Mediocre, mass-produced beer, beware! The rise of craft is being told in comic book form. Two heavyweights from Oregon’s microbrew and graphic novel industries jointly produced the work.
Titled Legend of Ninkasi: The Rise of Craft the comic tells the story of a medieval village named Eugenia. Locals are subjected to a tyrannical brewmeister’s whims…namely that his beer – named “Bludweisen”…be the only one sold in taverns. But the Goddess of Fermentation, Ninkasi, and her dinosaur steed, Tricerahops…keg – I mean, beg- to differ.
Ninkasi Brewing co-founder Jamie Floyd helped develop the story. He says this is part of a larger comics-based campaign that started roughly two years ago. The physical book itself was done last year for a planned "Ninkasicon" event, but the pandemic changed that rollout.
“Now we’re carving out some video elements that we’re doing in-house here, that teases elements of the comic universe and also promotes our beer. A lot of real fun creativity coming out.”
Jim Gibbons of Dark Horse Comics scripted the epic ale...er, tale. He says doing the beer comic collaboration was a blast, given the Dungeons & Dragons style-setting and the opportunity to let the action move freely and quickly given the limited number of pages.
“Because a lot of times we put in references and little jokes and all that, and I’m like, 'I don’t know if everyone’s going to get this, y’know?'
"But between me and Jamie and the Ninkasi folks, it seems like a lot of people are actually picking up on a lot of them, which is really rewarding.”
There are various cameos from the local craftbrew scene, and Easter eggs sprinkled in the writing and artwork (by Dark Horse illustrator Eduardo Francisco) that is sure to tickle beer and fantasy afficionadoes.
We won’t spoil what happens when the Goddess Ninkasi confronts King Bludweisen…only that when there’s craft beer involved, you can be assured a hoppy ending.
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