Fairest 2: Hidden Kingdom reimagines Rapunzel as an anime heroine

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Fairest 2: Hidden Kingdom reimagines Rapunzel as an anime heroine

Lauren Beukes

Author Lauren Beukes and artist Inaki Miranda will discuss the comic at EIBF 2013

Rapunzel lets down her hair in Hidden Kingdom, the latest storyline in the Fairest comics which spun off from popular reinvented-fairytales series Fables. This version of the character isn’t just a girl who couldn’t get a hairdresser’s appointment, but a haunted, immortal woman whose continually growing locks express her emotions. When she’s loved-up, they flow to unfeasible lengths, and when she’s angry, it becomes a really bad hair day for everyone.

South African writer Lauren Beukes – better known for bestselling novel The Shining Girls – and Spanish artist Inaki Miranda are speaking about the series as part of the Stripped strand for comics and graphic novels at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. While their work is a traditional Western comic, the story’s Japanese setting allows them to play with anime imagery and Japanese folklore and horror (which often feature ghostly characters with long hair). But it’s also a cool take on a comic which avoids the tired cliches of sexy spandex-clad superheroines. Though their Rapunzel is sometimes drawn with hair coyly hiding her nakedness, the tale’s female-centric vision makes the event a handy reminder that comics are for girls too.

Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 25 Aug, 4pm, £10 (£8).

Lauren Beukes & Inaki Miranda

More evidence that the world of comics isn’t just a big boy’s playground as writer Lauren Beukes and artist Inaki Miranda are in town to discuss their contribution to Fairest, a female-centric spin-off from Bill Willingham’s Fables series. The Hidden Kingdom is a dark Tokyo twist on the legend of Rapunzel featuring hungry…

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