SUMMERSIDE – Troy Little swears he didn’t draw on his own high school experiences for inspiration in his newest Angora Napkin comic book.
Anyone who went to school with Little and would like to refute his claim please call the Journal Pioneer – it probably make for a good story.
Here’s the synopsis of “Angora Napkin: Harvest of Revenge” in the Summerside-born artist’s own words during a recent interview from his home in Charlottetown:
“(The girls) get kidnapped one by one by a psychotic nerd who wants to use them for a nefarious plan of revenge he has against his high school. Something went horribly wrong in his past, during his high school days, and he needs the girls to help him exact revenge against his classmates.”
Like we said …
Anyway, lets take Little on his word for a moment and get on with the show.
“Harvest of Revenge,” is the sequel to Little’s acclaimed 2009 release simply titled “Angora Napkin.”
"It's a comedy about three girls in a musical pop band," said Little, during a previous interview.
"They're incapable of seeing the dark side of situations yet they tend to get thrown into the most horrible of situations all the time."
“Harvest of Revenge” differs a bit from its predecessor in that it doesn’t have a horror backdrop. Instead, it draws its source material from popular culture at large.
“It’s kind of my love letter to pop culture in a way. There’s a lot of pop culture, nerd stuff, TV, comic books, video game stuff that I really enjoy in my life, so it’s an easy resource to draw upon,” said Little.
“Harvest of Revenge” is also in colour, whereas “Angora Napkin,” was not.
There’s couple of reasons for that, said Little.
“They encouraged me to go full colour on the first book, but I kind of was resistant. I think mostly because of the time it takes to do it - perhaps maybe a little bit of my confidence in being able to do the colouring.
“And a little bit I just wanted to keep it more on the indie looking side of things than just becoming a four coloured super hero looking comic book.
“But anyway they keep telling me coloured comics sell better – and I’m all for that right now,” he said.
Little is hoping to finally become a fulltime author this year, something that’s remained elusive despite the success of his previous works.
“Success is a relative term,” he chuckled.
“(I’m) still struggling at it. Despite its apparent success, it’s still a struggle.
I’m not sure what it will take to kind of kick it over the edge there,” he said, regarding his “Angora Napkin” series.
“That’s kind of what I’m going on, that maybe it just hasn’t reached that broad audience yet to get the level of awareness. Which is why I keep going with it, I figure eventually I will reach a saturation point and sooner or later somebody is going to stumble across it.”
But despite his relatively small body of work, Little has reached a level of critical success that any aspiring comic book artist would be proud of.
The first Angora Napkin novel was nominated for Eisner Award in 2010, which have been described as the “Oscars of comic books.”
The Summerside-born artist had previously attracted critical acclaim after his first graphic novel "Chiaroscuro" was bought by major publisher IDW Publishing and was well received by critics.
Little, and occasional creative partner Nick Cross, also produced an animated TV pilot episode of Angora Napkin, though it wasn’t picked up by a network.
Little also produces a weekly Angora Napkin web comic.
This is, and was, all done in and around his day job; creating story boards.
Because of his other responsibilities, “Harvest of Revenge” has been in the works for about three years.
It is already available in all major comic book stores and online.
Little will be having an official launch of the book in Summerside on Saturday, March 16, at Samuel's Coffee House at 1 p.m.
After so long spent in the studio – it’s got to be healthy to get out every once in a while, said Little.
“You spend three or four years in isolation drawing these things so it’s kind of nice to meet the people who get to enjoy it at the end when you’re done,” he said.