Aedre’s Firefly by Jande Rowe follows the turmoil filled life of Aedre. She finds her self ridiculed and bullied at home and at school and finally decides that she’s had enough and wants to escape from this world that has treated her so badly and runs away. One of the things that drew me to Aedre’s Firelfy is the simple fact that it reminds me that comics aren’t just gag a day stuff or even for that nature, they don’t have to make us laugh to be entertaining. Aedre is one of those stories that a lot of kid’s face, and to see it told in this type of venue really makes it a worthy comic for POTW in my opinion.
The story of Aedre was first brought to us in a series of single panel updates and the blog shared some insight into what was happening in Aedre’s life. The picking on by her classmates, the way she finally brought her anger and frustration out at school after enduring what she had at home and at school for only so long.
Jande is a self taught artist having loved drawing and creating from way back as a child. Jande started painting abstracts and landscapes and continued to grow her passion for creating art in every medium she could find. After some convincing she finally stepped into the world of creating cartoons.
Aedre’s Firely was first about a little boy, but as the story developed and grew the path led to the character being a little girl, and the story sort of fed itself and continued growing to what it is today, a Long Form Webcomic. Not only is Jande a great artist and story teller but she is an avid Webcomic promoter and does what she can to spread the word about new artists, webcomics, and the ever growing popularity of Long Form Webcomics (#LFWC).
Aedre’s Firely does not baby step around the realistic feelings of abandonment that Aedre is feeling and her reactions to her environment. It approaches her thoughts of suicide, abandonment, hatred head on. Being a Long Form Webcomic allows for the story to unfold before our eyes and gives us a chance to relate to the character and long for a better future for her.
The restrictions of life are still there for her, which is really cool to see in a webcomic. She has to eat, sleep, stay warm, and feel loved. We get to see a character that is affected emotionally by her environment as well as physically. It’s easy to get used to the idea of comics being funny and not constrained by realistic aspects, then a comic such as Aedre’s Firefly comes along and shows us that comics can show us realism and life lessons as well.
We meet up with Aedre in a moment in her life where the ability to feel loved is lacking and she feels alone and decides to remove herself from the world around her by running away and yet still fears going back. We find her in the elements alone, tired, and hungry. This causes you to become attached to the character visualizing her as being affected by the same things in life that we are.
Soon Aedre’s new place of refuge and safety is disturbed when the resident of the cabin returns finding her there. The initial responses of the life she has lived come to the surface and she fears this is another person that will just turn on her and make her feel the way others have made her feel.
The cabin owner is now faced with a bigger surprise as Aedre begins to open up and he soon realizes how emotionally damaged this little girl is. Will this be the person that helps to inspire new hope in Aedre? Will she be able to find a glimpse of happiness in the world of darkness that has enveloped her emotionally? You have to tune in to find out more, so come check out Aedre’s Firefly.
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