Woods & Bramble — An Anti-Fairytale

18 Dec

Blog Post #239

Woods & Bramble, a serial comic book by Brynne Johnston, an innovative, new artist in the field of illustrated narratives.

Woods is a thistle, overgrown into a girl; Bramble is a rock, weathered into a man. Their story stumbles across their partially-made world, as they delve into a search for others like them. In a folksy-meets-science-fiction journey, Woods and Bramble find the others they seek: but then must come to terms with the consequences of accepting strangers into their forest. Exploring their newly expanding world, they discover that they, too, are changing. With an anti-fairytale flourish, Woods and Bramble struggle to accept themselves, each other, and their exceedingly dubious place in the universe. ~ “Woods & Bramble” introduction, on Tabulit.

Woods & Bramble Cover Art

Illustrated with whimiscal drawings, in a muted colour palette, Woods & Bramble explores a world different from the one we know, but touches on social constructs that are all too familiar to us. As the two main characters discover new wonders about themselves and their world, they collide with concepts such as acceptance, tolerance, and belonging. This comic may seem capricious and fanciful, but it has a subtle, dark edge that forces one to look beyond the sweetness of the illustrations to some harsher, underlying truths.

Woods & Bramble is available to enjoy on Tabulit, a new and exciting digital publishing platform that circulates novels and comics on the web. The platform operates on a token system, offering subscribers 5 free tokens upon sign-up.

The goal of Tabulit is to provide a space for writers and illustrators to publish and get paid for their work — a place that simplifies the publishing process while promoting new and established creatives. A place where readers can enjoy up and coming artists and discover new favourites.

In the words of the founders: Tabulit is a place for indie creators to make their works easily accessible, and for people to find unique novels and comics that they can enjoy on the go.

If you love comics (and novels) and want to be the first to read the newest works — check out Tabulit. And while you’re there, take a look at Woods & Bramble with 8 parts now available in the serial.

Full disclosure: Woods & Bramble is a works authored by my daughter, so I do have a certain level of bias in my championing of this comic. If you enjoy comic books, graphic novels or anything fresh and unique, I encourage you to check out her work. 

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