September 3, 2013

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Baltimore Comic-Con Spotlight 2013: Amelia Cole

Love that Golem.
Welcome to another 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con Spotlight entries. Over the course of this week, I will be highlighting creators and publishers who will be at another of my favorite conventions, the Baltimore Comic-ConYou can check out all of my spotlights for the Baltimore Comic-Con from both this year and prior years here.

A long, long time ago, when Live Journal was still a thing, I used to talk now and again with Adam P. Knave. I even have a mini-comic he did back then, or I did last time I checked.

Now he, along with collaborator DJ Kirkbridge, are part of the Monkeybrain team of digital-first comics, working with artist Nick Brokenshire on a series of adventures for Amelia Cole, a young woman with a lot of magical power who might just be in over her head.

I reviewed the first trade for Newsarama here, and I like it a lot. It's not perfect, but the series gets a lot of things right, like being willing to do bad things to main characters and showing Cole is all-too-human and will make mistakes.

Best of all, though, is that Golem, shown above holding Amelia. I love him to death, and I love how Brokenshire designed him.

Amelia Cole is only partway through its story, and there's a lot yet to learn. I spoke more of it in detail at the review, but the short version is that while the story is a bit tried and true right now, I have a feeling there's more behind it, as Knave and Kirkbride get going.

For the Baltimore show, you can pick up a copy of the first trade, have a chance to talk to Adam, DJ, Nick, and Ruiz, and get prints from Brokenshire. Knave and Kirkbride will have Popgun, the Eisner-winning anthology, on hand as well. They also expect Sean Williams to be at the table now and again, with art from Artful Daggers and the Fairest trade.

If you enjoy fantasy series and magical worlds, you definitely need to check out Amelia Cole. It's a fun and bright series with just enough dark edges to make it worthwhile and satisfying, and now is the time to get in on the ground floor, before the story gets too far gone to catch up.

In your own world and can't make Baltimore? The Amelia Cole Tumblr site will tell you all you need to know, as well as offer some cool interviews and visuals.