The Harley Market

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Posted by RazzaTazz (11946 posts) - - Show Bio

As I have been saying for some time, Grimm Fairy Tales has a habit of somewhat misrepresenting its covers. Not in the usual way, where scenes on the cover never end up in the interior. This has generally been a step above that, as the covers are not even thematically accurate, as they feature scantily clad women versus stories with strong female characters (in fact GFT tends to write predominantly female characters.)

One interesting development in the recent years is the use of harlequin like figures, especially as it relates to the Wonderland series. While these are kind of thematically related, they are not an exact match. Harlequins represent whimsical fun, whereas Wonderland is a story based off of literary nonsense, while also incorporating in some modern themes - related if not similar themes. What is out of place are once again the covers, not necessarily exploitative in this case, but appealing to the eye as they capture the design aspect of the harlequin which has its own niche of popularity (the best example of which is Harley Quinn.) In terms of misrepresenting covers this is probably once again one of the ways in which Zenescope manages to appeal to female fans, as instead of exploiting women (though it does do that) it is exploiting a theme in a prominent way as well.

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#1 Posted by jloneblackheart (7274 posts) - - Show Bio

What I've noticed with Zenescope is the drastic difference in quality of art on the cover and of the story. Now, regular mainstream comics typically have better art on the cover than the interior, but Zenescope is leagues different. At least this is the experience I've had with any I've picked up. I'm interested every now and again, but the amazing covers with the bland interiors always turns me away.

But I have noticed GFT has been putting out a lot more books lately. I hope they are good and have been doing well.

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#2 Edited by RazzaTazz (11946 posts) - - Show Bio

@jloneblackheart: The art is a bit lacking, but the stories are usually well written :)

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