Courtesy of Iron Circus, AIPT can exclusively reveal an excerpt from a story for the now-live comics anthology The Lizard Prince and Other South American Tales. The independent crowdfunding campaign is an all-new anthology and the final installment in the acclaimed Cautionary Fables series. The collection is packed with nearly 200 pages of real-world fables and folktales, from comedic to curious to downright chilling, retold in the form of comics by an array of talented artists.
In Lore Vicente’s tale “The Lizard Prince,” Vicente tells a story about a woman going on a long and arduous journey to save her prince while defying Gods and Witches. “The story originates from the northern provinces of Argentina and as it often happens with oral tradition, there are many different versions of it, going by many different names. But all of them share an incredible sense of scale and a multitude of compelling visual concepts that were begging for an illustrated adaptation. I had tons of fun figuring out how to include as much of the source material as I could and researching and incorporating Guaraní Mythology and Cosmology to help bring the visual design to the page.”
Vicente added, “When I was invited to form part of this anthology, I realized I didn’t know many fairy tales that were actually from Argentina. So much of our culture has been shaped by a historically colonial tradition of admiring Europe and neglecting what’s ours, when I found this story I knew I had to give it my all, to make the best comic adaptation I could. Researching it brought me to a few online blogs that had tried over the years to keep this small piece of history alive. Without them I couldn’t have made this adaptation, so I’m also hoping my work helps preserve it in some way.”
Check out an excerpt from “The Lizard Prince” by Lore Vicente, an epic tale of magic, love, courage, and reptiles, below.
For more on this news, read the official press release below.
Spike Trotman’s Iron Circus Comics is launching an independent crowdfunding campaign for The Lizard Prince and Other South American Tales, an all-new anthology and the final installment in the acclaimed Cautionary Fables series. The stunning collection is packed with nearly 200 pages of real-world fables and folktales, from comedic to curious to downright chilling, retold in the form of comics by an array of talented artists. Come with us on a journey across South America, where we’ll meet terrifying birds, fire-breathing chefs, cheeky goblins, and so so much more!
“The Basnemporo Spider” by Brenda Argon, where a spider tries her very best to help.
“The Myth of the Condor” by Diego Carvajal, a sweeping romantic fable about love in the stars.
“The Ring” by Francis Francia, in which a new bride gets a little more than she bargained for.
“The Muki’s Deal” by Rick Lazo, where we learn all about mining goblins and true friendship.
“The Little Shepherd” by PD Loupee and Bruno Ortiz, where a brave little boy is able to find light even in the darkest places.
“Yara” by nique, the journey of a young girl determined to control her own destiny.
“Let Me Cook My Breakfast, Mr Caiman!” by Randal Ranpokoka, a hilarious tale of breakfasts, cooking fires and capybara!
“Pineapple Wishes” by Luisa F. Rojas, in which a magical Palenquera teaches a young girl that history can come alive.
“The Bum Who Tricked The Devil” by Rodrigo Vargas, in which—well, you guessed it!
“The Lizard Prince” by Lore Vicente, an epic tale of magic, love, courage and reptiles!
“A Girl and Her Bird” by Coni Yovaniniz, when the Tue-Tué bird comes calling.
The anthology is edited and organized by Alberto Rayo, Kel McDonald and Kate Ashwin and topped off with a beautiful watercolor cover by Daniela López. The Lizard Prince and Other South American Tales is the sixth and final volume of the acclaimed Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales series and the second volume of the series to be published by Iron Circus Comics; the series has previously been crowdfunded by Kel McDonald and Kate Ashwin. Iron Circus pioneered the widely-adopted bonus model that’s since completely reshaped the pay system of the small press, jump-starting the current renaissance of alt-comics anthologies.
“The Cautionary Fables and Fairytales series has been chronicling folktales from around the world for nearly a decade, hopping from Europe to Africa, over to Asia, Oceania, and finally teaming up with Iron Circus Comics to hit the coasts of America,” said editor Kel McDonald. “Our previous volume of North American tales told by Indigenous artists and writers smashed all records to become the highest funded comics anthology on Kickstarter, and now we’re fully onboard with Iron Circus’ crowdfunding, we can’t wait to see what happens next!”
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