NYCC 2018: Animals Arise In ‘The Underfoot’ From Lion Forge

by James Ferguson

Lion Forge Comics has announced a new addition coming to its Caracal imprint for middle-grade aged children. The Underfoot, from writers Ben Fisher and Emily S. Whitten and artist Michelle Nguyen begins in April. The series takes place years after the Giants-That-Were disappeared, leaving behind relics and strange science that forever changed the animals. The smallest of these creatures will forge an unlikely alliance among the survivors when a new terrible threat arises.

Co-writer Ben Fisher says:

Emily and I have been developing this story for years. It’s the most comprehensive world-building and the most diverse cast of characters I’ve ever helped create. And Michelle has brought all of it to life in breathtaking fashion. We’ve been waiting for what feels like an eternity to share and explore this universe with readers and are thrilled to finally begin taking this journey with all of you!

The Underfoot is planned as a three volume series. The first volume, The Mighty Deep centers on the Hamster Aquatic Mercenaries who set sail on a journey to save their badger allies from dangerous flooding. First they’ll need some new recruits. The ambitious young hamster pups fight for their chance at glory and prestige, but soon learn that life outside their burrow is not all grad adventure. Instead, it’s a world of deadly threats and conflicting stories about their species’ origins.
Co-writer Emily S. Whitten added:

Ben and I have been having a blast creating the vast, intricate world of The Underfoot, which we’ve packed full of animal adventures and weird science. We couldn’t ask for a better artist than Michelle to bring our visions and our diverse characters to life. After several years of work, we’re so excited to finally get to share our world with comics fans, and hope you love it as much as we do!

The Underfoot: The Mighty Deep is the beginning of the sci-fi saga chronicling the animal kingdoms left to rise and fall in the absence of the Giants-That-Were. It sounds a bit like Mouse Guard and that is certainly not a bad thing.
Artist Michelle Nguyen says:

The Underfoot is the first full graphic novel I have completed, and it has been an absolutely incredible journey and a fantastic growth experience. Since the beginning, I have fallen in love with all of the characters and their individual traits and quirks. I cannot wait to show everyone the incredible story that Emily, Ben, and I have built!

Look for The Underfoot: The Mighty Deep in April 2019.

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