While I was at MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) a little while ago I found two new comics about female knights, both of which seemed worth following and sharing. In the hopes that you too may enjoy these good things, check this out: Hannah Fisher’s Cosmoknights is a gorgeous webcomic and promises lady knights in space upending the patriarchy, and Alyssa Maynard has an excellent short piece called “I Am Not A Knight” which is intended as the opening of a much larger story.
These both look seriously good. I hope you can find and enjoy them. I’ll try to update this with a direct link to “I Am Not A Knight” when I can find one, but until then I suggest that you check out some of Alyssa Maynard’s other rad art.
Ben, my housemate who hooks me up with many fine comics (along with the many other things they do), has pointed me towards Unsounded, a most excellent webcomic. In addition to offering beautiful eye-candy (check out the designs for the covers of Chapters 2 [left] and 1 [right] above), this is a comic that already feels like a window onto a deeply thought out and well crafted world. Maybe it’s only skin deep, but I doubt it.
Admittedly, I recommend this webcomic to you on the strengths of the printed collection of the first three chapters. It’s remotely possible that there is some difference between the book and the webcomic version, perhaps simply in the act of holding the physical book in my hands, that changes how I feel about the comic. Actually, if anything it would have to be the collected early sketches and two short stories added to the end of the book that would change my opinion. But those only make me feel more certain that this is something deep and complex that I don’t yet know enough about to be able to appreciate fully… and I say that knowing that I already plan to read the rest of Unsounded’s archives.
So if you’re at all interested in reading about the stories of a young thief on a quest to prove herself to her crime lord father, and her magic-using zombie escort who’s been blackmailed into protecting her, then I suggest that you get reading. Still not sold? Let me put it this way: I have examined nearly every page I’ve read so far, looking at the little details, searching for another little hint, because I cannot kick the lurking feeling that I’m missing something that signals far more yet to come. Ashley Cope has done a marvelous job so far of building a story world that all feels like it holds together, revealing new treats around every corner and hinting at far more yet to come, all without ever falling into the classic expository trap of telling instead of showing. It’s worth reading just to see the quality of her craft. Check it out.
p.s. I was planning to write up another flash fiction piece from the excess prompts that I generated before, but I haven’t gotten around to watching True Grit yet, and I really wanted to try combining The Matrix and True Grit. Some other time.
What if, even with your superpowers, you know you haven’t made the world a better place?
My friends Molly and Brennan have been making Strong Female Protagonist for the past two years. It’s a super-sweet webcomic which (as they put it in their byline) follows a young middle-class American with super-strength, invincibility, and a crippling sense of social injustice. When I first read it, I loved it so much that I went through all of it in under two weeks. And now they’re using Kickstarter to fund the printing of the first four chapters as a physical book.
By the time of this posting, they’ve already blown way past their original goal. This isn’t really a review, and I’m not writing this to tell you that they need your support (though I’m sure they’d love it). I’m writing this to tell you that you should take a look at this excellent webcomic and pitch in for your own copy of it. I’m certainly getting a copy. Enjoy!