Approaching the end of the chapter. Page 19 of Chapter One.

To anyone visiting via Mike Sterling’s Progressive Ruin or Warren Ellis’ Whitechapel who might be sticking around, a little introduction:

Hi, and welcome to Rose Madder. I’m Aldin Baroza, an animation artist who’s done work for various primetime and cable series, most recently the Futurama revival at Comedy Central. I had a brief comics career in the mid-90s, working on various indie-press titles such as Hero Sandwich, Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, and, most notably, Slave Labor’s Tales From The Heart (I was the guy who drew a handful of issues after Seitu Hayden left the book, most of which were never collected in trade). Last year, I illustrated a story for Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology.

Rose Madder, the graphic novel that I’m serializing here, spins off of a story I did in 2004 for TOKYOPOP’s Rising Stars of Manga series titled “Ozymandias”, but the idea for it has been kicking around in my head for years before that. I like to refer to this thing as a deconstructionist romance comic (sorta-kinda), focusing on character and theme more than on plot, and with more than a passing nod to the expansive, decompressed nature of manga. This is definitely long-form reading, and probably a very uncommercial one at that. As you can see, I’m only on Chapter One; I expect this thing to end up being at least 200 pages (although it could end up being significantly longer than that), so this is a project that will be occupying my free time for the next several years as I try to maintain the page-a-week schedule I’m on.

If you’re intrigued by the art or where this story is going to go, and decide to stick around, welcome. If you know other readers who might be into this kind of story, please tell them to visit. I could use the readership. At any rate, I’m grateful you’ve stopped by.