Call it the zeitgeist. Call it idea space. Call it parallel evolution. But the comic industry has history of simultaneous similar creation, the British and the American Dennis The Menace, Swamp Thing and Man-Thing, Doom Patrol and X-Men, Kim & Kim and Bounty…
And now we seem to have the new Image series, Moonstruck announced in March and out in June.
A NEW ONGOING SERIES from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE that tells a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! The first arc also includes an additional short story with artist KATE LETH! Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal…werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world??
And the new Boom! series Brave Chef Brianna which debuted in February.
From fantasy author Sam Sykes (Aeons’ Gate) comes a story about budding chef Brianna Jakobsson, who’s trying to impress her father but whose best-and-only-customers are monsters.
Brianna has big dreams of starting her own restaurant. When her ailing father, a celebrity restaurant magnate, poses a challenge to his only daughter and 15 sons, she sets out to create the best restaurant around!
Thing is, the only city she can afford to set up shop in is Monster City.
Two new comics with plus-size blond female protagonists trying to work normal retail catering job in fantasy settings… is there something in the air?