Micah Amundsen, a Rochester comic creator, will sign copies of their first solo printed graphic novel, “Cursed,” Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Book Review. The volume is the first of 10 planned in the series.
The story follows a pair of pick-pocketing brothers who are cursed by a wizard and team up with another compulsive thief to try to reverse the magic.
“Cursed” was self-published through a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier in the year. Backers of the campaign can pick up print copies of the comic at the signing Saturday.
“I had about 34 backers, a little over a thousand dollars,” the Amundsen said. “I just got the books -- I got like a hundred copies.”
Amundsen, 23, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout last year, has been working on the series since high school (they attended John Marshall), and waited for their art skills to mature before diving in fully.
They’ve scripted books two and three out in full, and have a loose outline sorted out for the rest of the series.
It’s not Amundsen’s first crack at comics in general -- they’ve published a webcomic for several years, and Kickstarted a capstone project toward the end of their college career.
Look for a balance of realism and “cartoony” styles in their work -- hyper-realistic backgrounds, juxtaposed with caricatured people.
Amundsen prefers to write sci-fi and fantasy stories, mainly in the young adult age range.
“I’m really drawn to themes of identity and the self, and gender and the relationships between body and mind,” Amundsen said. “I like to play around with the medium a little bit -- what makes comics unique and how to tell a story that can’t be told in animation and movies.”
Further down the line, Amundsen hopes to work with publishers to continue the graphic novel series. The signing at Book Review may help raise their profile -- and readership.
“I’m really self-driven -- I’m going to write comics no matter what,” they said.