I’ve been a little slow on reporting this news but doesn’t mean I’m any less excited about it.
Now if you were to think Indiana Jones with mice that would put you in the right frame of mind to read the comic. I would say that for me its closet links would be to the Rainbow Orchid series by Garen Ewing and the Tintin books.
Sceptre of the Sun follows the exploits of Jack Redpath and Vicky Jones as they attempt to unravel a mystery surrounding an ancient stone tablet unearthed during an archaeological excavation in Egypt. This tablet is the first marker on an adventure that sees them racing around the world in search of a legendary treasure. Joined by their friends Cornelius Field, Prof. Walter Harvest-Scott, and Elisabeth Harvest-Scott, together they must prevent a powerful artefact falling into unscrupulous paws.
Also great news for the Mulp team is they have now been taken on by publishers Improper Books. To me this is not only great news as Improper Books have been turning out some fantastic titles but also a great fit in terms of the kind of stories they have been telling up until now.
“Mulp is wonderful, just wonderful,” said Benjamin Read, one of the founders of Improper Books. “We’ve been working with Matt for a number of years now, both in his role as managing editor of Improper, and as the writer of the excellent Knight & Dragon, and we all hugely respect his keen eye for a story. It made perfect sense for us to take on his and Sara’s brilliant book to add to our growing all-ages line. It’s everything we look for in an Improper book – smart storytelling, great art, and fascinating characters.”
On the anthropomorphic nature of the comic, Matt said, “Ever since reading Brian Jacques’ Redwall series as a child, I’ve enjoyed stories with anthropomorphic characters, especially ones featuring mice and rats. Working with Sara on MULP allows me to explore that fascination, as well as my passion for archaeology and history. Sara is also the perfect collaborator, sharing that same fascination, and I adore how she has brought our characters to life.”
“It has been a delight to submerge myself in the world that Matt and I have created, being in a mouse-made environment threw up so many questions, possibilities and inventive answers,” said Sara, about creating and illustrating MULP. “Mice markets where they slice up giant fruit to order, domesticated lizards and beetles, trees that are to the same scale as the Great Pyramids, and planes made of wood. MULP has been a great pleasure to work on, I can’t wait to explore the rest of the story with our characters.”
So if you like any of the aforementioned similar titles or a fan of anthropomorphic comics then I would take a look at Mulp #1. I, for one, will be marking off my calendar until Mulp #2 is launched sometime before the end of this year.
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