Castle Waiting

Castle Waiting

Volume 1

eBook - 2012
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Castle Waiting is the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, it is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil -- but about being a hero in your own home. The opening chapter tells the origin of the castle itself, which is abandoned by its princess in a comic twist on "Sleeping Beauty" when she rides off into the sunset with her Prince Charming. The castle becomes a refuge for misfits, outcasts, and others seeking sanctuary, playing host to a lively and colorful cast of characters that inhabits the subsequent stories, including a talking anthropomorphic horse, a mysteriously pregnant Lady on the run, and a bearded nun. Linda Medley lavishly illustrates Castle Waiting in a classic visual style reminiscent of Arthur Rackham and William Heath Robinson. Blending elements from a variety of sources -- fairy tales, folklore, nursery rhymes -- Medley tells the story of the everyday lives of fantastic characters with humor, intelligence, and insight into human nature.
Publisher: [United States] : Fantagraphics Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781606996027
1606996029
Call Number: Digital Comic
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Medley, Linda
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A personal favorite. Playful and wry fairy tales. For teens and adults.

Ok, "Game of Thrones" it is NOT, but there are so many intriguing story threads that this medieval humor series could take you. A wry, original mix that combines Monty Python comedy with Thrones-ish characters. A perfect companion to Terry Gilliam's "Jabberwocky." Huzzah!


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marai
Apr 24, 2014

A delightful book chronicling the intertwining stories of a series of misfits living in 'castle waiting.' It is tender, funny, and imaginative. Well worth a read for any age or interest.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

Alternately hilarious and tender, this story (within a story within a story within a story, at times) is lovely and fun. It combines fairy tales, fairy tale elements, and heart, and is well-drawn. I was hard-pressed to pic a favorite character, and I can't wait to continue the adventure in volume 2! :)

I recommend this for fans of fairy tales, wry humor, graphic novels that tell stories, imagination, and medieval fantasy.

vickiboo Aug 17, 2011

Other reviews have called this graphic novel charming, whimsical, ironic, unique and hilarious. I fully agree! A series of interconnected tales - the first is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty and sheds some light on the origins of Castle Waiting- are also examples of friendship, caring for others and loyalty. Not all the characters' background are explained, and this may frustrate some readers. However, the tales contained in vol. 1, such as Sister Peace and the nuns of Saint Wilgeforte are satisfying in themselves. I, for one, am looking forward to vol. 2

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kbosch1
Jul 22, 2011

A totally engaging read! I'm new to graphic novels and I really loved it. Funny, thoughtful and not at all what you'd expect.

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Ninja123
May 31, 2010

Lots of old time favourites with a new twist.

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GGirl
Sep 04, 2008

The story changes all the time and is sometimes hard to follow. It borrows some Christian stories ideas. Book layout is in comic book style, with many chapters.

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