Yes, you read that right, folks. My friend Gayla Twist and I sat down over cider and caramel apples, and got to talking about our love for classic romance novels, and the trend of reinterpreting them for the modern genre audience, and the title “A Broom with a View” drifted across the table, as if magically out of thin air.
We quickly abandoned the idea of just shoehorning magic and monsters into an old book, deciding instead to recreate the story of the beloved E.M. Forster novel, “A Room with a View,” as a romance between a soulful vampire and an adventurous young witch. We then realized that we wanted to make a more radical departure from the original material, setting the story against the backdrop of a war between the two supernatural peoples, turning the whole tale into a spooky Romeo and Juliet story. By then, we decided we weren’t plotting a gimmicky version of “Room with a View,” but an original story that borrows parts of E.M. Forster’s plot structure.
Thus was born A Broom with a View, the adventures of Violet Popplewell, naive country witch, and her unlikely romance with the self-hating vampire Sebastian, as a war between witches and vampires comes to a boiling point. Gayla and I plotted the book together, and she wrote it out. It’s available now as an ebook on Amazon, which you can buy here:
We’re looking forward to more reader reviews. This is a grassroots effort, so we could use all the word of mouth we can get. Check it out, and by all means, let us know what you think, either on Amazon or Facebook and Twitter.
Check back for more info on Broom with a View in the coming weeks.
After 22 years of attending Comic-Con, I’m a finally special guest of the show. That means prime placement in Artist Alley, and my own spotlight panel on Sunday. I will be discussing Courtney Crumrin, as well as previewing my new series, Princess Ugg. Don’t miss it!
Spotlight on Ted Naifeh
Sunday, July 21
And don’t forget to drop by Artist Alley and talk to me personally, get stuff signed, get the latest books, news, inside info on Princess Ugg, or get a commissioned sketch like this one:
Also, as a special guest, I’m provided with my own personal chamber music, performed live by the artist known as Unwoman. Enjoy the throaty strains of her cello as I sketch.
They really take care of you at SDCC.
As some of you may already be aware, I’m going to be a guest this year at Comic-Con International in San Diego!
I’ll have a table in Artists’ Alley, as well as a spotlight panel. If you are heading to the biggest comics show in America, take a little time out to stop by and find out what I’m up to. Check back soon for my table location and my panel’s time slot.
In the mean time, here are some links to various sketches I did for folks in Charlotte, NC’s Heroescon.
It’s been over a week, and I’m sure you all have noticed by now that Issue 10 was the final chapter in the story of Courtney Crumrin. I know it came as a surprise, but I didn’t want to spoil the story. It was a long time coming.
I believe that stories should end. Otherwise, they don’t truly say anything, and are therefore not really stories. Certain stories create rich, inviting worlds, and I often feel a deep desire to to return there over and over again. But I usually find that, after too long, the story stops moving, becomes stagnant, and the world loses its meaning. I didn’t want to do that with Courtney’s world, as much as I would have loved to dwell there forever.
Courtney had to grow, had to change. Otherwise, her adventures, her suffering, her lessons, would have been for nothing. And to change Courtney was to finish her story. I personally was less interested in the adventures of a mellow young witch who was wise beyond her years. But I wanted her to arrive somewhere near that peaceful place rather than just go on suffering. Otherwise, her stories wouldn’t have meant as much. Happily ever after isn’t much of a story, but it makes a great ending. So I’d just as soon leave it at that.
Anyway, last week, I did a post-mortem interview with Comics Alliance, discussing things Courtney, as well as future plans. Here’s the link.
And to all who came with me on this little adventure through the world of my grumpy little heroine, thanks for the company. I really REALLY couldn’t have done it without you. Stories don’t happen in a vacuum, despite what some story-tellers would have you believe. We need readers. Otherwise we’re just fools shouting nonsense into the void. Readers give our efforts their meaning. So thanks for that.
San Francisco, the end of winter, 2013
Courtney Crumrin issue 4 is about to hit shelves, and wrap up the current Courtney story arc. You think things have gotten pretty crazy for Courtney and Holly in their underground adventure? You ain’t seen nothing yet! Don’t miss it.
Also, I just got my copy of the new Courtney hardcover, The Coven of Mistics. Like the previous volume, it is exceptionally handsome, in an elegant hunter green with a full color interior. Colorist Warren Wucinich has outdone himself with this one, imbuing the book with even more lustrous, atmospheric color than the last one. Thanks again, Warren. It will hit shelves at the end of next month, with a cover price of $24.99.
For you folks in the southeast, I hope to see you at Dragon-Con this year, and personally sign your copy of Coven of Mystics. If you don’t have one by then, I’ll be bringing a stack (barring force majeure). It may be my last Dragon-Con for a while, so don’t forget to come see me.
It’s coming out tomorrow (Wednesday, May 9th, 2012), and here’s what it looks like.
In issue 2 of the new ongoing Courtney Crumrin series, Courtney faces off with Holly, her new best friend/worst enemy, and some terrifying secrets come to light. But are they Holly’s secrets, or Courtney’s?
Supplies are limited. Seriously, comic stores never order enough indy books, let alone ones in demand. So get there early if you want your copy.
As if I didn’t have enough going on, DC has just announced the Ame-Comi digital series, a unique alternative DC universe. If you haven’t already heard about it, this is the concept. Whart if the DC universe had no superheros of super-villains, but only heroines and villainesses. Right? I love it too! And I was honored to be asked to participate, drawing one of the 30 page chapters of the series.
It looks like my editors at DC want to keep the info at a minimum, so for now, I have to take the sketches down. Sorry. Here’s something else to enjoy in the meantime.
Coming up in April, I’ll be appearing at the LA Times Bookfest, from the 21st to the 22nd. I’ll be signing at the Oni Press booth. Free sketches to anyone with the password “grumble.”
Next up, it’s Stumptown, where I’ll be promoting the new Courtney Crumrin ongoing series. That’s April 28th and 29th in Portland, OR. I may also be doing a reading at Bridge City Comics on the 26th. Stay tuned for more info. The first 3 people to give me the password “goblinbreath” get free sketches.
I will be making my annual pilgrimage to Comic-Con, July 12th to the 15th, where I will have scheduled appearances at the Oni table, and I may have an artist alley table as well, where I will be selling originals art. I will do one free sketch per day to the first person to give me the password “coelacanth.”
Finally, I will be heading back to Dragon*Con after last year’s unintentional hiatus. It takes place over Labor Day Weekend, from August 31st through September 3rd in Atlanta, GA. I will be doing one free sketch for anyone with the password “butterbear.”
Check back for more info regarding my appearance schedule. I will be posting reminders as each event comes up. See you on the road.
With the new Courtney Crumrin books coming out, I thought now would be a good time to come up with a new site design. The new features are IT LOOKS AWESOME! Special thanks to Kristen at rococonouveaudesign.com for the awesome redesign.
By the way, I just wanted to post a reminder that my original art is still for sale HERE. If you see something you like, why not own it? Check back frequently, as available pieces rotate frequently. And if something you see isn’t up the next week, check with Lan, my sales rep, if it’s still in stock.
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