Monday, July 7, 2014
MISC. MANGA, *Telling Tales
This graphic novel has different takes on various children's stories, mostly from Russian folklore and Grimm's Fairy Tales. The first is actually done by Svetlana Chmakova(of Dramacon)fame, who is not a Sweatrdop regular, and she does her version of Alenushka and Ivanushka, an old Russian tale about a constantly cursed girl and her younger brother. The rest of the stories are done by Sweatdrop Studios artists like Emma Vieceli who does The Three Sisters and Their Glass Hearts which is about a trio of princesses who for some reason are born with hearts made of actual glass which could crack causing them to die. The strangest is The Bird, The Mouse And The Sausage which showcases an actual living/talking sausage rooming with a bird and mouse. Moroz Ivanovich is another with two siblings starring the Russian equivalent of Santa Clause and Jack Frost. Some of the more familiar tales like Red Riding Hood, The Snow Queen, and The Prince And The Pauper are handled very well in their own way. The book closes out the Grimm's The Three Feathers about three brothers vying for the throne, but the simpleton one simply named "Simpleton" ends up winning it thanks to a magic kingdom of talking frogs.
This is one of Sweatdrop's heftier books at over 200 pages long, which includes some bonus material in the back. It makes for a great gift for your kids, and a superb intro to the style of manga without alarming any parents.