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Baby Barbarian

a graphic novel about family

Life in the Coldfast Mountains is short, brutish, and hard.

 The Berrserk family wouldn’t have it any other way. 

 

To be fair they don’t know any other way of life. 

The farthest they've ever gone from their ancestral thwaite is the nearby village of Lethomme.

 

They've never passed the Hoary Falls, much less gone south to the Warmslow Mountains, where life is long, peaceful, and languorous.  

In fact, if Mr. Mountebank, a mysterious traveler from a distant realm, had never come to Lethomme with his wagon full of magic, then the Berrserk's simple existence might never have been upended. 

 

Of course, if that were the case, we wouldn't have a story to tell.... 

 

So Begins the story of

The Throne

of Games

&

Baby Barbarian

Meet the Berrserks

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Brunhild Berrserk

"Don't play with the stick! Poke an eye out!"

There is a Korean saying: "Mother is stronger than woman"

That in a nutshell is Brunhild Berrserk. 

Strong but gentle, generous but no push-over, Brom's mom embodies the best qualities of motherhood. 

 

She is quick to give the benefit of the doubt to friend and stranger alike, but everyone in Lethomme knows only a fool would take her goodness for granted.... 

 

...because when she says she's got a sword in her braid, she's not being metaphorical. 

Brom Berrserk

"You wouldn't like me when I'm hangry!"

Eight-year-old Brom, aka Baby Barbarian, (that's what his mom calls him, though he's beginning to bristle as he gets older) is the main, (but not only) hero of these adventures. 

An up-and-coming barbarian male of the Coldfast Mountains, Brom has not yet learned to rage. Soon enough circumstances will force him to tap this latent family feat. Until then, his primary purpose is exploring the wilds and making sure his mom and dad are happy as carnivorous river clams. 

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Bjorn Berrserk

"It's all fun and games when I get hurt!"

 Usually affable, largely responsible, Brom's dad, Bjorn, has a dormant mean streak that only comes out at night when he's drank 

a couple (dozen) flagons of Ole Prune 

 

Like a lot of dads, Bjorn was a different man

before he met Brom's mother.

 

And some of his old friends

won't let him to forget it! 

 

In fact, it's Bjorn falling off the wagon and into old habits that sets the ball rolling in Baby Barbarian, Throne of Games!  

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