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Women In Fantasy: Linda Medley 
21st-Jul-2010 10:02 am

Let's venture into the wonderful world of comics with our ninth Women In Fantasy spotlight.

Linda Medley is both a writer and an artist. She achieves that perfect agreement between script and art that is, alas, so rare in comics. Her work isn't words with pictures, or pictures with words. It's words and pictures that team up to tell a complete story.

It's also pretty durned awesome. Medley has a real talent for character, and she does a wonderful job of exploring and expanding upon standard fairy tale tropes. With her signature creation, CASTLE WAITING, she takes the bare bones of several well-known stories and redrafts them to account for the human element. Her characters have a real stake in the story. Their fears and motivations feel authentic; even the baddies have logical reasons for acting as they do. Medley also incorporates a strong feminist element, making the series perfect for those who find traditional fairy tales too patriarchal.

The first volume of CASTLE WAITING (which I believe contains seventeen issues of the ongoing comic series) is available in a gorgeous hardcover edition from Fantagraphics Books. (The assorted story arcs were also published in a series of trade paperbacks a few years ago, but I don't believe they're widely available anymore. The hardcover's your best option; you get everything in one place, and the finished product is stunning). Medley has published many individual issues of Volume II, but they have not yet been collected. Sadness. :( Volume Two will be available near the end of December. (Thank you, anonymous commenter!)

For more information:

Linda Medley's work on the Fantagraphics website
Linda Medley on LibraryThing
Ethereal Fantasy
28th-Jul-2010 02:25 pm (UTC) - Volume 2
Volume 2 of the collected Castle Waiting is scheduled to be released by Fantagraphics on December 22, 2010. ISBN: 9781606994054.
29th-Jul-2010 10:13 pm (UTC) - Re: Volume 2
This is excellent news! Thank you for letting me know.
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