- Posted by Johanna on July 20, 2008 at 10:06 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Oni Press has announced a new series of adventure graphic novels by Chris Schweizer called The Crogan Adventures, with the first book named Crogan’s Vengeance. Neat. I’ve enjoyed some of their historical fiction releases in the past.
The series has the premise of following different branches of the Crogan family over different generations and eras, with the first book being about “Catfoot” Crogan, a pirate. To promote the idea, the artist put together a family tree, which he describes as :
“filled with adventurers of every sort and caliber: pirates, legionnaires, gunfighters, private eyes, flying aces, lion tamers, and a host of other daring professions.”
But apparently, only and all men. I have never before seen a family tree that didn’t at least mention women, because, unless the Crogans have also invented human parthenogenesis, you need some of them to HAVE more than one generation.
More seriously, I’m put off by the assumption that only men have adventures. In all these generations and locations, there was never a Crogan sister or daughter worth telling stories about? From this preview copy review, it sounds like a good read, but this attitude, that one entire gender doesn’t matter and can be ignored, really turns me off.
Update: After talking with the artist and publisher, they pointed out that they’re purposefully trying to create a version of boys’ adventure fiction for young male readers, which explains the direction of their publicity. Makes sense to me.