One of the things I wanted to write about when I started this blog was comics, web based comics in particular. One of the reasons being is that I really enjoy them, I have a list that I hit everyday. Another reason is that a lot of the comics I’ve found online are written and/or drawn by women. It seems women artists and writers have really carved out a niche for themselves by producing online comics, unlike in the mainstream where they are still very much in the minority.
At any rate, one of the writer/artists I’ve been following for the last six months or so is Dylan Meconis. Her webcomic, Bite Me!, is a hilarious mash up of Revolutionary France and the Interview with a Vampire mythos. It’s a lot of fun and I highly recommend it, especially if you’re getting sick of all the sparkly vampires we’ve been inundated with recently.
Dylan completed posting that comic a little over a year ago (she finished writing and drawing it back in 2004) and has been working and posting her latest project, Family Man, since 2006.
Family Man is more serious in tone than Bite Me!, although you will probably recognize a character or two. The protagonist, Luther Levy is struggling with questions of faith, race, and truth, both personal, academic and supernatural. There is no doubting that the setting, Germany during The Age of Reason, has been meticulously researched – you should see Dylan’s reading list. So much so, that the story has yet to hit the main thrust of the narrative, even after four years of very hard work. That is how vast the canvas that Dylan is using to paint her story.
Dylan only updates the comic once a week, on Wednesdays, so it may seem very slow to see the story develop. Truth be told, it often feels like we are on the geological timescale. The good news is that the time frame works in the reader’s favour, as it provides the artist the time required to to draw some amazingly detailed images (check out the library!) The art is so rich you can practically smell the books and hear the scratching of the quill pens. The atmosphere is further enhanced by the use of sepia tones, instead of full colour or black and white. The colour palette really sets the tone for the story being told here.
Luther’s adventures are only beginning and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for him now that he’s getting settled into his new life at the university.
I hope you enjoy Family Man. Let me know what you think.
BTW, if you do enjoy Family Man, you can pre-order Volume 1 at Dylan’s Temple of Commerce. You can also pick up the printed edition of Bite Me! which would make an excellent Mother’s Day gift – hint, hint!
Find out more about Dylan’s at Heroine of the Hour, her online portfolio and live journal.
Please note that all art work used in this post is owned and copyrighted by Dylan Meconis – Heroine of the Hour.