You have to understand, I've been around comics for many years -- first as a fan and then as a professional. At this point in my career it takes a lot to get my attention. (And no, changing the sex or race of a character or killing off someone renown for their healing factor... not going to do it.)
But this past weekend at Comic-Con I was passing through Artist Alley looking to say hello to some old friends and make new ones...
... when I stumbled across Eliza Frye and her graphic novel, REGALIA!
And I was floored. Honestly, almost breathless as I flipped through the pages of this 160 page book that she wrote, illustrated, lettered and designed. I would not realize until I got home that there were nine short stories the made up this original graphic novel... and at the point I bought it none of that mattered.
Just from my first glance it was clear that not only is Eliza a phenomenal talent... she's clearly a rule breaker! Each story is completely different from the next, each with its own pallet, each with its own design. Some of the stories are sexy, some are mysterious, and one "Lucky House" is at once a little unnerving and a lot heartbreaking.
It didn't surprise me at all to discover she had once been nominated for an Eisner. Or that her Kickstarter raised twice the amount of money she had sought to raise. Apparently there are a lot of people who were already aware of the amazing Eliza (I didn't discover Breaking Bad until season five, either).
Do yourself a favor and get this book. Whether it is on Amazon, at a local comic book store, or from Eliza herself when you discover her in your own Artist Alley.
Eliza Frye is the future, kids. You heard it here first!
You can find the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Regalia-Eliza-Frye/dp/0984043500
And check out Eliza's site here: http://elizafrye.tumblr.com/