A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

What is CORA?

Since the first book of Cora is due to come out about 2 1/2 months from now, here's a little background of the story.

Cora is the follow-up to a story I wrote and drew called Rose and Isabel, that follows two sisters (Rose and Isabel Callaghan) during the American Civil War. The three brothers of the Callaghan family go missing during the fighting so Rose and Isabel leave their home in Virginia to find them and bring them back safely. What is revealed in the story is that the female side of the Callaghan family has descended from a long line of women warriors of the past. The sisters have some knowledge of their lineage, but it remains mostly hazy to them.

CORA takes place 18 years after the story that began in Rose and Isabel. Isabel and her family live a peaceful existence in the American West around the time of the closing of the western frontier (1888). Her daughter Cora is an 18 year old who knows nothing of her family's ancestry, and lives a simple frontier life with her mother, father and brother. The whereabouts of Rose remain unknown after her mysterious disappearance from the family home in Virginia 20 years earlier.



The book I'm working on now is the first book of four (or more) and will be the set up for a much larger story that will take place throughout the American West. The story will mainly follow Cora, but will jump around throughout Rose and Isabel's past, starting from their birth in 1842. At this stage I've already roughed a number of pages for book two that will deal with Rose's troubled childhood as her innate abilities unfold. All of the characters' stories (and some new ones too) will eventually collide in what I'm planning to be a cataclysmic finale somewhere in the New Mexico desert.
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11 comments:

j. said...

i've said it before, but i cannot wait to read this. you kick huge amounts of butt!

Emma said...

This is going to be super-cool... I too cannot wait.

Bonnie said...

sounds fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I can see Cora in the same vein as Godfather II, Empire Strikes Back, Toy Story II where the sequel is better than the original. I find it interesting that you are working in the younger Rose back story in order to give the context of the path that she choose in R&I. Your blog is giving me inspiration to watch the great classics like Kurosawa flicks or westerns like High Noon where characterization and visuals are main stay.

cK

Monkeyfeather said...

Man, this is going to be a huge story. Can't wait to read the first book!

jacks said...

nice blog!

Anita said...

Oh man, I cannot wait for this book to come out! My greedy mitts are itching to hold it! CAN'T WAIT!!

Wendy said...

I would be interested in getting Rose and Isabel for my eldest daughter. Would I find it anywhere in the Eastern Part of the States?

I look forward to visiting your blog again.

Ted M said...

thanks everybody!

wendy - thank you for your interest. at the moment, the books are only available through the paypal links, comic shops and conventions listed in the sidebar.

The Elusive Labourer said...

Looks very interesting.

Amreen said...

Where can I get the book?