followed a female, African American inventor named Ada Turner who creates the first flying machine. Last week, the Gibbs Girls reached out and informed me that the comic had finally come out.
“We wanted little kids reading the book to see that they could go to San Francisco and in essence walk the path that they walked and feel like that you could be on their adventure too.”
“There are only two questions you can answer if you’re going to write: What is it, or what if. No genre but fantasy lets you answer so successfully for ‘what if.’”
In many urban fantasy books, the city in which the story takes places does more than act as a setting. Often, the city also becomes a character of its own.
So the first time I saw the Star Wars original trilogy, one of the biggest powerhouses in the shaping of pop culture, was just after this thanksgiving. This has been mind-blowing to people I talk to (my boss included,) but I come from a Star Trek household. My dad especially has no interest […]
Fantasy author Daryl Gregory’s newest novel, Spoonbenders. centers around the Telemachus family in the very distant and backwards year of nineteen-ninety-five. The Chicagoan family are anything but normal as they were once known “The Amazing Telemachus Family,” regularly touring the country and appearing on television. Following an unfortunate T.V. appearance that marked them as frauds, […]
Box Brown (Retrofit Comics, Andre” is serializing a new unnamed comic that deals with fantasy/superhero/video game elements as an unnamed hero deals with the tedium of grinding, and argues with another explorer over the life of crystal thieving. It’s a few pages in, but another solid entry in the “magical kingdom” genre of indie comics. Jump on board!