VE Schwab on her Shades Of Magic prequel comic
VE Schwab is showing us a new side to the parallel Londons of her Shades Of Magic novels. not only does The Steel Prince come in comic book form, it’s a prequel story detailing the early years of future king Maxim Maresh.
“Maxim’s definitely an antagonist for a large part of the series but I knew he had a backstory,” Schwab tells Red Alert. “I didn’t entirely know what it was – I knew he had a life before he was king and that it would change our relationship to him – but it was something that could not be conveyed in Conjuring Of Light when we learned about it, because there were too many other things that needed to happen.”
While Schwab admits book readers don’t need to catch up with the comics – “though I think it only adds to the experience of the books,” she says – they do offer the chance to take a deeper look at her richly imagined world and its characters.
“The way I see it, one of the coolest parts of my job is that I get fan art, this beautiful experience where somebody has taken something you’ve written and interpreted it through a different medium,” she says. “Comics are like commissioned fan art. Every time I get to see a new page that Andrea [Olimpieri, artist] and Enrica [Angiolini, colourist] have done, it’s like I fangirl all over again. It’s really cool and collaborative and honestly, I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful process.” RE
The Steel Prince is out now from Titan.