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I’m going to be blunt.  I think Sara Goetter is a genius.  I enjoy her art blogI like following her on twitterbut most of all I love her comics, in particular her fantasy comic “Boozle.”

Normally I’d offer a brief synopsis on the plot of said web comic but in fact Sara herself describes it best with her Patreon video:

When I started to read Boozle I quickly realized that I had stumbled upon a page turner that was near and dear to my heart.  The art, the story, the characters all coalesced into this absolute banquet of a comic.  It has everything I wanted from a good fantasy comic: an established world/lore, racial diversity, humor!

But I’d like to focus on one character in particular, “Bitsy.”  Bitsy is (I’m guessing) a nine foot tall half ton cyclops.  As such she is well prepared to deliver a wallop when necessary:

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But guess what?  She’s also hands down the most lovable character I’ve seen in some time:

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Looking at Goetter’s fan art it’s easy to spot her influences.  Link, Mario, Guko, and a handful of other popular adventurers all make themselves known.

On the surface Bitsy is the typical “gentle giant” character, but she’s so much more.  What makes Bitsy so brilliant is that Goetter imbues her with all the traits that we normally assign to young male protagonists.  She’s outgoing, brave, trusting, and stubborn.  She’s everything we’ve come to expect from adventures, but wrapped up in a package none of us have seen before.

Unlike the typical male hero, however, Bitsy unabashedly wears her emotions on her sleeve.  She worries about being liked, she’s empathetic, and supportive of her friends.  None of her vulnerabilities are depicted as weaknesses however, as is so often the case with female protagonists.  Despite being a cyclops, she is beautifully human.

All this results in a wonderfully accessible character who doesn’t have the body, gender, or skin tone that seems to come automatically with every hero we’ve come to expect from the genre.

Boozle’s storyline delightfully meanders enough that it’s not a given that Bitsy will remain in the story forever (technically the comic is about a wizard, after all), but I sincerely hope that Goetter doesn’t follow the “kill your darlings” writing technique that so many folk seem to employ.

I am not saying that Boozle couldn’t stand on its own without Bitsy, as it would be an insult to Goetter’s wonderful story telling talent, but I would be devastated nevertheless.

So stop what you’re doing and read this comic now. 

Sara has done other comics in addition to Boozle which you can access through her website.  You can also support her through tiny monthly donations through Patreon, even dollar counts so please give her your monies!