The Misadventures of Prince Ivan

The collected Prince Ivan comics, with a new final episode
Prince Ivan graphic novel front cover
Prince Ivan graphic novel back cover

This is the 2011 ABOUTComics edition of the graphic novel The Misadventures of Prince Ivan. The graphic novel features material published as "The Adventures of Prince Ivan", originally serialized in issues 8 through 13 of The Dreamery and published by Eclipse Comics. The fourth part of the graphic novel, "Prince Ivan and the Bachelor Parties of Doom", is new in this volume and completes the story.

The interior art is by Hugo-nominated comics artist Sherlock. The cover art is by Ken Macklin.

Before there was Shrek, New York Times best-seller Diane Duane (author of the Young Wizards novels) and Hugo Award winning artist Sherlock teamed up the create the wise-ass, self-aware serialized fairy tale graphic novel "Prince Ivan". Collected here for the first time is the entire original adventure, plus a second, all-new story!

Once upon a time, there lived a prince...

But not your ordinary prince with some run-of-the-mill royal destiny. When Ivan's three sisters are married off to enchanted princes and he goes off in search of his own true love, he finds himself matched up with the sorceress and warrior maiden Marya Morevna, fairest princess in all the Russias. Shortly the two of them are navigating the emotional "white water" of one of the world's more traumatic fairy tales -- but not without help, not without high hopes of a happy ending, and not without a lot of funny stuff along the way.

This story was serialized in Eclipse's groundbreaking fantasy comic The Dreamery in the late 1980s, and its parts have now been brought together for the first time in graphic novel format. Featuring artwork by the fabulous Sherlock, the graphic novel also contains a new final section created for this edition -- "Prince Ivan and the Bachelor Parties of Doom."

Prepare yourself to make the acquaintance of the Little Humpbacked Horse, who just can't get enough junk food... the Raven Prince who knows the ins and outs of the world's strangest military equipment catalog... the terrible secret in the cellar of Marya Morevna's palace... a whole heap of the most opinionated talking animals you'll ever meet... and an final event that starts out with "vodka and strategy games" and ends in the world's biggest fairytale smackdown!

A review at Comics Beat is here.

A limited number of mint copies remain available at Signed Books Direct