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Monday, February 20, 2006

Stuff of Interest - May 2006 - Castle Waiting hardcover

by Linda Medley
This long-awaited hardcover edition collects the beginning chapters of Linda Medley's original graphic novel series, including all the stories from THE CURSE OF BRAMBLY HEDGE through SOLICITINE. The series garnered considerable critical acclaim, a number of industry awards, and inclusion in the YALSA Recommended Reading List.

CASTLE WAITING tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, CASTLE WAITING is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil--it's about being a hero in your own home.

Featuring an introduction by Jane Yolen.
Hardcover, 6.5x8, 448pgs, B&W $29.95
MAR063205 Fantagraphics

It's good to see CASTLE WAITING finally making its way back, and hopefully this format (and it is a handsome looking book) will get it some attention and get some new stories published (check Medley's site for the first few pages of what would be the as-yet-unscheduled next issue, plus several other stories including the full original first issue of the on-going series. I'm assuming that Medley's site is correct that it'll run up to "Solicitine", not including the "Interiors" story that began in the last two issues of the prior series, contrary to what the Fantagraphics site says). Anyway, I really enjoyed the original graphic novel and first series, it's some great light fantasy with a good mix of character bits, funny bits and clever bits. I managed to miss most of "Solicitine" when it first came out, so most of that will be new to me.

Update: Medley just posted that the on-going series will indeed return this summer, and has more preview pages of the new work.

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