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Welcome back to Tyrion’s Landing! Today we’re going to reset where everyone is at to get ready for season 5! Is it April yet? Nikkie’s run out of time machines! Or so Jeannie believes.
The Fox Sister is a supernatural folktale-thriller in progress that is based in Korean myth and history. In 1961, Cho Yun Hee was a young girl when she found her family being devoured by the nine-tailed fox spirit, a shape shifting demoness. Narrowly escaping being devoured herself, she discovered to her horror that the spirit had stolen her sister’s body to live and hunt in. Seven years later, Yun Hee has become a Mudang, a shaman, as well as a college student and is hunting for the creature in Seoul. Her only confidant is Soot Bull, her dog, and her only solace is in Elvis Presley records. In the rambunctious way of dogs, Soot Bull introduces her to Alex, an American missionary and former soldier. While initially disinterested in his flirtations and his faith, Yun Hee is drawn to him out of a mutual love of Elvis and quickly discovers that the Kumiho wearing her sister’s face is stalking him and the neighbors of his church.
The Fox Sister has only been in publication for a little more than year, but it has developed an ardent fanbase devoted to its art, characters and story line. The story is projected to end after four chapters and is rapidly building to a climax. The illustration is lush and the color pallette subtly changes to suit the tone of the panel. Be warned, there are frequent gory images illustrated in all their vivid red, gory glory! North American and European fans have also been enthused to see facets of Korean culture rarely seen in mainstream media or comics, such as Mugyo, the shamanistic religion native to Korea. The accuracy of the setting and references resonate with fans of Korean descent as well.
The Authors and their Other Works
The Fox Sister is a collaborative work between author Christina Strain and illustrator Jaid Aït-Kaci. Aït-Kaci’s other major work in progress is the fantasy Sfeer Theory. Strain is former colorist at Marvel and has worked on titles such as Runaways and Spider Man Loves Mary Jane. She spent much of her childhood in South Korea, and her mother lends a hand by keeping the 1960’s period authentic.
Monster Pulse is a supernatural horror adventure story written for young adults, with expressive black-and-white art and truly cool and original subject matter. A couple kids in the Pacific Northwest stumble on a secret government experiment to create life from life, which pulls an organ from their bodies and turns it into a powerful and devoted monster. The organ is now permanently removed and independently alive but somehow still capable of performing its intended function. In the case of Bina Blum, her heart is now a six-foot-tall, incredibly strong and protective creature that still somehow pumps her blood from outside her body, as she can still check her pulse. The energy creatures that are seeking out specifically children to bond with are being hunted by their creators, the shadowy organization SHELL, which is taking extreme measures to capture or destroy them, regardless of the fact that the destruction of the monster means the destruction of the original organ. In Bina’s case at least, this means evading and fighting the agents of SHELL is a fight for her life!
In the midst of all this, the kids must still deal with being pre-teens. While the monsters and evading SHELL brings them together, they don’t necessarily have much holding them together beyond that. They have to deal with learning their parents are human and not always to be relied on, jealousy amongst friends, those first romantic feelings, and heavier issues like death and responsibility. One of the kids, Abel, is homeless for as-yet-unknown reasons, and has had to engage in petty theft to survive. All this combined makes an incredibly deep and riveting webcomic-in-progress. I was glued to the archive until I was caught up! These are very realistic characters, which is rarer and rarer in the ever widening pool of webcomics that are out there. The author has small breaks in between chapters, but otherwise sticks to a regular update schedule.
The Author and her Other Works
Magnolia Porter is a freelance illustrator, who created Monster Pulse partially out of a love for Pokemon and the Kids-And-Monsters genre. She’s also written the complete comic Bobwhite about young women in art school. Monster Pulse Book 1 will soon be released, thanks to a successful Kickstarter!