The Golden Age, Book 1

Episode 70

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Greetings, Explorers! We kick off the fifth season of the podcast with The Golden Age, Book 1. Story by Roxanne Moreil and Cyril Pedrosa, art by Cyril Pedrosa. First Second published the book in the U.S. in 2020.

Set in a medieval time, the kingdom of Antrevers is perfect in every way — for the ruling class. After her father, King Ronan, passes, Princess Tilda wants to give her subjects a better life. Before she can, her younger brother and the ruling class perform a coup that puts her on the run. Joining Princess Tilda are Tankred and Bertil, a knight and squire loyal to her and her father. As the common people begin to revolt and throw off the shackles of oppression, Princess Tilda learns of the legendary “Golden Age”, when all people lived free.

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Dennis and Johnny (Frankie was off fighting in the Antrevers Revolution) begin the episode by reading some listener comments. Next, they delve into the world and history of The Golden Age, Book 1. Finally, they discuss the way Pedrosa uses character movement to propel the story across the pages of the book.

Additional topics include gateway drugs for Dungeons and Dragons; character designs; the possible influence of the legend of Joan of Arc; the “magic box” and Tilda’s mother’s machinations; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of The Golden Age, Book 1.

Please check out our reading lists for previous seasons by clicking here. We would love to hear your suggestions for future episodes of Graphic Novel Explorers Club.

Featured music:

Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing

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