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New Comic Series Explores Sleeping Beauty as a Post-Apocalyptic Story


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Let’s say Sleeping Beauty was never awakened by a handsome prince and her sleeping curse went full term. And let’s say that the Sleeping Beauty woke up in a post-apocalyptic wasteland after that sleeping curse was over.

This is the amazing premise behind a new comic series called Briar from BOOM! Studios who is joining forces with Halt and Catch Fire executive producer and Iron Man writer Christopher Cantwell for the project.

“I’ve never gotten a chance to tell a high fantasy story of any kind, but I’ve always wanted to, ever since I discovered old Robert E. Howard stories. One thing that kept me hesitant was finding a proper way in-something new and different that also celebrates all the sword & sorcery fun seen in the best of the genre,” said Cantwell during an exclusive look at the new series at

Briar Comic Series

“In tandem, as I grow older, the world around us seems less and less stable with so many things falling into crisis,” Cantwell continues. “These two things came together in my head in the form of BRIAR… here’s someone that remembers the world one way, during a time of sheltered innocence, but has now overslept… and found herself in a place of complete entropic disarray. The question is, how will she even survive? And what happens when the plans for the entire rest of your life turn out to be completely meaningless and absurd? Where do you turn to in order to conjure up your own new meaning and purpose?”

Artist German Garcia and colorist Matheus Lopes are heading up the art side of things while Yanick Paquette, Mirka Andolfo, and Jenny Frison are contributing covers.

“We are thrilled to be working with Christopher again, and with Germán and Matheus for the very first time, on this brand new fantasy epic born out of the legend of Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty,” said Eric Harburn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Unlike any fairy tale you’ve read before, BRIAR is the story of a heroine who takes survival into her own hands, even if it means getting them a bit bloody. My advice – don’t sleep on it!”

The first issue of Briar will hit stores — both physical and digital — this September.

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    Shawn has been infatuated with the post-apocalyptic genre since he wore out his horribly American-dubbed VHS of the original Mad Max as a child. Shawn is the former Editor-in-Chief at, creator of the Aftermath post-apocalyptic immersion event, and author of "AI For All," a guide to navigating this strange new world of artificial intelligence.
    He currently resides on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere with his wife and four children.

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