Upcoming: Maleficium looks magnificent….
Sheffield based illustrator and comic artist EdieOP‘s a fascinating new artist, whose work we’ve only really looked at with the last issue of the Avery Hill anthology Reads. But her strip in there was exceptional, a ridiculous tale of a mutated slug spreading joy and infection everywhere it slimed was a beautifully bright, lighthearted thing, full of sketchy imaginings. Well now, after what seems like the longest time of promising something bigger, EdieOP and Avery Hill are releasing her first graphic novel, the all-ages Maleficium.
(Fellow UK Comics advocate Andy Oliver picked her as one to watch in his best of 2013 post here at the blog, and whose preview of forthcoming Avery Hill graphic novel Maleficium I’ll direct you towards.)
“Melissa pushed me down the stairs. I don’t want to be her friend anymore.”
“Who is Melissa?”
“The monster that lives in our walls.”
Maleficium debuts at Thought Bubble this year, the story of Huxley Leighton-Lomax, young wizard in trouble featuring in the 96-page full-colour graphic novel.
When asked about Maleficium, Edie said:
“Maleficium is a story that evolved from an in-joke about things going missing in the house. I always used to lose things and then they’d turn up in the place that I thought I’d left them an hour later, so I used to say the fairies had borrowed it. As the joke went on I got a bit more elaborate with the story telling and naturally a bit more sinister. I started to make up stories that things would disappear into ‘the Nether’ but only my things would ever come back so I used to say that I was friends with the Nether. It then kept evolving when I was giving thought to the theory that, if it were a supernatural force, would it get stronger if it was acknowledged and interacted with? It was at this point that the in joke had sort of gained enough momentum for me to consider developing it into an illustrated story.”
Yep, sounds great. And as you can tell from these preview pages.. looks darned great as well..