The Project

Wild Rose is a six-issue mini-series with potential for an ongoing storyline. This is a socially conscious project which depicts the realities of life in 18th century Europe, including people of color and LGBTQ+ orientation.

The Story

Set against the backdrop of London and rural Ireland in 1790, Wild Rose reimagines a haunting Irish folktale. The story of Eliza Day is a tale of love and revenge, but also of class conflict, religious intolerance, and the secret societies that became common in eighteenth century Ireland.

When Eliza is seduced and betrayed by a wealthy English lover, she vows to seek revenge and enlists the help of a witch. But as she soon finds out, the restrictive society in which she lives has no place for defiant, damaged women who break with convention. With the help of Adam Stone, a free Black man, Eliza has a chance to make a new life for herself after the loss of her innocence – but to do so, she will have to be braver than she could ever have imagined.

The Creators

Nicola R. White (writer) – In 2016, Nicola’s debut novel, Fury’s Kiss, won the $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and received national news coverage in Canada. Since then, she continues to publish several books each year and has branched out into game writing and graphic novels. In addition to her work as a writer, Nicola is a lawyer and college instructor.

Kara Brauen (pencils/inks) – Kara Brauen received her Bachelor’s Degree in English at St Thomas University, before going on to study animation at the Gaming and Animation Institute of Fredericton. Since then, she has spent several years working as a freelance designer and illustrator. Her packaging work has received Honourable Mention from Xerox’s Best of the Best 2016 Awards, and she has won an award for Excellence in Art Direction at the 2016 Silver Wave Film Festival for her work on the short film “The Wakefield Will.”

Sandy Carruthers (cover artist + colorist/letterer) – Sandy Carruthers first started working in comics at Malibu Graphics and worked on many black and white titles. His biggest success was The Men in Black comic, which he illustrated and which was later adapted into a blockbuster film starring Will Smith. He has also worked on Captain Canuck and Canadiana, a webcomic starring the Canadian superheroine. He served as the Editorial Cartoonist for the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper for ten years and published a book of his editorial cartoons entitled Sh-It Happened. He has worked on several graphic novels for Graphic Universe, including Yu the Great and Sunjata: Warrior King of Mali (a 13th-century West African story).

With special thanks to

Maria Nguyen (issue #1: pages 1-6) – Duong Thuy (Maria) Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Canadian visual artist whose editorial work has appeared in The New York Times, among other publications. She graduated from the illustration program at Sheridan College in 2014 and her work has since been featured on art blogs BOOOOOOOM and Supersonic Art. Maria has thousands of followers online (@DTNart) and is a co-creator of the Finding Waldo zine by Thought Shower. Her original Horror Manga zine has seen multiple printings.

Jono Doiron (issue #1: cover art/color/lettering) – Jono Doiron graduated from a three year traditional animation and fine arts course in 2007, afterwards working in animation as an animator and cleanup artist. In 2009, he shifted his focus to pursue painting while combining his love of cartoons, humor and storytelling. His work has since been exhibited in galleries across North America. Today he works as a freelance illustrator and fine artist creating work for exhibitions, companies, and private clients. In 2017, he was featured on The Space Channel as a notable artist to watch.