Family Drama Gets Strange In Genre-Bending Fantasy Series Dryad

by James Ferguson

Oni Press has announced Dryad, a new ongoing fantasy series from writer Kurtis Wiebe and artist Justin Osterling set to begin in March 2020. The comic follows an elf and a human as they find solace in the sleepy forest settlement of Frostbrook. Thirteen years later, their twins, Griffon and Rana are drawn to an ancient door where they discover more than they bargain for, inadvertently turning their world upside down. They’ll have to answer for their parents’ mistakes, finding that the past has a way of finding you, no matter where you hide.

Writer Kurtis Wiebe says:

Dryad is a story that I’ve been working on in one form or another since I became a father five years ago. I wanted to tell a story about a couple whose lives were irrevocably changed by becoming parents, and I wanted to set it against a backdrop where I’d never really found a slice of life, family drama to be set: a fantasy world.

I’m not usually one for the fantasy genre, but I do like Wiebe’s work on Rat Queens, so I’m definitely interested in Dryad. It sounds like there are various genres at play so I’m curious as to how they all come together.

Artist Justin Osterling added:

When Kurtis came to me about Dryad, it was a breath of fresh air for me in terms of fantasy. There was a lot of research on my side, pulling from the art so many classic traditional fantasy illustrators but I also wanted to explore influences not traditionally associated with it like Hayao Miyazaki and Masamune Shirow; but also into First Nations and Latin symbology and architecture. While a lot of fantasy is set with European influences, we really wanted something that was reflected in the Americas and it’s many cultures.

Dryad #1 is set for release on March 4th, 2020.

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