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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 31

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Andi Watson’s Glister…

Enjoy!

Glister is a three-issue series that Andi Watson came out with at Image back in 2007. Andi Watson is one of the comic world’s great treasures, because he provides such a great variety of comic book ideas.

In the case of Glister, the comic is about a little girl named Glister, who lives with her father in a practically haunted mansion (with a troll who lives in their well). For whatever reason, Glister attracts weirdness, so her father and her comes across so many oddities in their daily life that the term “oddity” practically no longer applies!

Andi Watson provided some early previews of each of the three issues before they came out, and I’m going to share excerpts of his excerpts, to give you an idea of what the comic is like.

Here is a bit from issue #1…

Watson is a very good storyteller with both his artwork and his script writing, as you can see above, he hits each beat nicely.

The ghost’s problem is that he is an author who has gotten a reputation for having the worst endings to his novel (to the point where there is now a contest where people compete to see who can come up with the worst endings). He wants Glister’s help in transcribing his great lost novel.

Issue #2 is a rollicking fun issue where their home, Chilblain Hall, ends up disappearing during a “town judging” competition.

Here is some background on Chiblain Hall…

Glister #3, I think, was the best of the lot. It is a Christmas tale…

The importance of the faeries moving in next door happens when Glister is contacted by her (missing and thought to be dead) mother through Glister’s mirror.

Obviously, Glister DOES end up in faerieland, and it is a very disturbing sequence of events to read, as Glister gets more and more caught up in the faeries’ web of lies, all for the very real possibility of meeting her mother again. Watson pulls off an excellent treat here – as the trick is obvious to us, but at the same time, it is not a case of Glister being a dummy to fall for the tricks, as the faeries are taking advantage of something so sacred to her – her mother.

Luckily, though, Glister is no ordinary little girl, and she has been taught well, so it is quite endearing to see Watson show her get trapped in the land of the faeries, but never see her lose her composure, even in the face of some tough circumstances (really, the whole thing is quite scary).

Watson really is quite a storyteller, with the way he weaves in a number of tiny threads, but they all pay off – even the whole deal about her father turning Christmas into almost a chore for Glister.

What I love the most about this series is that it is an all-ages book that does not talk down to its audience. Yes, it is appropriate for kids, but it is not afraid to get a little scary at times.

I recently found out that Glister is RETURNING this March! Awesome!

3 Comments

Glister is an absolutely fantastic comic. Definitely one of Watson’s best, though I think I’d go with Love Fights as my favorite of his if I had a gun to my head.

A thirteen year old girl who wears a dress, makes tea, and embroiders? Has the world gone mad?! Oh, Andi Watson is British.

I have to get these comics.

I haven’t heard of this. Come to think of it I haven’t heard from Andi Watson since Love Fights.

I’ve a feeling I’m not the target audience for this though.

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