We don’t normally post the entire cover of a book here on downthetubes, but Jade Sarson‘s For the Love of God, Marie! – out from Myriad in July – is just so darn gorgeous, how could we not?
Sex, religion, gender, and love are addressed head on in this frothy cocktail of a graphic novel, beautifully drawn and coloured by prize-winning author Jade.
Based on what we’ve seen so far – some pages below – this is a knock out-looking book with a story that’s going to pull a few heart strings – check it out on release.
At its heart, and with a big heart herself, is Marie, a spirited young woman from a religious household who is taught to love everybody. With an eye for the underdog, the bullied and the oppressed, Marie’s mission in life is to make those who are different from the norm feel loved and understood. But loving and falling in love are two very different things, and when Marie finds her heart has a life of its own, living and loving become a whole lot more complicated.
As we follow Marie’s loves from her Catholic schooldays through adulthood to motherhood, with a little help from a rainbow cast of LGBT characters, we see that Jade Sarson may be dealing with some serious issues, but with her trademark wit and lightness of touch, and gorgeous tea-stained palate, it’s a glorious romp from start to finish.
An extract from For the Love of God, Marie! won the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2014, judged by Meg Rosoff, Andy Oliver, Nicola Streeten, Myriad’s Creative Director Corinne Pearlman, and Woodrow Phoenix, who describes the book as “A beautifully illustrated and dreamlike succession of fun and filth”.
Jade Sarson, illustrator and cartoonist (who along with other Myriad authors, will be at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October),
She graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Illustration. Her work is a fusion of British and Japanese influences, and combines digital and traditional techniques; it has been featured in Neo Magazine, Electric Bloom Webzine, and in anthologies such as Leek and Sushi and Parallel Lives.
Her current projects include the popular tea-inspired webcomic Cafe Suada, and her graphic novel Siddown!
She lives in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire.
For the Love of God, Marie! will be published by Myriad in July 2016.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.