About Peers of Menard
Consisting of writers Ben Flebbe and Dan Miles, Peers of Menard was founded in 2017 for the purpose of publishing their graphic novel collaborations. The first project under the Peers of Menard banner is Tale of the Taira, an adaptation of a medieval Japanese epic.
About Tale of the Taira
Japan’s iconic epic, The Tale of the Heike, was compiled in the early 1200s from disparate accounts of the Genpei War, the conflict that ended an era of peace and changed the course of the country. Pieces of this story have been adapted many times for many audiences: as recitations, noh plays, kabuki plays, films, and television series. Our retelling aims to make the epic as a whole accessible to a new generation of readers, working with artists Milan Mišić and Miloš Trajković to bring the story’s vivid imagery to life. We call it Tale of the Taira.
Volume One is a collection of stand-alone stories united by the theme of loyalty rather than chronological progression. Each can be appreciated on its own, but presented together they begin to reveal the connections that bring the larger setting to life. One of these stories, The Death of Seno, is already completed, but right now we are preparing a Kickstarter to fund the rest of this volume. You can keep updated and keep up with our Kickstarter updates by joining our mailing list, here.