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Now's Your Chance for More Norse Goodness!

Fans of the romping Norse epic Brat-Halla will be elated to know that its creators are considering increasing their update schedule to twice a week if they receive enough positive reader feedback about the idea. To test the waters, they've created a poll* to gauge the idea's popularity. Currently, the strip updates once a week on Wednesdays.

I'm personally thrilled about this prospective change in schedule. I've loved Brat-Halla since I first ran into it back on Kevin Smith's site, before it moved to its new home at Graphic Smash. The concept - Norse gods Thor, Hod, Balder and Loki as kids, watched over by parents Odin and Frigg and a host of sexy Valkyries - escapes the perils of cliché by being incredibly funny, rich in mythological underpinnings twisted sideways, pleasing to look at and did I mention incredibly funny?

I'm a sucker for comics with a little thought behind them - if you want to take established themes and play with them, you have to understand the subject matter first, and its clear that strip writer Jeffery Stevenson has put a lot of thought, research and most likely ale into his plots. Loki is more lovable than malevolent here, with a secret hidden passion for dolls and tea sets. Stevenson's also taken one of the least-mentioned Aesir, Hod, and turned him into an unlikely all-in-one hero, poet and kung-fu master.

Artist Seth Damoose takes numerous liberties with appearances - Hod, traditionally Balder's twin brother, looks nothing like him - but uses his own creative, uniquely humorous style to animate these tales further. And his skill at subtly accenting critical subtexts to the plot, like a change in Hod's googly eyes, adds a second dimension to Stevenson's writing.

Damoose's simultaneously chaotically loose and highly detailed art can be a little hard-to-follow in black and white (e.g. his other joint venture with Stevenson, Steampunk Fairies), but Anthony Lee's coloring enhances and clarifies everything. It's a joy to look at - you can really see the comic's style develop as the art and coloring progresses with each strip - and a joy to read.

The only thing you could really wish for - other than a print collection of the strips - is easy first-comic/forward/backward/last-comic navigation buttons above or below the panel, to flip through the archives easily. But that's a small price to pay.

* Yes, it's a yes-no poll, so it's a little bit of a given that the schedule will change. The only way they probably won't change is if readers don't bother to vote. Plus, if you like Brat-Halla, it's a free and easy way to give a little love back to its hard-working comics creators.

The only thing you could

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The only thing you could really wish for - other than a print collection of the strips - is easy first-comic/forward/backward/last-comic navigation buttons above or below the panel, to flip through the archives easily. But that's a small price to pay.

Easier navigation is in the works. When Joey rolls out the new changes to the Graphic Smash site (not sure when that'll happen), I'll be able to move the nav bar (and other elements) wherever I want. The navigation's the first thing on my list to change.

As for Balder and Hod... Hod's appearance is mostly because we wanted a goth godling of darkness and poetry. They are technically twins in the world of Brat-halla, and I have a backstory to discuss their differing physical appearances that was gonna be original material for a trade collection. Let's just say... one was really, really loved and the other was a little "neglected".

Excellent!

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That's great to hear, on both points! I hope I'll get to see that backstory in print some day.

I want the brat-halla tv

I want the brat-halla tv show myself

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