The Song of Otto (1)

By: Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
February 12, 2012

“The Song of Otto” — first installment in a series of nine. New installments published daily for the next nine days. Written by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, drawn by Frank Fiorentino.


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The Song of Otto is set in a vaguely futuristic Roncesvalles Village, Toronto, Canada, and depicts a final crusade, played out by alienated youth using the main street as a borderline between two factions. The fiction is a re-imagining of the middle-ages epic The Song of Roland (Le Chanson de Roland), which is set in Roncesvalles, France, and mythologizes a first crusade. The story was first published in Filter Literary Journal. This is its first exposure as a comic.

Copies of segments of this story can be purchased here. Copies of the full text version of the original story can be obtained here.

About the Artist: Frank Fiorentino is an award-winning graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is the publisher of Sparrow Press, and author-illustrator of several indie graphic publications, including The Atlantic, I Don’t Blame You, and Never the Less. Frank lives and works in London, UK. More information here.