Friday, 27 April 2012

Follow Friday: Thistil Mistil Kistil

Another graphic novel for Follow Friday, Thistil Mistil Kistil is about vikings and gods. Woo!

TMK is about a viking boy, Coal (it's a nickname,) who is dead and kind of a jerk. His story begins before he can enter Valhalla; being at odds with Thor, et al, he is given a mission by All-Father Odin and sent back into the living world to complete it. Of course, being dead has complicated this. And being "friends" with God of Mischief, Loki, complicates it further.

A major charm of TMK is Sarah Schanze's stark design. Her characters present a lot of personality in their silhouettes and the uncluttered expressions of their faces. When she turns this design tactic to the landscape, she shows us a Scandinavia that is -- to Coal's eyes, I think -- enormous, towering, cold and bleak. I'm rather fond of the wide shots.

Thistil is funny and it piques my interest in Norse myth. It updates only once a week but as it's been going since 2009, there is quite a bit to read. So read it!

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