Cecil Castellucci, noted young adult novelist of such books as Boy Proof and Tin Star is also renowned for her music career with the band Nerdy Girl, and for her exemplary graphic novels such as The PLAIN Janes. Next year, Castellucci will team with artist Jose Pimienta for a depression-era graphic novel of self-discovery titled Soupy Leaves Home, to be published by Dark Horse.
More often than not, I use the On The Cheap column to recommend some buried treasures from the world of superhero comics, but this time, we're going to something a little different: The Leg, an original graphic novel from Van Jensen and Jose Pimienta that weaved a magical realism tale of Santa Anna's severed leg returning to life and journeying across Mexico in 1938 on a mission of revenge. And if that sounds weird, well, it is.
This week, we're taking a look at a handful of comics that were produced with the crowdfunding help of Kickstarter, from magical realism to filthy, filthy porno and more! Did your favorite make it onto the list? Check it out and see!
In 1838, the Mexican general Santa Anna was hit by cannon fire, resulting in a shattered ankle and the amputation of his leg, which he then had buried with full honors. He then entered politics, but when the people of Mexico rebelled against him, the leg itself was exhumed and then lost to history. This is historical fact. Obviously, there was eventually going to be a comic book about this eventually.
Then again, I don't think anyone ever expected it to take the form that it has. In an original graphic novel being funded on Kickstarter, writer Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps, The Flash) and artist Jose Pimienta are telling the story of The Leg, and how it gains sentience and returns to Mexico in the 1930s in what can only be described as a pretty offbeat journey. This was something we had to find out more about, so I spoke to Jensen and Pimienta about where their interest in historical dismemberment started, why they went to Kickstarter, and just how much emotion an artist can get out of a severed limb.