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Richv1 Posted - 08/17/2017 : 3:08:18 PM
Writer(s): Jim & Haigen Shelley
Artist Name(s): Anna Liisa Jones
Cover Artist(s): Anna Liisa Jones
48 pgs./ E / FC

NORTHSTARS is an instant Christmas classic. It's the story of girl power saving Christmas available for preorder in a deluxe hardcover format for only $9.99. Holly, the daughter of Santa Claus, and Frostina, the Yeti Princess, must put their differences aside to save the town of Snowville before Christmas is lost forever. They travel through an exotic underground world to save Christmas from the devious Krampus and his oafish Straw Lads.

NORTHSTARS is what you get if you combine Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with Adventure Time. Like the classic Rankin/Bass specials, itís a wonderful world where holiday characters such as Santa and his daughter, Holly, rub shoulders with winter warlocks, snow dragons and fall fairies. Like Adventure Time, there is a wry sense of humor and a colorful, quirky cast of characters that both kids and adults will enjoy.

These colorful holiday adventures of Holly and Frostina will make the perfect Christmas gift for that daughter or granddaughter on your shopping list! Fans of Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer should buckle up for a magical sleigh ride through an enchanting wintry world. If you are looking for a book that captures the classic feel of Uncle Scrooge, Casper the Friendly Ghost and Asterix and Obelix, then NorthStars is your golden ticket back to an age of wonder!

When asked what he wanted readers to get out of the book, co-writer Jim Shelley commented, "As a kid, I used to look forward to seeing a new Rankin/Bass holiday special every year. To me, it didnít feel like Christmas until Rudolph was on TV. I would like to see a new generation of kids grow up getting that same feeling when they see a new NORTHSTARS book every year!"

Shelley also said, "One of the things I always liked about the Rankin/Bass holiday specials is how there was this arcane world of ominous magic and preternatural forces in the shows. For example, the Winter Warlock from Santa Claus is Coming to Town or Winterboltís Snow Dragon in Rudolph and Frostyís Christmas in July. It was an odd fantasy realm which used seasonal imagery in a fascinating way. It wasnít your standard Dungeons & Dragons setting. It seemed to have a deeper European folklore vibe."

He went on to say: "We have tried to capture that same mystique in NORTHSTARS. It helps that artist Anna Liisa is originally from Finland and raised in England. She is able to use her cultural experiences to enhance the tone and visuals of the comic in ways that really invoke that Old World feeling."

NORTHSTARS VOL. 1: WELCOME TO SNOWVILLE HC will be available in a comic book store near you on October 4. Preorder the book using the Diamond item code AUG171071.

Richard Vasseur

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