After making a name for himself in the comics community with work like Skeleton Key and Love Fights, cartoonist Andi Watson has been conspicuously absent from comic shelves since the release of the fourth and final Glister issue last year — but no more. Earlier this week Watson announced that he’s doing a new series, Gum Girl, with kids’ book publisher Watson that is set to debut in March with an inaugural volume subtitled Catastrophe Calling. At the same time, Watson recently launched a sequel to his 2008 OGN Princess At Midnight as a webcomic associated with a a line titled “Saturday Morning Webtoons.”
Gum Girl: Catastrophe Calling is outwardly reminiscent of Power Puff Girls, but Watson’s unique storytelling promises a more nuanced approach. According to the publisher’s solicitations, “Gum Girl might be pink, but shes got bite, she’s got bubbles, and she’s not afraid to use them.” The “Catastrophe” in the title is the name of the new town Gum Girl and her father are moving into, and it lives up to its name when it comes to trouble for the budding heroine.
Watson’s a unique figure in comics, and although he’s popped up everywhere from writing Buffy The Vampire Slayer to co-writing Namor with Bill Jemas, he’s kept true to his own work and continues to push it into new areas like this.