Artist Bio – Linda Medley


Linda Medley is the author of the acclaimed Castle Waiting graphic novel, published by Fantagraphics Books. A freelance illustrator since 1985, Linda Medley has illustrated children’s books for Putnam, Grosset & Dunlap, Houghton-Mifflin, and Western Publishing. Linda has worked in the comics industry as a penciller, inker, painter, colorist and sculptor. Her pencilling work includes stints on both Justice League and Doom Patrol for DC, as well as the Galactic Girl Guides for Tundra. Her paintings have appeared on the covers of Paradox Press’ Family Man, Stuck Rubber Baby and TSR’s Dragon magazine to name just a few. Born in Stockton, CA, and raised in “Steinbeck Country,” she now lives in Portland, OR, where she is working on the new Castle Waiting series for Fantagraphics, as well as a series of nine graphic novels based on L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series.

The 456-page Castle Waiting graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that’s not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil – but about being a hero in your own home.

For the first time, Fantagraphics’ Castle Waiting collects the entire Harvey and Eisner Award-winning comic book series into one mammoth volume – and includes the concluding chapter written and drawn especially for this volume.

Linda Medley lavishly illustrates Castle Waiting in a classic visual style reminiscent of Arthur Rackham and William Heath Robinson. Blending elements from a variety of sources – fairy tales, folklore, nursery rhymes – Medley tells the story of the everyday lives of fantastic characters with humor, intelligence, and insight into human nature. Castle Waiting can be read on multiple levels and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

2007 Eisner Award nominee: Best Graphic Album — Reprint, Best Publication Design (Adam Grano)

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