Castle Waiting #1
[Cartoon Books $2.95 US $4.50 CAN B&W]
Written & Illustrated by Linda Medley
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All of you who missed Castle Waiting its first go around are in luck. Linda Medley is back from her self-imposed hiatus and putting out CW under the Cartoon Books (Bone) banner. If you are unfamiliar with the world of Castle Waiting, think of it as a place where every fairy tale, legend, fable or tall tale can come together.
This issue is part one of Sister Peacefulís tale. Sister Peace is a Solicitine nun, an order of bearded women believe it or not. Peaceful Hortense Elaine Warren began her life as the daughter of pub owners. She was happy working in her parentsí pub but longed for adventure and to experience the world. To further this goal Peace leaves the safety of the pub and heads for the circus hoping to become their bearded lady. Itís not to be, however, because the circus already has a bearded lady, the beautiful Clytemnestra, Queen of the Nile (her stage name, natch). I donít want to give any more away but Peacefulís adventures have only just begun and part one gives us a doozy of a story.
Medley mines a rich tapestry of literature and adds her own unique flavor. Her storytelling skills are in top form and, as with the previous CW series, she gives the reader engaging characters, compelling stories and some darn purty artwork.
If you canít find this title on your local shopís shelves write to Cartoon Books, P.O. Box 16973, Columbus, OH 43216 or visit www.boneville.com and order it on-line. You can also visit Linda Medleyís Castle Waiting site at www.sirius.com/~medley/castle.html [dead link].