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Castle Waiting #02: Castle Waitingby Linda Medley
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The 456-page Castle Waiting graphic novel 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 - but about being a hero in your own home. The opening story, The Brambly Hedge, tells the origin of the castle itself, which is abandoned by its princess in a comic twist on Sleeping Beauty when she rides off into the sunset with her Prince Charming. The castle becomes a refuge for misfits, outcasts, and others seeking sanctuary, playing host to a lively and colorful cast of characters that inhabits the subsequent stories, including a talking anthropomorphic horse, a mysteriously pregnant Lady on the run, and a bearded nun.For the first time, Fantagraphics' Castle Waiting collects the first volume of the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning* comic book series into one hearty hardcover. Linda Medley lavishly illustrates Castle Waiting in a classic visual style reminiscent of Arthur Rackham and William Heath Robinson. Blending elements from a variety of sources-fairy tales, folklore, nursery rhymes-Medley tells the story of the everyday lives of fantastic characters with humor, intelligence, and insight into human nature. Castle Waiting can be read on multiple levels and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.*Awards:
2007 Eisner Award nominee: Best Graphic Album - Reprint, Best Publication Design (Adam Grano) 2007 Harvey Award nominee: Best Graphic Album - Previously Published Official Selection, 2008 Festival International de la Bande Desinee de Angouleme (French edition) 20 Essential Albums for Summer 2008, l'Association des Critiques de Bandes Dessinees (French edition) Finalist, Prix de la Critique 2008, l'Association des Critiques de Bandes Dessinees (French edition)
"The second volume of Linda Medley's quirky Eisner-winning modern classic has finally arrived. Castle Waiting, Sleeping Beauty's former home, now hosts a motley collection of characters in need of a second chance. This volume begins with the arrival of Tolly and Dayne, two dwarfs visiting their friend Henry, the castle's smith. The clever and kindhearted Tolly quickly befriends the castle's younger inhabitants, leading simple Simon and young mother Jain on adventures through lost rooms and secret passages. His equally likable uncle Dayne is a more ambiguous figure, caring toward his friends and family but full of amoral ambition and hinted agendas. At well over 300 pages, the book still feels about an issue too short. What will happen if Dayne's suspicions about Jain's green and furry infant are correct? Castle Waiting is a warm yet bittersweet ramble through the margins of the fairy tale world. Dayne's human foster daughter is implied to be Snow White, while tragic Henry, his broken heart held together by bands of iron, is a minor character from 'The Frog Prince' destined to one day again be whole. Medley's distinctive black and white art is full of life, while her writing is as engaging if leisurely as ever. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
The multiple Harvey and Eisner award-winning fantasy is now collected in one volume! A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy talethat's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fightingthe ultimate war between Good and Evil - but about being a hero in yourown home.
The long-awaited return to Castle Waiting!
With its long-awaited second volume, Linda Medley’s witty and sublimely drawn fantasy eases into a relaxed comedy of manners as Lady Jain settles into her new life in Castle Waiting.
Unexpected visitors result in the discovery and exploration of a secret passageway, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies’ underpants, the identity of Pindar’s father, the education of Simon, Rackham and Chess arguing about the “manly arts,” and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the elements in this delightful new volume.
The book also includes many flashbacks that deepen the stories behind the characters, including Jain’s earliest romantic entanglements and conflicts with her bratty older sisters, the horrific past of the enigmatic Dr. Fell, and more.
About the Author
Linda Medley lives in Portland, OR.
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