Monday, August 30, 2010

Graphic Novel Fave - Castle Waiting

Alright, wow - has it been weeks guys? I feel guilty. So, we're starting a new weekly feature here on Girls Love Graphic Novels covering past favorites. On Monday, we'll have a Graphic Novel Fave and on Tuesday we'll have a Manga Fave. These are books we've read in the past that we love and want to share with you.

Today Kristen (me) is sharing a personal favorite graphic novel!

Castle Waiting by Linda Medley

Goodreads Description:

The multiple Harvey and Eisner award-winning fantasy is now collected in one volume!

The 450-page Castle Waiting graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil—but about being a hero in your own home.

For the first time, Fantagraphics' Castle Waiting collects the entire story into one mammoth volume—and includes the concluding chapter written and drawn especially for this volume.

Wittily reinterpreting the Grimm Brothers classic tale "Briar Rose" (Sleeping Beauty) as a story of love, enchantment, and sibling rivalry, the opening chapter "The Curse Of Brambly Hedge" sets the stage for the story.

In the second chapter, "The Lucky Road," Lady Jain's fairy-tale life turns out not-so-happily ever after, as she leaves to search for Castle Waiting, a wondrous, mythical refuge where "all are welcome." Jain soon finds the castle is very much a home as well as a refuge, and learns to fit in with its eccentric inhabitants as she discovers how she can help them bring the lonesome, dilapidated place back to life.

The third chapter, "Solicitine," tells the story of Peaceful Warren, a young woman destined and determined to live an unconventional life. From the barroom to the circus to the convent and beyond, this chapter is a tale of an extraordinary adventure, an extraordinary friendship, and of making a place for oneself in the world.

An artist with 20 years' experience in comics and children's books, Linda Medley lavishly illustrates Castle Waiting in a classic visual style reminiscent of Arthur Rackham and William Heath Robinson. Blending elements from a variety of sources—fairy tales, folklore, nursery rhymes—Medley tells the story of the everyday lives of fantastic characters with humor, intelligence, and insight into human nature. Castle Waiting can be read on multiple levels and can be enjoyed by children and literate adults.

And one of my favorite panels...

So, why is this book so great? It's fairy tales that's a bit more grown-up. It's also compiled into a 450 page book which is just fantastic for those that just want to read and read and read. I just love the stories in this graphic novel and the artwork. Totally brilliant and one you guys need to pick up!

I'm really excited, because this winter....

Gah!! It's comes out two days after my birthday! I rarely pre-order books, but I think I will have to for this one!