Stardrop by Mark Oakley

The Skinny

Stardrop is a light-hearted science fiction graphic novel series about a space princess hiding in a small town.  Think Anne of Green Gables from Outer Space.

Collected from the original Nova Scotian comic strip series, acclaimed Canadian cartoonist, Mark Oakley, tells an inspiring tale about traveling away from home, friendship and trust, accepting responsibility for one’s own actions, and breaking away from the worldview of others.

The first volume of Stardrop is complete, and the second volume is currently in progress.

The Style

Stardrop follows the burgeoning friendship between stowaway space princess Ashelle and average Earth college girl, Jen Jacobs.  The comic follows the conversations and wild exploits of the duo as Jen guides Ashelle through the finer points of Earth etiquette and culture.   Ashelle, in turn, shows Jen how to break the rules and live life with the courage of a peace-loving princess from a conquest-loving empire.

Mark Oakley’s uses situational comedy mixed with naturalistic dialogue, relegating most of the action to occur off screen (Ashelle often leaves, commands a rebel war fleet, escapes the Empire again, and then returns to tell about it – but we never see it).  The art uses classic cartoon figures with dynamic layout and lettering, lending power, grace, and unquestionable charm.

The Story

Life in the Galactic Empire was no good; Ashelle simply did not fit.  And so, the enterprising space princess has decided to run away from home – To hide on a distant planet far from the political intrigues of her family and the military might of the Empire.  On an adorable blue planet with just the cutest human settlements.

Fitting in, however, isn’t as easy as it looks, not even on a pretty blue planet with dandelion flowers and shirts with pictures right on their very fronts.

But the arms of the Galactic Empire are long….

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