Amelia Cole and the Unknown World is the sort of comic I want to read and see more of. This shouldn’t be surprising as I co-wrote it. But I want to take a second to tell you why I love it – regardless of being part of it, and why I think you might enjoy it, too.
At its core Amelia Cole is about a woman who uses magic to try and do the right thing. She is human-sized not wasp waisted, wears real clothes and doesn’t rely on men to save her. In other words – she’s an actual person. She also makes mistakes and deals with the consequences.
This was a lot of the point. It’s something that we felt a lack of in comics. We being D. J. Kirkbride (my co-writer), Nick Brokenshire (the amazing artist) and myself (we later added letterer to the stars Rachel Deering and color assistant extraordinaire Ruiz Moreno). We wanted to work together, and this story came out.
See, way back at the very end of 2011 D. J. and I were thinking of a new project to start. Tim Simmons (writer of the great spy16 webcomic) mentioned this guy he knew to D. J. (who edits Spy16) and we mailed this Nick chap to see what was what and if we all had a story to tell.
Well we did. We thought of worlds of magic, and worlds of science and a world containing both and Amelia Cole was born. The story starts with Amelia and her Aunt Dani in the magic world. Amelia, you see, can’t help herself. She has to do the right thing, she’s driven to help. Even when legally, she maybe shouldn’t do things the way she does. And so she hides in the other world open to her.
Through trying to solve problems she created, she ends up in a new, unknown to her, world and has to find her way in life. It’s a story, at the core, that most of us have been through. Amelia is growing up. She’s left home. And now she has to build her own life for the first time. We just wrote it large with magic, and eight foot golems and cops along the way. It felt like more fun that way.
But through it all we wanted to make sure that Amelia Cole herself was always human. She had her own motivations (some of which aren’t clear just yet but will become so sooner than you might think) and her own failures.
I know that, in my own life, some of my greatest triumphs have happened because of my own self-inflicted mistakes. We pick ourselves up and try again. We learn. We grow. And that’s the goal here. A comic that is open to all ages, speaks truth to experience and is also consistently a fun and exciting ride.
We’re published by Monkeybrain Comics, a digital only (through ComiXology) publisher that helps keep our costs down. Recently we finished our first story: Amelia Cole and the Unknown World, running 6 issues. Soon we will start our second story Amelia Cole and the Hidden War and from there – well it keeps getting bigger. Just like your world does when you get older and start to find your footing in the groups that you’ve found for yourself.
Amelia Cole is a comic I’ve always wanted to read. So I helped make it, to ensure it would be there. You can read it too, of course, and I hope you will.
Of course, since we’re all here and you’ve been kind enough to listen to me think out loud about this all – feel free to ask things in comments below and I’ll answer them all, honestly and happily.