Our writer, RJ Durante, had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Marc Bernardin last week to discuss Marc’s new graphic novel Adora and The Distance. Marc is a WGA Award-winning television writer-producer with credits on Star Trek: Picard, Carnival Row, Treadstone, Castle Rock, Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, Masters of the Universe: Revelations, and Alphas. You will also find Marc co-hosting the podcast FATMAN BEYOND with fellow legend Kevin Smith. From Marc’s roots in journalism, to his ventures into comics, his gifted storytelling ability has reached so many across a variety of mediums. You can purchase the comic on Comixology now.
RJ’s Review of “Adora and The Distance”
“Because Everyone Has Something to Teach and Everyone Has Something to Learn.”-Adora (Adora and The Distance)
I have always been a sucker for quests. Whether it be Frodo and Sam taking the Ring back to the fires of Mount Doom, or Roland Deschain and his Ka-tet attempting to reach the Dark Tower, these pursuits of the seemingly unattainable captivate me like no other. Another such adventure had come across my inbox a short time ago, one whose bright illustrations and powerful words sent me on a journey towards same feelings I had in the Shire and Gilead. Adora and The Distance, written by Marc Bernardin, in artistic collaboration with Ariela Kristantina, Bryan Valenza, and Bernardo Brice; tells the story of young Adora and her group of protectors, as they attempt to escape this Storm of Darkness (The Distance), or perhaps even, find a way to dispel it for good. Bernardin masterfully crafts this epic, contained inside a single graphic novel, that inevitably leads the reader through an emotional journey from beginning to end. The breadcrumbs dropped along the way give clues as to the true meaning behind the story, but suffice to say, the ending is worth the journey. There is so much this writer wants to discuss about Adora, but I impart to you a quest of your own. Go read this sensational piece of writing and take a moment of introspection. What is your life’s version of “The Distance”? Be brave like Adora, and embrace it.