Explore An Epic Legend And A Twisted Reality In Folklords By Matt Kindt And Matt Smith

by James Ferguson

A young man sets off on a forbidden quest this November in Folklords from Boom! Studios. Written by Matt Kindt and illustrated by Matt Smith, the five-issue series is set in a world of magic and monsters. It’s here that Ansel, an outsider haunted by visions of well-pressed suits and modern technology, declares his Quest on his 16th birthday. He will search for a legend of the Folklords that’s only spoken in hushed whispers. He hopes they can explain his visions. This type of quest is strictly forbidden and is punishable by death. Is he willing to risk it all to find out if he truly belongs in this world?

Writer Matt Kindt says:

Ideas usually sneak up on you. But this one came in a flash. As soon as my plucky editor, Eric, said the word ‘Folklords’, I had an image of this teenage kid in a black suit and tie…walking through a small folk tale-style village full of gnomes, witches, and trolls. It looked jarring, seeing that kid there. He was completely out of place. What’s this kid wearing a suit for? Is he living in a fairy tale? Why is he there? I’m not sure why the word triggered that image in my head but I didn’t question it. The question I did have? Who the heck are the Folklords? This kid…in this suit and tie…who doesn’t seem to belong? He’s going to find out.

Folklords is a nice fit for Boom! Studios, complementing a number of its other titles in the fantasy space. The mix of modern day with the fantasy elements is an intriguing concept.

Artist Matt Smith added:

Getting to work with Matt Kindt again was something I couldn’t pass up. He brings a depth and  thoughtfulness to the characters that makes me want to invest in them. That’s what I look for in a script. Well, that and a great story to put those characters in. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that there are armored librarians, psychotic killers, angry gnomes, and a big ol’ troll, too. Ok, forget all that stuff about depth and whatever, it’s about the troll.

Folklords #1 features a main cover by Matt Smith and a variant cover by Duncan Fegredo.

Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, Boom! Studios says:

We’ve all had that sense that we just don’t fit in, that there’s some other world out there where we truly belong — and for Ansel, that might just be the case. Matt Kindt and Matt Smith, along with colorist Chris O’Halloran and letterer Jim Campbell, are a powerhouse team with a brilliant new take on the epic fantasy quest, one that no reader will see coming.

Folklords #1 is set for release on November 13th, 2019.

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