Friend of Ostragoth, Chaz Wood of Fenriswulf Books, has just released the first print edition of his The Sword and the Ring series, full of Norse gods and heroes. He describes it as darkly humourous, and quirky, both of which sound good to me, and you can’t go far wrong with Norse myths.

Since the dawn of the Nine Worlds, the gods of Asgard, led by all-wise Wotan, have enjoyed prosperity and power. Wotan’s noble house of Aesir rules the heavens and all Middengaard, the realm of men and monsters; yet on this peaceful stage will be wrought curses, war, treachery and ultimately, disaster. The two-faced trickster Loki, once a blood-brother of Wotan, seeks to spawn an unholy dynasty to rival the Aesir, while gold stolen from the River Rhein sets in motion a tide of torment that will drown all who come into contact with it. Sensing doom, one-eyed Wotan broods and begins to gather warriors of Middengaard to serve as his private army, while struggling to repair the growing cracks in his marriage to Fricke, and his relationship with his thirteen unruly daughters, the Valkyren…

It’s available (along with some of his other books) at lulu.

I’ve also come across Tracy J Butler’s Lackadaisy recently, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here; the comic’s online, but also collected in print. It’s a sort of 1920s gangster story starring cats, with art deco and art nouveau stylings, but maybe I should leave the description to those who know it best:

St. Louis – 1927. Times change. Laws change. People still want booze. For the better part of a decade, hidden beneath the inconspicuous Little Daisy CafĂ©, the city’s best-kept secret has slaked the thirst of a prohibition-wearied populace.

Lackadaisy.

Unfortunately, the once raucous and roaring speakeasy now rests at a crossroads, its golden age seemingly at an end. Lackadaisy’s remaining loyalists are left with few options. But with all the cunning, tenacity, and sly ingenuity they can muster, they might just have a chance.

And if that doesn’t work, fire does.

I hope you enjoy those, and don’t forget you can download a pdf of our graphic novel Boys Don’t Cry for free now, though you can still buy print copies of that, and the more recent comic The Moon of Endine at our online shop.

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