Cuithbairt in Enter the Wombat cover
Inspired by Dave Sims’ Cerebus the Aardvark and Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, Circus-13 Comics brings you Cuithbairt (CUTH-bert) of Ireland, a fantasy tale of history, myth, and legend.
For those of you unfamiliar with the above-mentioned titles, especially Usagi Yojimbo, I have long been a fan of the “indie” comics more than the “Big Two” (Marvel and DC). While I do enjoy my superheroes, the titles that have more heart have been through numerous publishers yet are still written and drawn by the same people. Usagi Yojimbo, ElfQuest, Cerebus the Aardvark, among others. There are no reboots in these stories, just a continuing tale that is very well-written, with unique art styles.
Enter Cuithbairt. I wanted to do something similar to Usagi mostly, with his tales of feudal Japan, blending anthropomorphized animals with history, myths, and even some nods to Japanese samurai films, Zatoichi and Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo in particular. But since I am not Japanese, I couldn’t do that, besides Mr. Sakai has that wrapped up fairly well with Usagi. I decided to follow my family’s roots and do Scottish and Irish history and myth. I didn’t know what to do for an animal, but a few years ago I toyed with doing a Cerebus type story called Jhakamo the Wombat. Jhakamo evolved into Cuithbairt, and the rest is history.
Enjoy Cuitbairt, as I research more Irish and Scottish myths and try to figure out how to work them into a tale about a wandering wombat.
Written by Timm Gillick
Art by Timm Gillick
Colors by Timm Gillick
Lettered by Timm Gillick