Here's the sales pitch:
An all-new story set in official continuity, exclusively created for comics! You’ve never read a Mercy Thompson story like this before! Mercy Thompson returns to comics in an all new adventure by New York Times’ bestselling author, Patricia Briggs! Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifting coyote and honorary member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack. When the pack stumble upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, Mercy shapeshifts into a mystery of the legendary fae – a mystery that could be the death of her.
Continuing the all-new Mercy Thompson comic book adventure by New York Times’ bestselling author Patricia Briggs! While more dead bodies emerge from the mass graves discovered by Mercy Thompson, her step-daughter Jesse finds herself in the firing line of some unpleasant accusations at school--where only the new student is on her side. But is all as it seems? You’ve never read a Mercy Thompson story like this before!
If we want to see more women and people of color writing comics (and we do), it's probably a good idea to encourage writers from other mediums to bring the worlds they've built into comics. Obviously not every successful novel series would sell well to the traditional comics crowd, but hopefully some of the author's fans would follow them into their comics spinoffs.
I like the idea of doing what Briggs and company have done: Instead of doing a lame adaptation of an existing story, they created a brand new tale taking advantage of the richness of the Mercy Thompson universe.
Anyways, the first two issues of Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly are in stores now. If you've read 'em, let us know what you thought of it!
Samax Amen draws people, places and things for fun and profit. He is the artist of many great comics you never heard of like Herman Heed, Champion of Children, The Brother and The World As You Know It. He even writes and draws his own comics, like Dare: The Adventures of Darius Davidson, Spontaneous, and Manchild when he gets around to it. Because making comics is hard and stuff, he started GhettoManga as a blog in 2006 and as a print magazine in 2008.
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