Leia Weathington’s sword-and-sorcery epic The Legend of Bold Riley is illustrated by Leia and a host of talented artists.
“Who is Bold Riley?” you might ask. She has hunted the wildest game and dallied with countless beautiful girls, but still longs to know the world beyond the city walls. Princess Rilavashana SanParite, called Bold Riley, leaves behind her station and sets out to travel through distant lands and find forgotten ruins, fearsome enemies, inscrutable gods and tragic love.
She’s as capable with a sword as she is with her wits—man, does she carve things up when the need arises—and is a strong, beautiful, confident woman who doesn’t wear a bikini into battle. And she always gets the girl!
Created by Leia Weathington, with art by Weathington, Marco Aidala, Vanessa Gillings, Kelly McClellan, Konstantin Pogorelov, Liz Conley, and Jason Thompson. Cover artwork by Brinson Thieme. 232 pages. 7″x10″. Full-color with metallic ink cover.
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You can download a 67-page preview of the book in PDF or EPUB (iPad-only) format right here on the site. The preview includes excerpts from four of the stories in the book, bonus artwork and more.
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Feature on Panel Patter by Rob McMonigal — “Ms. Weathington, working with a variety of other artists, has created a fantasy world ripe for exploration, with our guide being Bold Riley, a young woman with royal (but restless) blood. It’s great to see the ‘Uncharted Fantasy World’ idea given a new twist by having a protagonist that’s not only female, but queer as well.”
Feature on Portland Comic Books Examiner by Christian Lipski — “Author Leia Weathington is releasing Bold Riley, her first book, at the end of June, and spoke with the Portland Comic Books Examiner about her own journey.”
Interview on Portland Comics by Doug Dorr — “I worked with 5 other artists for Bold Riley and made the mistake at first of trying to really tightly control the visuals of the comic. That was something I learned to back off from pretty fast. If you are working with artists you probably decided to get into a collaboration with them for a reason. SO TRUST YOUR ARTIST! What I’ve started doing is making model sheets characters, objects and places that must look a certain way to maintain continuity in the story, after that I send photo references, script and descriptions of mood and setting and turn the artist loose to have fun with it.”
Interview on The Hathor Legacy by Maria Velazquez — “Like many creators I started writing the kind of story I always wanted to see. Like most women I was raised with fairy tales and the complex feelings that go with them. Sure they focus primarily on female leads, but those leads tend to be passive objects. The women are what things happen TO not people who make things happen themselves.”
Interview on Sequential Tart by Lee Atchison — “We like the anti-hero right now. And with reason. Things are shit, we’re all pretty jaded. How can you not be when at the click of a button you can see the latest string of atrocities played out before your eyes. I like the anti-hero, but somewhere amid all of the horror and the skepticism, I wanted to place a story about a hero who, while not beyond reproach, is good and wants to do good and tries her hardest.”
Comic Book Resources –
“There is a rhythm and completeness to this issue; the narrator always knows both what happened previously and what happened in the decades after, and the treatment of magic makes the story feel timeless and well-known.” Read Marykate Jasper’s whole review on Comic Book Resources
Lord Coyote –
“The writing is fantastic, it has wonderful art, and this is a very interesting new character which I recommend you find out more about.” Watch Lord Coyote’s whole review on the Lord Coyote 2000 YouTube Channel
Comic Spectrum –
“The themes of love, longing, and searching for one’s place in the world are universal to the human condition. The art by Jonathon Dalton is simple but appealing. It perfectly illustrates the story being told and has a charm that is completely evocative of the story’s setting. Utterly charming.” Read Bob Bretall’s whole review on Comic Spectrum
The Two-Headed Nerd Comic Book Podcast –
“Dalton’s work here is rich with detail and kind of reminds me of a cross between the cartoony style of Weny Pini (co-creator of ElfQuest) and the lush watercolors of Jill Thompson… We need more female roles like this. This is good for comics. And it was really, really well executed.” Full review starts at 16:20 on episode 164 of the Two-Headed Nerd Comic Book Podcast
Comics Worth Reading –
“The Legend of Bold Riley is a great modern approach to fantasy expectations, and I look forward to seeing more.” Read Johanna Draper-Carlson’s whole review on Comics Worth Reading
“As sword and sorcery short stories go, I find Bold Riley to be just about perfect. Each artist gives me the sensation of listening to well-known stories told by different storytellers. The only thing missing from the series at this point is a Pirate Queen to be Riley’s frenemy.” Read Erica Friedman’s whole review on Okazu
The Gay Comics List –
“Bold Riley’s journey is among the more fascinating I’ve read recently, and I hope Leia Weathington will get to chronicle it for a long time to come.” Read François Peneaud’s whole review on The Gay Comics List
“Each story is part of the larger continuity of Bold Riley’s journeys through various mystical lands, but they can also be read as stand-alone fables, so this issue is a perfectly fine place to start. Can’t wait to see what becomes of her in Issue 2!” Read Molly Brooks’ whole review on the ComiXology Tumblr
“Writer Leia Weathington has an excellent grasp on this character as one part swashbuckler, one part slightly tragic and lovelorn figure.” Read Rob Clough’s whole review on High-Low