Kids Comics Pitchfest Showcase
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The Swan Queen
In this twisty YA retelling of SWAN LAKE, Odile von Rothbart stumbles upon the injured Crown Prince, Siegfried, outside her forest home. Odile soon learns that Siegfried is facing treachery at court. He begs her help crossing into the neighboring nation of Clarion. Odile, unable to deny his terror or ignore her attraction to him, agrees.
Soon, they've shared their secrets: Siegfried is fighting to keep his life and throne, while Odile reveals she is a sorceress, the daughter of the Swan Queen, a lake spirit bound to human form.
Siegfried, covetous of the Swan Queen's power, woos and traps Odile to to force the Swan Queen into serving him. Odile must defend her home and family against the cunning prince...even if she still loves him.
Age Range:Young Adult
Genre:Classics, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology/Folklore, Retelling
Page Count Estimate:260
Tchaikovsky’s SWAN LAKE has haunted me for years, particularly the role of Odile, the villainous Wizard’s femme fatale daughter, sent to trick Prince Siegfried into breaking his vow to the captive heroine Odette. Despite her dance exuding raw power and bravado, Odile is a cipher with no role beyond that of temptress. I wanted to embed her more closely within the narrative and explore her ambiguity.
THE SWAN QUEEN twists the original tale’s misogyny into a feminist awakening. Odile and Odette are linked by blood, not romantic rivalry. Odile is an awkward teenager turned ferocious by the threat of the Outside, by the lie of romance, and love for home and family. As I wish for myself and every woman, she grows into the power she deserves.
I graduated from the School of Visual Arts NYC with a BFA in Illustration and Sequential Art. I’ve illustrated graphic novels for Athenaeum, Wiley and Sons, Tokyopop, Oni Press, Lerner, and Difference Engine Singapore, but I’ve been making comics far longer. I grew up between Manila (still here!) and Indonesia. Being a third culture kid afforded me a glimpse into the cultures —and comics— of people from around the world.