SPX Debuts – A Mysterious Cult And A Greek Myth Come To Life In Bacchanalia

SVA graduate Molly Ostertag, the artist on the successfully Kickstarted print version of the webcomic Strong Female Protagonist, now picked up by Top Shelf, produced a striking new comic as part of her senior thesis at SVA: Bacchanalia. I had the good fortune to look at some of the original pages at an SVA open day and was immediately intrigued by this comic that blends modern life with ancient myth, and produces some truly entrancing spread pages that suggest the ongoing power of the wild, mythical past. Bacchanalia will debut at Small Press Expo this weekend.

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Bacchanalia is described thus:

Josiah is still recovering from a bad breakup when he stumbles upon a hidden world of drug- and drink-fueled dance parties happening in the forest near his college. A handsome stranger who speaks in riddles, Greek myth come to life, and a missing toy lure Josiah into a mysterious cult. Bacchanalia is a 24-page black and white comic about love, grief, and the seduction of altered states of consciousness.

Here’s our preview of this intriguing new book:

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About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.

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