(From the publisher…)
I hope you and yours are doing well and that this note finds you ready for some fun new comics! By now you might be familiar with the “Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales” series from Iron Circus Comics, but that’s OK if not — the latest entry I’m sending you today is a great jumping on point for upper middle grade folklore fans. While the first volume, THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A SKULL, collected updated African folktales and TAMAMO THE FOX MAIDEN gave Asian lore the same clever, exuberant treatment, THE NIXIE OF THE MILL-POND takes us to Europe for some of the world’s most famous stories. If you’ve been following along wondering when we’ll get to “Jack and the Beanstalk,” today’s the day!
The “Cautionary” series is a perfect mix of things that young readers need more of these days; the books are fun to read (an even mix of humor, chills, and derring-do), they’re great for school, and depending on the kid, they’re either reflections of a culture they live every day or they open up new worlds they may not be familiar with. NIXIE brings some old world favorites while enlightening kids with some off-the-beaten path excursions, including the haunting title story.
Series editors Kel McDonald and Kate Ashwin have done it again with a superb roster of children’s graphic novel talent, including Mary Cagle, K.C. Green, Katie Shanahan, and Carla Speed McNeil. The stories they’ve adapted are brimming with adventure, creepy monsters, baddies getting their comeuppance, and lots of laughs.