My first ever, full-length actual printed comic book comes out very soon! Here is all you ever wanted to know about Jennifer Wilde: The Wilde Hunt.
So, here it is, the beautiful cover art for my one-shot comic as created by the fabulously talented Stephen Downey. We worked very hard on this story together (Stephen is a rockstar for sure), under the watchful eye of creator Rob Curley:
The Wilde Hunt is being printed as we speak, and will be available later this month. I’ll keep you updated, but it is being published by Atomic Diner in Ireland so will of course be easy to buy there – and relatively easy to buy in England. (e.g. Orbital Comics in London usually stock Atomic Diner comics.)
I’m assuming that there will be various mail order options. However, I am also thinking about offering a purchase option via my own website because I’d really love people to read this story. Again, more news on that soon!
3) But, Kaz… Who is Jennifer Wilde?
Jennifer is actually called Jennifer Chevalier. She is a young French artist, based in Paris in the 1920s. She also has an affinity for the spirit world (including the ability to see and speak to ghosts), although to begin with she’s more interested in pursuing her talent for painting.
In the 3-part Jennifer Wilde miniseries, written by Rob Curley and Maura McHugh, it is revealed that Jennifer’s father had a secret love affair with Oscar Wilde. After her father dies (that story is explored in the miniseries), Oscar’s ghost becomes attached to Jenni and he continues to watch over her – and to annoy her! They end up investigating murder, political conspiracies and all kinds of other shenanigans.
4) What is The Wilde Hunt about (and what is a ‘one-shot’)?
Speaking of ‘shenanigans,’ I decided that my issue would move more into supernatural territory. Jennifer is hanging out with the ghost of Oscar Wilde, after all, so why not have them investigate something a bit more fantastic (in the magical sense, I mean)? My only instructions before writing my script were to show Jennifer and Oscar taking a short vacation in the Irish countryside, to recover from everything they’d been through in the first story arc. I picked Kylemore Abbey, in the beautiful setting of Galway, as the history of an Abbey run by French nuns in 1920s Ireland fitted in perfectly with the current worldbuilding.
All I knew when I began writing and researching was that I wanted to explore some aspect of the Wild Hunt folklore – and everything just flowed from there!
A one-shot comic is simply one that stands alone. You don’t need any other information to enjoy the story, and there are no other parts to collect. It’s all contained in the 24-pages that I scripted and Stephen drew.
5) Preview pages!
Here are the first two pages as they will appear in the printed comic. I was blown away when I first saw Stephen’s rendition of Kylemore Abbey, where most of the action takes place:
I hope that clears everything up, but if you have any questions do leave them in comments.