You can learn more about “The Queen of the Orcs” trilogy and the world it takes place in on my father’s website: morganhowell.com
There’s a spin-off stand alone novel that was recently published called “A Single Deed” which is available on E-Readers and paperback.
Also available through the website is the “Shadowed Path” trilogy which takes place roughly 100 years after the events in “Queen of the Orcs.”
The coolest thing we heard after “Queen of the Orcs” was published was when we were contacted by a group of LARPers asking to base their Orcs off of my Dad’s books. Somewhere online you can find them and read the lore they wrote inspired by my Dad’s books. How neat is that?
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Even though comics by and large are a lot more accessible and easy to fall into, it usually takes me a few pages to really get into the work. Whenever I’m in a bookstore any comic I buy has to pass my test. First I will flip through the book for a cursory scan of the art to see if it’s a style I can eat. Then I’ll read the first five pages, and if I find myself reading the next five then I’m buying the book.
Webcomics are different obviously but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself completely in love with Sarah Graley’s comics after just reading a single strip.
One of the things you discover in a long term relationship is a bizarre level of comfort you establish with your partner. In most relationships it’s only a matter of time before both parties start testing the waters to see if there’s a “weirdness threshold” that they might surpass.
My partner and I are both guilty of performing freakish sound duets, realizing we’re in public, and questioning our own sanity.
And yet this (I assert fundamental) part of romantic relationships is entirely left out of nearly every romantic movie, book, or song you’ll ever enjoy. At no point during “The Notebook,” do you ever see Ryan Gosling wear Rachel Mcadams’s panties like a hat and waddle around naked like a duck as he makes farting noises.
Never in “Romeo and Juliet” would you read this exchange:
Juliet: “Did you hear me queefing last night? at first I thought it was you because you ate all that pork? but then I realized it was me and started humming a little so you wouldn’t notice.”
Romeo: “That was you?? I thought it was me and that’s why I started humming!”
Juliet: “What we need to do is feed you pork every night, but also decide in advance what song to hum so we can harmonize.”
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What I’m getting at is that Sarah Graley’s work perfectly captures these moments. She boldly exposes herself and her boyfriend in such a way that I immediately felt like I knew them both.
Graley’s style is delightfully cute and thought out. Her sense of humor is as wonderfully zany as it is precise. And in a world of independent comics that often focuses on dramatic relationships, it truly is a breath of fresh air to read strips that reflect the comfort and trust of two people who genuinely like each other.
Even when Graley depicts moments of annoyance and irrationality, you can sense affection behind each scene.
So stop what you’re doing and check out her work here!
She has books in print too! So if you have the means I fully recommend adding her books to your collection! You can also follow her on Twitter.
Sarah is down to earth and fun, if it wasn’t for her wonderful comics her sheer mentality as an artist is one to look up to.