Author(s): Luke Pearson
In Hilda and the Midnight Giant, our protagonist finds her world turned upside down as she faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the hum of the megalopolis, where her mother (an architect) has been offered a prestigious job. During Hilda's daily one-and-a-half hour trek to school she looks for ways to stall her mother's decision. She conspires with the beings of the mystical Blue Forest to delay the inevitable. Will they help or hinder her? More importantly, who is this mysterious Midnight Giant?
Kathleen's review - I love the yet more creatures Hilda discovers living in their part of the world - the old, old giant as tall as a mountain, and the little people who live in little houses and have a mayor and a king and populate several countries around. We (the readers) also discover woffs, migrating flying tadpoles (sort-of) and we meet again the wood man. Hilda refuses a cup of tea he offers her - "No thanks. Your tea always tastes like soily water with sticks in," and we have to laugh at the next panel.
These graphic novels are very clever, and unique.
"Plain smart and moving. John Stanley's Little Lulu meets Miyazaki."Guillermo Del Toro"
Luke Pearson, author of Hildafolk, Hilda and the Midnight Giant, and Everything We Miss has fast become one of the leading talents of the UK comics scene, garnering rave reviews from the prestigious Times Literary Supplement and The Forbidden Planet International Blog amongst others. He was the winner of Young People's Comic category at the British Comic Award in 2012 and been nominated for the Eisner Award's Best Publication for Kids and Best Writer/Artist in 2013. He has recently worked as a storyboard artist on the cult classic show Adventure Time. Luke is a frequent contributor to a number of comic anthologies in the UK as well as self-publishing a number of small-run homemade comics.