Lion Forge has announced a new series by Adam Smith, V.V. Glass, and Hilary Jenkins at Emerald City Comic Con. The comic is called At the End of Your Tether, and here’s what it’s about:
It’s 1997 and Ludo is heartbroken. Arlo was the only real bond he had made in a stiff military upbringing. But since a move to a different air base led to their breakup, Ludo has been acting out—fights in school, skipping classes… He feels directionless now, and it’s beginning to weigh on him.
News of a trip back to their former home means that he will have to face Arlo at some point, so to ease his nerves, he gives her a quick phone call. Big laughs and a familiar sort of cadence in her voice don’t just instantly calm him down — they make him excited to see her. But when his family shows up at the base the next day, they find out Arlo has been missing…for a week.
Ludo can’t figure it all out. He had only spoken to her the night before. Why didn’t she say anything about being in danger? Where the hell is she? Ludo sees an opportunity to redeem himself and takes it upon himself to find her. It’s the first time since leaving that he feels he has a purpose; something he can fix.
But as Ludo gets further into the investigation, and details of her disappearance begin to surface, he starts to question how well everyone on base, in town, and even he really knew her. Gone without a trace, the girl he once knew everything about has now become a mystery. Where is Arlo Quinones?
In the press release, Smith, the writer, said:
I am a really big fan of a particular sort of coming of age stories. I mean particular in that my favorites have always funneled that experience and feeling into genre in some form or fashion. Strange, weird, magical little things that take the experience of growing up and magnify that feeling with classic tropes. That’s how At the End of Your Tether began; the idea of a coming of age noir, a crime story that could only be solved by growing up.
Artist Glass added:
What I’ve found especially exciting in making this is being able to mess with expectation – it’s basically a noir story, but in the 90’s of all things. The protagonist’s a troubled teen who has a fantastic emotionally-supportive relationship with his parents. There’s a love interest who’d solely be that in a different story, but not here. It’s been great to be able to make the kinds of characters who very rarely pop up in media.
And painter Jenkins said:
My love for painting has helped create the unconventional process which i use to color comics. Gouache (a matte opaque acrylic) was used to paint this series. Each page is individually painted, scanned and then digitally finished.
Ok, one more quote from Jasmine Amiri, the editor:
When Adam brought us At the End of Your Tether, it felt like an opportunity to experiment with the comics medium. How do we bring that feeling you get when you’re reading a book like Blankets to the single-issue format?. We thought it’d be appropriate to give this story time to simmer with an oversized single-issue format. But it’s the team that really delivers the magic in this series with Adam’s unparalleled writing-style, beautifully eloquent artwork from V.V. Glass, and insanely gorgeous watercolors from Hilary Jenkins. This one feels special and I couldn’t be prouder of this noir-mystery-incredibly-earnest-love-story and the team that made it possible.
Each of the three issues of At the End of Your Tether will be 48 pages long and retail for $5.99. The first issue hits stores in June.