Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Exciting news, Strumpet and Whores of Mensa fans! Whores of Mensa founding editor and Strumpet 1 contributor Mardou has released the first chapter of her upcoming graphic novel, THE SKY IN STEREO, as a chunky-ass minicomic!
This is big news...the idea of a Mardou graphic novel is a very exciting one for us, as it will be for many of you out there. Word on the street is that this project is based on Mardou's experiences growing up in Macclesfield, England.
So, what's in there, you ask? THE SKY IN STEREO tells the story of Iris, a young woman who's working in a local burger joint, crushing out on her punk rocker co-worker, and flirting with a world of drugs, music, and bootleg horror VHS.
We see her world through Iris's eyes, and hear her thoughts, and get a real sense of what it's like to be this self-doubting, witty, intriguing young woman. It's a lovely, personal glimpse at adolescence as it really is - a place full of surprises and disappointments, with lots of possibilities that fizzle out, or take us in very unexpected directions.
This segment is a super-substantial 52 pages, but there's even more coming.
Nick Abadzis, the creator of the Eisner-award-winning LAIKA, has this to say about THE SKY IN STEREO:
"The Sky in Stereo reiminds me so much of my own teenage years; it's one of those books that comes along once in a blue moon to remind you where you've come from and why you are the way you are. I love the way Mardou draws people...with all their flaws, their vital wit and vigour, with all the grit and grey of the landscapes of their lives pierced by occasional shafts of yellow sunlight. Mardou's stories are animated by real, raw souls and their hopes, self-made traps and impractical dreams. This is a small, essential masterpiece."
THE SKY IN STEREO is available now from Mardou's Etsy shop. Buy it - and keep your ears pricked for more ladycomics news, this time about the contributors for the second issue of The Strumpet!