May 17, 1964 |
|Area(s)||Artist, Writer, Colorist|
|Notable works||Castle Waiting|
|Awards||Xeric Award, 1996
Eisner Award, 1998
Biography and early career
Before embarking on Castle Waiting, Medley worked in the comics industry as a penciller, inker, painter, colorist, and sculptor. Her pencilling work includes stints on DC Comics' Justice League America (1991) and Doom Patrol (1993), as well as the Galactic Girl Guides for Tundra Press.
A freelance illustrator since 1985, Medley has illustrated children's books for Putnam, Grosset & Dunlap, Houghton-Mifflin, and Western Publishing. Her paintings have appeared on the covers of Paradox Press's Family Man, Howard Cruse's Stuck Rubber Baby, and TSR, Inc.'s Dragon magazine, to name just a few.
Castle Waiting tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle and its eccentric inhabitants. Medley illustrates Castle Waiting in a style reminiscent of the work of Arthur Rackham and William Heath Robinson.
Medley conceived of Castle Waiting in 1984, when she was studying folklore and children's book illustration in college. Intending to do her own take on some of Grimm's fairy tales, Medley found herself most interested in the unexplained pasts — and their often unresolved fates — of the tales' background characters.
The first Castle Waiting publication was Castle Waiting: The Curse of Brambly Hedge, which was self-published by Medley with a 1996 grant from the Xeric Foundation. Medley self-published seven issues of an ongoing Castle Waiting series in 1997-98. In 1999, Medley self-published a Castle Waiting hiatus issue. Jeff Smith's Cartoon Books started publishing Castle Waiting (volume two; 4 issues) in 2000. In 2001, Medley went back to self-publishing and put out five more issues of the title. In 2006, Fantagraphics Books began publishing Castle Waiting, and as of April 2009, fifteen new issues have been published by them.
Medley was a 1996 Xeric Award recipient. In 1996, she was an Ignatz Award nominee for Outstanding Anthology or Collection. In 1996, she was an Eisner Award nominee for Best Writer/Artist; and in 1998, she won two Eisner Awards, for Best Ongoing Story (Castle Waiting) and for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition. Also in 1998, Medley was a Lulu Award nominee for Lulu of the Year.
- Medley, Linda. afterword to Castle Waiting: The Curse of Brambly Hedge (Olio Press, 1996).
- Linda Medley at the Comic Book DB