With its long-awaited second volume, Linda Medley's witty and sublimely drawn fantasy eases into a relaxed comedy of manners as Lady Jain settles into her new life in Castle Waiting.
Unexpected visitors result in the discovery and exploration of a secret passageway, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies' underpants, the identity of Pindar's father, the education of Simon, Rackham and Chess arguing about the "manly arts," and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the elements in this delightful new volume.
The book also includes many flashbacks that deepen the stories behind the characters, including Jain's earliest romantic entanglements and conflicts with her bratty older sisters, the horrific past of the enigmatic Dr. Fell, and more.
Originally released in a slightly shorter version when the series ceased publication, this new edition includes over 60 pages' worth of brand new additional story and epilogue, and the entire book has been re-lettered in a livelier, more inviting style for an even more engaging reading experience.
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Praise for the original edition:
Named the Best Graphic Novel of 2010 by Johanna Draper Carlson at Comics Worth Reading
Named to the following "best of 2010" lists: Publishers Weekly's Fifth Annual Critics Poll, Comics-and-More's Top 20 Comics of 2010, Shaenon Garrity at The Daily Cross Hatch, and Janet Lee at Robot 6
"Theres very little to compare to Castle Waiting in fantasy in any form: its more comprehensively domestic than any other work I know. [...] As always, Medleys art is precise, almost gem-like, with special emphasis on her characters faces this is a quiet, warm story about people, and its the people that are the most important. For readers who can slow down to appreciate it, Castle Waiting is well worth the wait." Andrew Wheeler, Realms of Fantasy
"Shirking the snarling monsters, epic battles and balls-out masculinity of most fantasy comics, Castle Waiting focuses squarely on the lives of its female characters, delivering a drolly humorous, women-centric fairy tale." Stephen Rice, Bizarre
"Medley is a master storyteller, and the character-driven linked tales that make up this graphic series are warm, funny, and peppered with sly in-jokes and references." Niki Papadopoulos, Bitch
"Reading Medley's comic is like being welcomed home by a group of good friends. What moves the story forward is the characters and how their paths entwine with each other. The not-quite fairytale setting enhances the quality by providing familiar territory for readers, but also allows Medley to have talking animals, ghosts, magic, and other elements we all wish were real in her comic. It's not an adventure or a fantasy, but something entirely new. Castle Waiting will engulf your imagination." Whitney Grace, Comics Buyers Guide
Praise for Vol. 1:
2007 Eisner Award nominee: Best Graphic Album — Reprint, Best Publication Design (Adam Grano)
2007 Harvey Award nominee: Best Graphic Album — Previously Published
Official Selection, 2008 Festival International de la Bande Desinée de Angoulême (French edition)
"20 Essential Albums for Summer 2008," lAssociation des Critiques de Bandes Dessinées (French edition)
Finalist, Prix de la Critique 2008, lAssociation des Critiques de Bandes Dessinées (French edition)
"With its quiet blend of fantasy, folktales, and character-driven storytelling, this charming collection brings the first 12 issues of an Eisner Award-winning comic-book series to a wider audience... Medley's storytelling... uses flashbacks and stories-within-stories in a manner that creates a rhythm that is both fun and gripping. Hard-edged lines with simple forms create black-and-white artwork that melds nicely with the fairy-tale feel of the stories. This volume is accessible for younger readers but filled with enough layers and depth to satisfy those looking for a bit more sophistication." – School Library Journal
"Castle Waiting creates a vibrant fantasy world not unlike The Lord of the Rings' Middle-earth but with a focus on the lives of women. Gorgeously illustrated in black and white, the book combines Christian and mythological imagery, including a bearded female saint, Rumpelstiltskin and various animal-headed characters. Fun to read and look at, Castle Waiting will enthrall fantasy readers of both genders." – Time
"A set of linked nouveaux fairy tales, this graphic novel extends the story of Sleeping Beauty into a modern, feminist Chaucer. Medley's art is both exquisitely detailed and fantastically lighthearted. Though appropriate for all ages, this one-of-a-kind graphic novel is likely to appeal most to smart women in their 20s and older — much older — and to any man who believes in feminism and knows how to laugh." – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"There's a clear salute to the power of sisterhood in Castle Waiting's stories of battered and exploited women banding together with kindly men to make a new world... The Castle Waiting castle draws people looking for a safe place to rest. The Castle Waiting book draws readers looking for much the same. Club rating: A-" – The Onion A.V. Club
"Medleys big book ranks with Jeff Smiths Bone as a nearly-all-ages graphic-novel triumph." – Booklist "Core Collection: Graphic Women"