Knight & Dragon
Story: Matt Gibbs
Illustration: Bevis Musson
Colours: Nathan Ashworth
Format: full colour; 64 pages; soft cover, perfect bound, 178mm width x 254mm height (7” x 10”)
Written by Matt Gibbs and illustrated by Bevis Musson, with colours by Nathan Ashworth, KNIGHT & DRAGON playfully subverts the story of a heroic Knight defeating a ferocious Dragon to rescue the fair Maiden, by offering variant paths and multiple outcomes to the classic fairy tale adventure.
Each narrative begins the same, with a beleaguered Knight riding his Horse into a seemingly deserted village, where the majority of the Villagers mistake him for a heroic warrior. Distracted by the beauty of the Maiden, before he really knows what he’s doing, the Knight agrees to fight a Dragon and, much to the Maiden’s evident dismay, the Village Chief offers the Knight her hand in marriage should he succeed. Learning too late from the Villagers that the Dragon is both huge and ferocious, the despondent Knight heads out to meet his fate, and at this point the stories begin to diverge…
From here, the Knight, Dragon and Maiden, along with the Horse, Farmhand and Village Chief, provide different paths through the unfolding narratives before reaching different endings.
Designed with both print and digital in mind, Knight & Dragon is a picture book comic for all ages, due out in 2013.
You can also download a PDF version of the Knight & Dragon preview (Knight’s Tale).
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