Next week a standalone issue in the Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Sirens series of anthology stories arrives you will want to get your hands on. Both the story and artwork coming in next week’s tale were created by one of the Pacific Northwest’s best visionary artists, Aud Koch (pronounced “odd cook”). You may know her from conventions or from her incredible Wonder Woman artwork that topped our discussion of the Wonder Woman 100 Project here at borg back in 2017, or from her other fabulous, fantastical works posted at her website here. Her work in the Jim Henson anthology is her retelling of Lorelai: Daughter of the Rhine. Her style is truly her own, with pages of unique design layouts and imagery that flows from scene to scene, but you may see some possible influences in the works of Jill Thompson, P. Craig Russell, Aubrey Beardsley, and Alex Niño. Koch’s artwork has been featured in The Wicked + The Divine from Image Comics, Vision, Ultimates2, and America from Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics’ Tales of Harrow County, and she contributed to the anthology Femme Magnifique, nominated for an Eisner Award this year.
Here is the description of Lorelai: Daughter of the Rhine from publisher Archaia:
In this German tale, Lorelai is a river nymph, born to the Rhine River, living in the shadow of a prosperous town called Wochara. But at the heart of Wochara’s prosperity lies a secret deal that Lorelei and the people of Wochara struck a long time ago. Every year, Wochara sends Lorelei a young man who becomes her husband for the year, living in comfort and luxury in her wondrous palace, while fat nuggets of gold wash up on the town shores. But not everything is as it seems and when she selects a young man who already has a lover, the deal between the people of Wochara and Lorelai is in jeopardy forever.
Here is a preview of what lies in store for you in next week’s Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Sirens:
Yep, as far as we’re concerned, Aud Koch should be drawing all the comics. (Here’s my suggestion to accompany Koch’s story at YouTube).
Look for the next issue, #4 of 4, of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Sirens with story and artwork by Aud Koch and lettering by Jim Campbell, with two covers, one by Koch and one (the gold-colored cover) by Cory Godbey. It’s available at your local comic book store July 17, 2019.