RAT QUEENS Writer Returns With New Fantasy Family Drama in DRYAD

Credit: Justin Osterling (Oni Press)
Credit: Justin Osterling (Oni Press)

Rat Queens writer/co-creator Kurtis Wiebe is launching a second fantasy series, this time based on parenthood.

Launching this March from Oni Press, Dryad by Wiebe and artist Justin Osterling follows an elf and a human who start a family in a small hamlet known as Frostbrook.

"While Dryad is a deep study of family, it's primarily a story about what parents do to protect their children and what lengths they would go to keep them safe," Wiebe said. "Dryad is also equal parts mystery and action with a few sizable twists and turns to keep readers on their toes,” says Kurtis."

Credit: Justin Osterling (Oni Press)

In Dryad, the elf/human family includes twins who inadvertantly get pulled into an ancient, magical door - leading thier parents after them.

"Dryad is a story that I've been working on in one form or another since I became a father five years ago," said Wiebe. "I wanted to tell a story about a couple whose lives were irrevocably changed by becoming parents, and I wanted to set it against a backdrop where I'd never really found a slice of life, family drama to be set: a fantasy world."

Osterling makes his comic book debut with Dryad, after graduating from the Savannah College of Art & Design and working on character designs for Roll20.

Credit: Justin Osterling (Oni Press)

"When Kurtis came to me about Dryad, it was a breath of fresh air for me in terms of fantasy," Osterling said. "There was a lot of research on my side, pulling from the art so many classic traditional fantasy illustrators but I also wanted to explore influences not traditionally associated with it like Hayao Miyazaki and Masamune Shirow; but also into First Nations and Latin symbology and architecture. While a lot of fantasy is set with European influences, we really wanted something that was reflected in the Americas and it’s many cultures."

Dryad #1 is scheduled to debut March 4.

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