Disenchanted is a comic. A free one.
It launches on Monday 28th October and it’s something I’m a bit bloody proud of. It’ll be a webcomic first and foremost: 12 new pages, free to air, every Monday, over on www.disenchantedcomic.com. Maybe you bookmark that now, eh?
We’ll collect it every six months in a very tasty print volume. The first one will look like this.
Listen: Disenchanted is about fucking fairies.
By which I mean: goddam twee stupid bloody fairies, not literally fucking fairies. Although, now I think about it, there’s some of that too.
Actually, Disenchanted's not really about fairies at all - that's just a sneaky way to get your attention. The old double-take thing, y'know? “About fairies? Gah! Sounds all the awfuls! Except, wait… he just totally did a badswear… and isn’t he that guy who does weirdo storyword brainbreaky stuff? So… I don’t get it. Are there fucking fairies in it and are they fucking twee or fucking not!?”
Yes, there are fairies in it. No, they’re not twee.
Disenchanted's about what happens when you take sentimentality away from superstition.
Actually, sod it: Disenchanted’s about a city. A city made of soda cans, cereal boxes, milk cartons and Christmas-tree lights. A city built in an abandoned London Underground station. A city which is home to 1 million dispossessed, heartbroken, forgotten little creatures whom Nobody Believes In Any More.
It’s basically The Borrowers by way of The Wire.
Disenchanted is about the place where magic went to die.
There are cops. There are murders. There are mobs. There are drugs made of fear-glamours and interracial hatred and crazy nutcase religious zealots and more xenophobia than you can shake a hate-stick at. There are leprechauns, piskies, goblins, hobs, feyfolk, kobolds, brownies and boggarts. There are ridiculous static-zapping riot-control weapons. There are seagulls and sushi-leftovers and so much sleaze you’ll slip in spunk if you don’t look where you’re going. Disenchanted is about the race-riots, it’s about organised crime, it’s about religious discontent, it’s about terrorism, it’s the fucking spirit of urbania, ladies and gentlemen, alive and well and pissing on your traditions, and frankly if you or I aren’t sure whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing that superstition has been relegated to a position of pejorative dismissal then how do you think the fucking people who live and breathe it feel…?
Disenchanted is about a family. Three generations. The youths, the adults, the elders. Falling apart at the seams. And all wondering: why should you believe in yourself, if nobody believes in you?
Monday 28th October, www.disenchantedcomic.com. Be there.
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