I’ve been a fan of Jennie Wood ever since I first met her at C2E2 a couple of years ago. At that convention, I picked up Flutter, Volume 1 and almost instantly fell in love with her work. With art by Jeff McComsey, it told the story of Lily, a teenage girl who discovers she has shapechanging powers and decides to use them to get the girl of her dreams. Volume 2, which came out earlier this year from publisher 215 Ink, continued Lily’s story and that of her family and friends. September 12 marked the beginning of the Kickstarter campaign for Volume 3 and I couldn’t be more excited. (I also couldn’t be prouder to be featured in the video as one of the supportive people Wood has met.)
Flutter, Volume 2: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous deepened the relationships among the principal cast and broadened the scope of the story, delving into the secret origins not only of Lily and her powers, but of her family and friends. Likewise, the number of people responsible for Flutter increased in order to satisfy demand. “Chris [Goodwin] and I both had day jobs at the same publisher. When he stopped by to tell me he was leaving his job, I told him that McComsey and I needed a colorist for Volume Two,” Wood explains on the Kickstarter page. Colorist Chris Goodwin and letterer Jeff McClelland joined Team Flutter to help add dimension and texture to McComsey’s art and Wood’s words (while shortening production time). The result was as stunning, if not more so, than Volume 1.
Flutter, Volume 3: Hey Mom, Why So Tense? takes the central metaphor of Lily’s shapechanging abilities further than before as she finds herself trapped in the body of her mother. She continues to deal with the consequences of her actions, the chaos that has ensued, and adapting her perspective to those around her.
Flutter has been featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe. The Advocate named it one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013 and 2015, and Bleeding Cool listed it as one of the best indie comics of 2014. It has been praised by Gail Simone and Steve Orlando.
Jennie Wood at Flame Con
The Kickstarter campaign for Flutter, Volume 3 ends Friday, October 14. It’s already earned more than $5,000, and I highly recommend you contribute. Among the rewards are Flutter guitar picks, t-shirts, digital and print editions of all three volumes, and all three volumes collected into one limited print edition. Let’s see what stretch goals we can unlock!