NEW SHADES

VE Sch­wab on her Shades Of Magic pre­quel comic

SFX - - Red Alert -

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.

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