Thursday, April 14, 2016

Black Women in Comics: Malice in Ovenland #4, The Finale

Malice in Ovenland is a remarkable tale of a Black girl named Lily Brown's Labyrinth like adventures. All the fun happens when her kitchen oven draws her into a different dimension with its otherworldly personalities that will help and hurt her quest. What's engaging about Malice In Ovenland is its ability to let the oven become a lively world based much from our common usage of it; what we bake, what's left as residual full of crumbs and greasy spills create a mythology that is wildly entertaining. The comic is a great tool for expanding the dynamics of creativity for our youth and gives them all, regardless of race and gender, an opportunity to understand that anyone can be the the hero.

Malice in Ovenland #4, the series finale is available now!

*From the Press Release

"Lily has finally been given a chance to escape the greasy hoosegow that is Ovenland, but she still might be in for the fight of her young life."

Lily Brown is a bright, curious, energetic young girl from Queens, New York. She lives with her mom and loves reading and writing and spending time with her friends. But she hates cleaning!

So, when her mom forces her to stay home for the summer instead of going off to some fun soccer or riding camp, Lily fumes. She wanted excitement and adventure. She didn't want to do chores. Little did she know that the greasy oven in the kitchen was going to give her more excitement and adventure than she could possibly handle.

Rave review of Malice in Ovenland:

"I love everything about this comic, but let’s look at a few specifics. First, the protagonist is a young black girl. (Among other things, that helps this comic reach a broader demographic of consumer, which is great.) The setting is modern day, and Lilly, living only with her mother, is left alone with some serious responsibilities. Her work ethic is not only admirable, it sets her quite apart from her inspiration. " - The Sequential Tart

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