UK-Based Publisher Storyworlds Launches With Four Graphic Novellas

by James Ferguson

UK-Based Storyworlds, founded by Max Gadney, has made a splash in the comics scene launching not just an entire company but four new graphic novellas. The first slate of titles include United States of Magic, The Sword and the Six-Shooter, Only Hope: Fear Farm, and FAB.

Gadney’s intention with Storyworlds is to work with up-and-coming creators from diverse backgrounds to introduce new readers to comics. He comes from BBC TV and News, bringing some new experiences to the scene.
“We are innovating in format and distribution by publishing all books as Storyworlds Graphic Novellas,” said Max Gadney. “These 50-60 page books with self-contained stories are more rewarding to read. The Graphic Novella format will break through in the battle for reader’s attention, as opposed to having to wait for next month’s floppy or floppy collection.”
Check out the details of Storyworlds’ opening slate of titles below:

United States of Magic 
(W) Max Gadney  (A/C) Julian Parry (L) Taylor Esposito
During the US occupation of Iraq, intelligence analyst Dana Dryden uncovers a fantastical conspiracy threatening the safety of the world and decides to help thwart the shadowy private military company behind the chaos.

The Sword and the Six-Shooter
(W) Simon Delafond, Max Gadney (A) Antonio Fuso (C) Stefano Simeone
(L) Taylor Esposito
A disgraced Samurai, arrives in 1870s Texas to hunt down the man who killed his master. Combining his samurai skills with those of a Texas Ranger and haunted by ‘Y?kai’ demons, he pursues his target across the last lawless frontier in the USA.

Only Hope: Fear Farm
(W) Max Gadney (A/C) Ksenia Kudryavtseva (L) Taylor Esposito
On a remote Pacific island where moderation staff filter the internet for extreme material, Hope Farrar, a new employee discovers a terrible secret and vows to fight back.

(W) RAMZEE  (A/C) Stefano Simeone  (L) Taylor Esposito
When a new 3D printing technology leaks into the black market, allowing people to make whatever they want, including clones of themselves, Marcia Clay joins a secret government task force set up to stop this threat & find its source.
“Comics are the most creative medium in the world, but they struggle to engage new readers. I created SW to tell new stories, by new creators for new audiences. “Every Storyworlds tale is a fantastic subversion in some shape or form. Subversion is important in life and culture, and comics are the most subversive media,” added Gadney.
I am a little cautious that the publisher’s intention is to showcase new and diverse voices and the founder is personally involved in three of the four launch titles, but I’ll reserve judgment for now. The first title, United States of Magic, is set to debut in February 2021.

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