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ComiXology is bringing a little mob rule to the fantasy genre with the latest addition to its ComiXology Originals imprint of digital comics, the new five-issue series Fair Trade by Tini Howard and Eryk Donovan.
Described as “a book for magical girls-gone-bad,” the series centers around Margot, who finds herself accidentally muscling in on the territory of the Moonfly Mafia, a group of muses with the power to inspire humanity … as long as they pay for the pleasure.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Howard says that the series “is a story I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and like a pot of coffee, it only gets darker and funkier with age.” The hero of the story is “a miserable barista named Margot who is so artistically constipated she’s able to literally transfer her best ideas to other people, to watch them flourish. Only problem is — that’s called inspiration, and there are already folks who do that (likes fairies, and muses) and they don’t want some human on their turf.”
Donovan adds that the series “hits all the notes for me that I love about stories. It intermingles the fantastical and the real world, it’s sexy, very cool and definitely mysterious.”
The series comes from Comix AF, the studio founded by Hitman and Hitman: Agent 47 producer Daniel Alter and Jeff Forsyth.
“Fair Trade is a fresh concept from one of the most exciting new voices working in the comic book industry today,” Alter and Forsyth said in a statement. “Working with Tini Howard and Eryk Donovan, whose beautiful illustrations are bringing this to life, has been an absolute pleasure for us.”
To mark this announcement, Donovan will be signing the limited-edition Fair Trade poster at New York Comic Con at the ComiXology table in Artist Alley (#1B5; the full print is below), as well as appearing at ComiXology’s two panels during the show: The New Comics Publishing Frontier (Oct. 4, 4 p.m. in Room 1A02) and The Voices of ComiXology Originals (Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m. in Room 1A02).
Fair Trade is set to launch next spring.
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