With the first Abigail & Rox in the Land of Enchantment one-shot, having landed in stores on August 1st and a second one announced series creator Joshua Gamon answers a few questions.
DIGITAL WEBBING: Why don’t you tell us about Abigail & Rox?
Joshua Gamon: Abigail & Rox is a raunchy comedy about two brothers from India who travel to New York to study the American girl, but complications arise when their pretentious grandmother comes along to chaperon. OK, not really. That’s actually my upcoming Bollywood pitch.
Abigail & Rox is about a little girl and her teddy bear that are sucked into a fantasy world inhabited by the world’s most endearing fairy tales at war with each other. Imagine if Calvin & Hobbes got busy with the Neverending Story, and had a child out of wedlock. In one aspect, the premise allows the reader to explore a world through the eyes of a child, the proverbial stranger in a strange land, but the world is still very rooted in the darker aspects of human nature—even when most of the characters are far from human. Even departed from the real world, those very real human emotions and self-destructive behaviors are still evident in the characters Abigail encounters. The Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz fell victim to hisown intellect, and the loneliness of having no one to talk to drove him mad. Ichabod Crane, from Sleepy Hollow, is as cowardly as they come. Yet he becomes mayor of the book’s largest city, and he’s reluctantly thrown into the role of hero when his city becomes the center of the war. However, even when Abigail gets caught up in the madness, Rox is the one thing that grounds in reality. He’s her best friend, and the one link connecting her back to the real world.
So Abigail & Rox has a wide spectrum of concepts woven together by a single premise: the power of friendship empowers them with the courage to never give up hope even when trapped within the heart of darkness. And I do put these characters through hell.
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