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Crescent City Magick: Welcome To New Orleans Paperback – July 13, 2013
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... enchanting and absorbing and shows that Peters has huge promise as both an artist and storyteller..."
- - renowned fantasy author Charles de Lint - from his Books to Look For column in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction sfsite.com/fsf/2016/cdl1609.htm
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 13, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 106 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1490488782
- ISBN-13 : 978-1490488783
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.24 x 10 inches
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Clayton Woods is in sad shape when we meet him: Out of work, depressed, haunted by some unspecified childhood trauma, and apparently being stalked by mysterious figures (or is he just paranoid?). He winds up in New Orleans, where he meets Julia, a spirited young lady with a talent for witchcraft. Julia believes, against all appearances, that Clayton is destined for greatness, and together they start exploring the mysteries and dangers lurking in the shadows of the Crescent City.
You can see where this relationship is going: Clayton is morose and uptight, Julia is the optimistic free spirit who's going to "save" him from himself. But Julia, with her southern drawl and blunt sense of humor, is a charmer nonetheless. And reading between the lines, her agenda may not be entirely selfless. There's lots of room for exploration and growth for both characters, and I'm interested in seeing where the story goes.
The real selling point here is the artwork. Michael Peters dedicates the book to classic comic book illustrators like Barry Windsor-Smith and Mike Kaluta, and that association isn't just wishful thinking on his part. The pages are filled to the brim with beautiful, evocative details, and even the most mundane street scene is a visual feast. Peters has clearly poured his heart and soul into this book, and it's well worth your attention.
This adventure introduces us to a haunted young man who can't stay put for very long. His problems have a way of catching up with him so he keeps on the move in the hope of finding the answers to those issues haunting him. He finds himself in New Orleans where the day to day troubles are a bit more daunting than the one's he's trying to escape. The touches of reality here are well done, easy to relate to. Then he discovers his new life in New Orleans has a different level of weird than he would have expected, and it starts with his meeting a cute witch name Julia and also her overprotective friend, Bev. That's all I'm giving away.
As individual, self published efforts go this one hits a lot of high notes. The love Michael Peters has for spinning the tale is obvious. It certainly deserves more attention and I hope a bigger publisher sees this book and approaches him with a more lucrative offer than self publishing is likely to provide.
Don't wait for that to happen. It's an inexpensive book and it's better than good. It's not the kind of book I expected, because too often these self published efforts are fine but not great. This is a consistently solid effort that loses no momentum, the story is compelling, the characters are sympathetic and likable and it's all wonderfully drawn. This book has heart and skill that belies any minor quibbles I might have.
I hope he gets a publishing deal soon because I want to see more of what unfolds in Crescent City Majick. Self publishing is expensive and hard so I hope he garners a lot more attention to this rare gem.
The story is fun, too! Man feels haunted, followed, takes bus, gets mugged, meets cats -- (It didn't hurt that the lead one-eyed cat is the spitting image of my own Spooky) -- gets taken home by gorgeous girl, goes to cemetery .... And there the plot thickens!!!!!!!! Wanna-be vampires and real zombies later, he is left with the girl and his own personal fay problem, but with her help and magic you feel like he may be able to hold his own. Although I know the kind of love and detail that went into this graphic novel must have taken years, I can't help but want the adventure to continue. Please give us more, Michael L. Peters!
This story is about a drifter who is being hunted by ominus beings from another world or dimension and is protected by a self-proclaimed witch. The story is well written, even though I did notice a few spelling and punctuation errors. It was not a big thing, so it didn't really take me out of the story that was being told. And according to Peters himself there is a second volume coming up that I personally cannot wait to read and see how this story goes.
The story ends on a cliff hanger that will have you wanting more with amazing detail to attention in Peters' artwork. I think my only real gripe was that it was all in black and white, but even that didn't bother me that much. It made me feel like I was reading those old Conan magazines that were all in black and white, except the cover of course.
Do yourself a favor and buy this independently made book. It will inspire you, thrill you, and amaze you at just how great it is. Peters' work made me feel like a kid in the 80s again. Thank you for the amazing work you do, Mr. Peters! : )
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A sequal to this is much anticipated, and for me, once again, it will be the draw of the art style that I enjoy most.