In 2015 the Library backed local comic writer and artist Gene Ha’s new graphic novel, Mae, on Kickstarter. Gene is an established comic creator, and a four-time Eisner Award winner. He’s known for his work with Alan Moore on Top 10, as well as Marvel and DC titles such as the X-Men, Green Lantern, JLA, and Action Comics. He currently lives in Berwyn with his wife Lisa, and their rescue dog. This is our first addition of a crowdfunded title, and we will continue to seek out local crowdfunding projects that will appeal to the Western Springs community. The book is currently in our collection, available to be checked out!
“Abbie, what are the axes for?”
Mae hasn’t seen her sister Abbie in eight years when she gets a call to bail her out of jail. Abbie is dressed in strange clothes, and carrying two axes. She claims she found a door to another world, and has been there ever since. But she didn’t leave that world under the best of circumstances, and now some of the inhabitants have followed her to our world in order to find her.
Author Gene Ha wanted to create Mae as an independent project in order to tell a unique, original story that he was passionate about: an adventure tale with two strong female leads, made for a wide audience of young adults and older readers, without any gritty violence or sex.
The result is an exciting and beautiful story full of drama and action. As we meet and learn more about Mae and Abbie, the pace builds quickly. By the end of this first volume you’ll be eager to see what happens next. The illustrations are gorgeous, three-dimensional images with soft shadows and rich colors.
If you’d like to read Mae, you can request it through our catalog, email or call us, or stop by and ask for it! If it’s checked out, you can place a hold on it and we will contact you when it comes back. Be sure to visit the rest of our graphic novel collection for more great stories to read!