by Bevan Thomas
I was excited to hear that The Storyteller II is looking for new writers and artists. I am an experienced comic writer and lover of fairy tales who counts Jim Henson’s The Storyteller as one of my favorite television shows and who loved the first Storyteller graphic novel anthology.
I have read fairy tales from a wide variety of cultures, some particular favorites are the Norwegian “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” and the Grecian “King Midas” and “Eros and Psyche.” I find that Norwegian tales have a great sense of humour and frequently strong female protagonists, while the Grecian stories have such a wonderful tradition of mythology and literature behind them. I also love the later fairy tale classics created by such visionaries as Hans Christian Anderson and Oscar Wilde. In fact, I am currently adapting a comic book version of Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince.” You can read the script here.
I have written a wide variety of comics, many of them incorporating fairy tales or myths. My published comics work include:
1. Flyaway, the story of a young woman and a young bird, and their desire to fly from their current situation to a warmer and more welcoming environment. Published in Cloudscape Comics’ 21 Journeys.
2. Fallen Star, the tale of “Theseus & the Minotaur” from the Minotaur’s point of view, as he wanders the Labyrinth, searching for a way out. Published in Cloudscape Comics’ upcoming Giants of Main Street.
3. My City, a very short story about a man’s love for his magic city. Published in Giants of Main Street.
4. Bewitching BC: Ghosts in the Capital, an exploration of various ghost stories and urban legends from Victoria, BC. Published in Gurukitty Studios’ Ghost Tales.