Schitt’s Creek Star Pens first graphic novel

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Award-winning actress and Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire will make her graphic novel debut later this year with Amelia Aierwood: Basic Witch.

Warning: contains preview images for Ameila Aierwood: Basic Witch!

Emily Hampshirestar of Schitt’s Creekwill write his first graphic novel, titled Amelia Aierwood: Basic Witch. The book, to be published later this year by Z2 Comics, will see the acclaimed actress collaborate with writer Eliot Rahal and illustrators Kristen Gudsnuk and Ames Liu to tell readers the story of Amelia Aierwood, born into a family powerful witches, as she tries to figure out how she fits in. The book will be available in a variety of formats, including editions signed by Hampshire itself.

Canadian actress Emily Hampshire is best known to American audiences for her sarcastic portrayal of hotel owner Stevie Budd in the Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek, which earned him multiple Canadian Screen Award nominations and wins, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award. Hampshire also played Jennifer Goines in the 12 monkeys television show broadcast on the SyFy channel in America; she has three Genie Award nominations to her name, as well as a Golden Maple award. Now Emily Hampshire is set to add ‘comic book writer’ to her impressive resume with the new graphic novel Amelia Aierwood: Basic Witch by Z2 Comics.

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An article on Rhythm provided more details on the forthcoming book, as well as a preview of advanced art, shared below. Amelia Aierwood is the daughter of the “awkward black sheep” of one of LA’s most prominent witch families, who also stars in their own reality TV show. Described as a “late bloomer”, Amelia’s spells often backfire, such as one that fused a witch’s hat permanently onto her head. Considered a slacker by her celebrity-obsessed family, Amelia must, in the words of editor Z2, find her own way “outside the influence of her family”. Rhythm The article went on to quote Emily Hampshire, who revealed she had channeled her “quiet inner witch” for the project and called working on the project “a dream”. Similarly, collaborators in Hampshire praised her; co-writer Rahal called for work on Amelia Aierwood: Basic Witch with Hampshire a “positive line, both personally and professionally”. The book is currently available for pre-order in a variety of formats, including signed editions by Hampshire and its collaborators. The company will also produce prints (shared below), enamel pins, and even an Amelia Aierwood lunch box.




The advanced art shared in Rhythm the article shows Amelia struggling with fame, sweating profusely while being photographed by paparazzi; another shows Amelia on her phone, no doubt scrolling through social media. These scenes of Amelia’s struggles are fancifully depicted, and that was deliberate on Hampshire’s part; Co-author Rahal reportedly said Hampshire wanted to create a “sweet and silly” book. Beyond by Amelia Aierwood fantasy, it is also linked to many young adults, who struggle to find themselves under the pressure of their families and society.


Emily Hampshire is perhaps best known to fans for her award-winning roles in Schitt’s Creek and 12 monkeysbut she is also a writer, and will publish her first graphic novel, Amelia Aierwood: Basic WitchLater this year.

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Source: Rhythm

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