Ursula – Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
Ursula, Miro and Boris are childhood friends, playing together in the middle of a city where Miro’s father is king. As Miro tells Ursula about a dream he had, where stars come down to sit in trees and magical eggs hatch into birds that talk, they slowly fall in love. Then suddenly Ursula’s family moves away for vague and mysterious reasons, and Miro fears he’ll never see her again. Many years later, as Miro prepares to take over rulership of the city, his father encourages him to marry–but there’s only one girl he wants for his wife. He and Ursula (and Boris too!) must journey through the land of Miro’s dream and find their way home again to their happily ever after.
I’ve heard your names bandied about in the comic book world for a while now, but hadn’t yet read anything either of you had worked on. I remedied that today with Ursula, and I’m so glad I did! What a spectacular little book! You’ve got the kinda-urban/kinda-not thing going on, with kings and helicopters and little peeping birds that talk, which is a lovely setting in any case. Then you’ve got this really poetic, lyrical text that absolutely sings; it feels old and timeless at the same time, without ever seeming out of place. Then of course there’s the art, loose and emotive, and full of little details that make it perfect. Ursula’s perpetually rosy cheeks, Miro’s cute cornrows, the heart-dragon’s square-framed glasses…it’s never too much or too little, always just right. Put that all together, and you’ve got a five-star love story that I just can’t resist!