David Hitchcock is quite simply an amazing artist. Leah and I have worked with Dave a few times on UK small press things and have been trying for years to get a larger project sorted with him. We’re still trying, and very much hoping that 2018 will be the year it finally happens.
A while back he and writer Jason Cobley worked together on a GN adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story The Signalman.
Once upon a time, the princesses of classic fairy tales banded together to save their kingdoms from war! Rapa, a redheaded girl with a fiery spirit and lost memories, discovers a conspiracy that threatens the peace among all the mythical creatures of the land. Joined by the Little Mermaid, the Frog Prince, and Red Riding Hood, Rapa journeys through fabled forests and legendary realms on a quest to foil the scheme! Who has stolen the identities of beloved heroines Rapunzel, Belle, and Talia, and plots to destroy all the Faerie races?
Damsels Vol 1 collects issues 1-8 of our gender-flipped Fairy Tale action fantasy series, originally published in 2012/13.
Gazelle Amber Valentine is one half of sludge / doom / death metal two piece Jucifer, formed in Georgia, USA in 1993. For more than seventeen years Gazelle and her bandmate (and husband), drummer Edgar Livengood, have adopted a nomadic lifestyle. The pair live, tour, rehearse, and sometimes even record in their Winnebago, towing the literal wall of amplification Valentine utilises on stage in a trailer behind them. The duo describe this life as an endless tour, and they can easily find themselves playing live shows in twenty or more countries in a single year.
Jucifer’s music can be (and usually is) harsh, aggressive, and loud, but its subject matter and lyrical content are not necessarily what people might expect. 2008’s L’Autrichiennewas a concept album based around the French Revolution accompanied by extensive historical notes, while 2013’s За Волгой для нас земли нет (“There is no land beyond The Volga”) dealt with the Soviet Union and WWII. Equally though, there is a strong sense of Americana embedded in much of Jucifer’s music and lyrics; dark folk sounds and sensibilities; finger-picked banjo and violin strings, and dissonant, melancholic melodies. Nowhere is this side of their work more apparent than in Gazelle’s solo album Devil’s Tower I, released in 2013.
All of this – the nomadic life, the artistry, the power and intelligence of her writing – made Gazelle Amber Valentine someone I was very keen to approach as a contributor to Spirits of Place. Her essay, entitled “I Have Trod Such Haunted Land”, ended up being the first in the book and remains one of my favourites. Even though her internet connection can be intermittent as she and Edgar continue their never ending tour, Gazelle was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about the book and her contribution to it.
You’ve probably already heard about Femme Magnifique – a graphic novel anthology delivering inspirational comic-book stories about powerful women in science, politics, and the arts. You probably already know it will contain the following:
30 short stories staring female trailblazers of today and yesterday
Over 50 diverse writers and artists
Printed in full-color
Perfect-bound cardstock cover
Free US Shipping
Digital Edition delivered via comiXology
Well actually, the Kickstarter has already hit the first stretch goal and is (as I type) less than $10,000 away from adding 20 more short stories!
You probably know the names of lots of the amazing people who are contributing to the book too, but did you know that Leah and Alison Sampson are doing a story about Beth Ditto? Oh right, you did.