Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hey, look what I found out there!

So, I'm wasting time on the internet yesterday, and on a website devoted to cartoonists depictions of their favorite literary characters, I come across this. Wow, is that exciting. What, you aren't excited by a Leah Hernandez drawing of Flora Segunda? Then you must not be familiar with either; let me fix that right now!

Flora Segunda is the fantastic creation of Ysabeau Wilce, and first appeared in the book Flora Segunda; Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog. Flora is independent, curious and willful, and the book is just great. Set in a magical alternate world California, Flora's tale is like the beautiful love-child of the story of Aladdin's Lamp and Zorro tales. I can't recommend it or its sequel enough.

The artist depicting Flora Segunda is awesome in her own right. Leah Hernandez is one of those rare American cartoonists who brought Manga (Japanese comics) sensibilities to their comics before anyone else, and did it without sacrificing a clear sense of her own personal style. Her graphic novels Clockwork Child and Clockwork Angels were groundbreaking and genre defining. But you may know her best for her work on the Hardy Boys graphic novels.

Update: added picture and links

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