Newly- founded British comic book publisher WP Comics has just launched its latest title Gunnveig’s Saga, – a Viking epic that’s the work of newcomer Icelandic writer Arnar H. Önnuson and British illustrator Melissa Nettleship.
The comic is the company’s first venture into the modern comic market,and is the very first professionally published works by Arnar and Melissa Nettleship. The comic also marks a first in Icelandic history, as it is the very first professionally released comic by an Icelandic creator specifically made for the English language.
Gunnveig’s Saga has already been met with interest in Iceland itself, from both Icelanders and Viking fans alike. The comic has a distinct feminine approach to it, focusing on a woman’s journey, and spending as much time on her outlook and her life as it does with the action, suspense and the gods’s petty plots.
Described as a Viking take on the western revenge story and praised by Hugleikur Dagsson, Iceland’s forerunning cartoonist, Gunnveig’s Saga is rich in Norse myth and culture – some of it little known.
Arnar H. Önnuson is an Icelandic based writer who has spent over a year writing comics on a professional level, and has been published in various anthologies and zines, in Belgium and Canada. Gunnveig’s Saga marks his first venture into the medium of ongoing comic series, and it’s expected to do well in both local and foreign markets.
Melissa Nettleship is an art major currently attending university in the UK with years of experience in her field. She won first prize in an art contest held by Ubisoft, the video game company of Assassin’s Creed fame.
Gunnveig’s Saga marks her first sequential work, which she plans to continue working on for the foreseeable future.
WP Comics started production of their comics in 2015, becoming a majorly online-centred company, with multiple international as well as fairly local talent coming in from several different countries. They focus their content mostly on genre based stories, such as fantasy, sci-fi, and horror.