Anyone who has known me for any amount of time knows that I love a good fairy tale. I also love finding new stories to treasure, which lead me to the wild world of webcomics.
After running across Megan Kearney's Beauty and the Beast, (which is recommended, but only for teens and adults, it’s a little weird) I ran across an anthology series called “Erstwhile Tales” created by three talented ladies named Gina, Elle, and Louisa. These latter day Mother Geese take lesser known (but not gruesome) tales from the Brothers Grimm and translate them into comic form. These stories include “Maid Maleen”, “Snow White and Rose Red”, and “King Thrushbeard”, if you’ve never heard those stories, that’s ok! I never paid that much attention to them myself!
The ladies bring the stories to beautiful and vibrant life with colorful characters who go against the usual mold. The princess in “The Twelve Huntsmen” is a stout but healthy size little lady, the heroine of “The Singing, Springing, Lark” is African, “Leftovers” takes place in the Bahamas. Much of the art is what my brother calls “neo-Anime” a stylistic combination of Anime and Western drawing styles, making for a unique experience.
Tales are occasionally dark (this is the Grimms we are talking about) and contain scenes of violence off camera. One story, “All Fur” features a really creepy relationship the heroine must escape, and just needs to be skipped. There is the occasional name being called, but these are usually flung by the villains at the heroes or heroines. There are characters who wear period dresses that reveal a small amount cleavage, but no other immodesty.
For fairy tale fans everywhere, Erstwhile Tales is a great choice for reading. Generally appropriate for all ages, fun, and colorful, I can really recommend Erstwhile Tales (in its Book and online format) to readers 8 and up.
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