There is a force out there, and it craves a good tale. Called "The Binding," it carefully constructs the most unbelievable scenarios. These events, when written down, have formed the most well-known books and stories known to man. The characters in these stories are known as Lineage Children, and their descendants can never truly escape the actions of their progenitors.
Sire is about those Lineage Children.
If you don't mind old art and hammy writing, the beginning can be a good place to start. But Chapter 7 is also written as a decent jumping-in point. If you want to give the comic a quick try, I'd recommend starting there.
Q: So who does all this?
A: I do! I'm Alexis Royce. I'm a college graduate with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art (a fancy way of saying that I tailored my major to focus on comics), and a minor in English. I draw this and Evil Plan, a story about a mad scientist supervillain. I also go to a fair number of anime conventions each year with my wife, Chelsea "ChibiSilverWings" Capobianco. I spent five years pricing used and antiquarian books for a small bookshop here in Michigan, before striking it out on my own as a professional freelance artist. If you're ever interested in getting art of your own, my prices and examples can be found here.
Q: I hit the end of the archive, and your "next page" button isn't working. I would like more pages, please.
A: Lookit you and your moxie! Well, you're in luck. My Patreon page is a month ahead. Yeah, I know, it sucks to get money involved. But the minimum donation is 25 cents a week, so even if you have very little money, you still get to read ahead. Again, I hate to ask for money, but this is what I use for food. I have no day job, just the money people throw at me for arts.
Q: Why the interest in old books?
A: I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on. Old popular works quickly became my favorite, because of the number of adaptations each story could get. I loved seeing how a tale would grow and change with each re-imagining. When I see a film or play that brings something new to a book instead of copying it, I get very excited. Sire's supposed to be kind of like that.
Q: I've heard of these books before, but never read them. Where can I get them?
A: You are in luck, my friend! The books covered in Sire are all regarded fondly in the western literary canon, so if you're reading in an English-speaking nation, chances are you can borrow them for free at a library. If they're not at your library or you'd rather own them, check Amazon.com or AbeBooks.com. Most of them have been translated into dozens of languages, so yours may well be covered. You might even love a book so much you start collecting alternate translations!
Q: How do you make the pages? What kind of materials do you use?
A: I used to draw on Deleter B5 manga paper, (which is heavy and smooth like bristol board, with delicious metric rulers on the outer edges). I used to use Copic multiliners and Staedtler pens for inking and scan with a beautiful Epson printer. But this past year, I've started inking, toning and lettering in Manga Studio 5, using an oversized Wacom Intuos 3. I do miss working with ink, but this does allow me to do many more layers of sketches and zoom in on small areas, which results in less clunky work.
Q: Are you ever going to cover [MY FAVORITE BOOK HERE]?
A: Maybe! I'm not going to tell you ahead of time, though. You'll just have to wait and see.
Q: What's going to happen next?
A: Listen, mon ami. The beauty in a story isn't what happens, it's in how it's told. If I tell you, then the suspense is ruined, and you don't get to have fun guessing. How about you leave a comment telling me what you think will happen next? Sometimes readers come up with ideas I didn't even consider. I probably won't use them, but I will talk to my wife about how cool you are while we eat dinner.
Q: Can you come to [THIS CONVENTION NEAR ME]?
A: Send me an email or something and I'll see. Traveling is pretty expensive, so please don't be sad if I say no.
Q: But I work for [THIS CONVENTION NEAR ME].
A: Email me, and let's chat!