Attack on Titan

The Attack on Titan anthology is out today!

I was thrilled to be able to participate in this project, which features short stories (including “An Illustrated Guide to the Glorious Walled Cities”) that take place in the wider world of Attack on Titan. The official description:

“The manga megahit Attack on Titan, reinterpreted by some of comics’ top talent! Featuring original stories by a long roster of comic superstars such as Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, Michael Avon Oeming, Paolo Rivera, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr!

This unprecedented, full-colour collaboration between East and West will be released first in English, making it indispensable for Attack on Titan fans and curious comic fans.”

The closeness to canon comes and goes – there’s such a great range of tones in the anthology; my piece is firmly in the world of the stories. Quite literally: One of the things that fascinated me most about the series is the depth and detail of the world, and the scale of devastation in the wake of the Titans. A century of peace is enough time to develop a status quo. And given increasing economic stability and social growth, what do you get? Tourism.

“The Illustrated Guide to the Glorious Walled Cities” is a collection of articles from Mithras Quarterly, by an intrepid journalist named Hilde Gartner who sets out to make a map for everyone who might wish to see the Walled Cities for themselves. (Then Things Happen, of course.)

I was very lucky to get David López as my artist for this piece; it was magical to describe a Victorian magazine ad in two lines and have it come back looking just like your imagination, only better. He did absolutely amazing work both as Hilde and as the art director of an imaginary magazine; it was a pleasure to see it come together.

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  • Whether you will, or no

    I wrote a piece for VICE about consent as fantasy element in the 18th-century “Beauty and the Beast,” and a little about what happens to the shape of the tale when a retelling (say, I dunno, Disney) alters those elements: “How Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Became the Darkest Tale of All.“

    An excerpt:

    The most powerful force in Beauty and the Beast isn’t magic, or even love, but consent. Most retellings of Villeneuve’s version are careful to keep it. The Beast is clear that Beauty must know what she’s getting into. (In Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s 1910 version, it’s still more explicit: The Beast warns Beauty’s father to “be honest with your daughter. Describe me to her just as I am. Let her be free to choose whether she will come or no…”) Later, the Beast asks Beauty herself if she comes willingly. And that first dinner is marked by the Beast’s deference to her wishes. Beauty’s earliest surprise is how much power she wields. Even in his nightly request that Beauty marry him, he defers. Andrew Lang emphasized the power dynamics in 1889’s Blue Fairy Book:

    “Oh! What shall I say?” cried Beauty, for she was afraid to make the Beast angry by refusing.
    “Say 'yes’ or 'no’ without fear,” he replied.
    “Oh! No, Beast,” said Beauty hastily
    “Since you will not, good-night, Beauty,” he said.
    And she answered, “Good-night, Beast,” very glad to find that her refusal had not provoked him.

    Lang was one of many who used marriage proposals for the nightly request (Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s 1756 retelling was the first), but Villeneuve was under no illusions about the story’s undertones. In her original, Beast asks Beauty to sleep with him. Beauty’s power is the ability to withhold sexual consent.

    [Full article]

    03/20/17

2016 Appearances

Emerald City Comicon
April 7-10, 2016
Seattle, WA

Kent State Wonder Woman Symposium
September 23-24, 2016
Cleveland, OH

New York Comic Con
October 5-9, 2016
New York City

World Fantasy Convention
October 28-30
Columbus, OH