Writer Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) and artist Katy Farina (The Amazing World of Gumball) are teaming up for the start of a new series of adventures for the entire gang. Based on Cartoon Network’s Emmy Award-nominated animated series created by Rebecca Sugar about a boy with magical powers who goes on adventures with The Crystal Gems, a team of beings who safeguard the universe. The show is approaching its fourth season and has earned millions of fans of all ages worldwide. In this kickoff issue, Steven, Lapis, and Peridot rescue a baby songbird on the ground outside the barn and work together to reunite it with its mother.
Um. That’s meant to be a Connie impression. heh. Anyways
AAHHH THESE COMICS ARE SO GOOD! I mean, I did like the first eight comics but something about the art didn’t sit well with me. I get that different styles are OK but it was so far detached from the show style, which in itself is so unique, detailed, and beautiful… eeehhh. Also there were multiple, shorter stories in each issue (I believe the Big Donut special is also like this?). Steven and the Crystal Gems was also lovely but it was a four-part story
(guess which part was my fave hahaha), so it was bloody great but much longer. Spread over a few months, this made for awkward, interrupted reading in what should be a smoothly sequential story. I now have it as a physical copy including all four parts, which IMO is much better (I believe Antigravity is going to be like this - which I am already squeeing my ass off for thanks to an interview with the writer and artists!).
But these comics are one self-contained story; they’re short and sweet so they come off just like the episodes. In terms of the show I feel this is an ideal length, and as they are also released monthly I think this is a much better pace. They also have a lot more focus on the human characters; with two of the three issues released so far being focussed on Kiki Pizza, and Mayor and Buck Dewey. These are all characters I feel haven’t had enough attention in the show. Don’t get me wrong; obvies I <3 Ronaldo to bits(!) but the guy has had three episodes, plus Horror Club. Both Kiki and Mayor Dewey have had… one each! Buck’s been in a few more but apart from Shirt Club his episodes feature him as one part of the Cool Kids.
My worry about the show going forward is that as the sci-fi elements get
more intense (which I love too!), we’ll see less
and less of the Beach City humans. So knowing they may stick around in
comic form is encouraging. I will miss the voice actors though! :s
The art in these comics is just gorgeous. It’s neat and clean and is much much closer to the show’s style. The backgrounds are also coloured in a similar way to the show, but it’s not as detailed so it doesn’t distract too much from reading the bubbles and the characters’ expressions in each panel. It’s recognisably Steven Universe but the intricacy is reeled in just enough to not be overwhelming. Lovely stuff.
Take this for example:
hahahaaaaa! The Mayor being all overbearing and mushy, totally not getting what being a teen is all about. And poor Buck; I can see the eyeroll under those sunglasses! :P
I’m so pleased these are finally on Comixology in the UK. For the first two issues, they weren’t available here so I was hearing about all this awesome stuff and not being able to read it! The first one of Lapis and Peridot taking care of a bird sucked me right into the series - and I feel it covered a lot of possible development in their relationship that the show simply can’t spend the time on. Lapis is also much much more comfortable in herself and is able to teach Steven a thing or two, while Peridot provides some wonderful comic relief - without resorting to Goblin Mode! Those who have criticised how she is drawn in the show now will not find such issues here! I think these comics are well worth the read, and as they’re on digital download they’re only a couple of quid! Read ‘em and squee!
The Other Side is a queer paranormal romance comic anthology. It will be a 200 page long, black and white, soft-bound book, featuring 19 gorgeous stories by 24 creators. It showcases a wide variety of styles, mediums, and approaches to the genre. Each story delivers on a promise: bring one new story about unambiguously queer characters in love and paranormality into the world. The book is carefully curated and thoughtfully edited, with beautiful artwork throughout.
The Other Side Anthology is co-edited by anthology veterans Melanie Gillman and Kori Michele Handwerker. It will be printed in the United States and contributing artists are paid for their work.
Thank you for your support! Check out the Kickstarter page for more info and a look at the art inside. Please share this post and spread the word!
*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2017***** Retail Price: $14.99 Writer: Melanie Gillman Artist: Katy Farina Cover Artist: Missy Peña Writer Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) and artist Katy Farina (The Amazing World of Gumball) team up for the start of a new series of adventures! This first collected edition includes stories where the Gems help a lost baby bird, enter a food truck competition, go to a prom, and take part in a Renaissance Faire! Includes Steven Universe #1-4.