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The Legend of Bold Riley

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  201 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
From the Northwest Press website: "Leia Weathington’s sword-and-sorcery epic The Legend of Bold Riley is illustrated by Leia and a host of talented artists.

“Who is Bold Riley?” you might ask. She has hunted the wildest game and dallied with countless beautiful girls, but still longs to know the world beyond the city walls. Princess Rilavashana SanParite, called Bold Riley,
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 2012 by Northwest Press
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Jun 09, 2016 Rigby rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, queer
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Oct 10, 2016 Rindis rated it liked it
I grabbed this graphic novel at APE a few weeks ago, and it's pretty good. It's a collection of six stories, each with a different artist, but the same writer. Each story makes a good whole, so the graphic novel is overall episodic in structure.

Rilavashana (Riley) is a princess of the fictional Indian kingdom of Prakkalore, but is seriously smitten with the wanderlust bug, and so goes off on adventures far from home in the best Sword & Sorcery tradition. The stories are actually more traditi
Nov 07, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok
Started off feeling decently folk-tale-y, but tapered off into fairly aimless stories that were somehow just lacking. Some of the art is nice, and it's nice to see a protagonist who happens to be non-white, but she ended up feeling like just a gender-swapped James Bond with very little character development--sometimes clever, but kind of a blow-hard, who will sleep with any woman under sixty as an almost mandatory act, and of course no woman is ever uninterested because, like, *all* girls are to ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Lissibith rated it really liked it
What a lovely book. I totally just saw it in previews and decided to take the plunge - am I glad I did. It's just fantastic to find such a well-written protagonist who manages to be neither white nor male nor straight.

The whole thing has a very folk stories feel to it, with a focus on an Indian-style setting, and the art varies from chapter to chapter. The tales vary from comedic to touching, with one actually making me cry - not something comics usually manage but something I've been getting fr
Aug 28, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Rilavashana takes on a bold journey that was once only relegated to men in epic. A distinctive Indian feel makes this a setting worth investigating. Riley herself may be called bold, but she embodies courage and wisdom more so. She helps others, is forgiving, and is a lover of women. Even with such wonderful material to work with, it falls short. Various artists are used, so there is no consistency from story to story, and although it has the feeling of the journey in epic, it has little purpose ...more
I bought this comic because it promised to combine this lovely, colorful graphic you can see on the cover and the myths and tales from Indian culture.

Well, the second one did deliver and I really liked that since I don't have many occasions to read about this culture and it seems fascinating.

As for the graphic - the comic is split into several stories that combine into one journey and each story is drawn by a different person and well... some of them were kind of strange and not exactly what I
Jessica Bingham
May 06, 2014 Jessica Bingham rated it really liked it
Great graphic novel! Riley is an awesome female character. My one complaint, and it is a personal thing, that I wish it was the same artist throughout the novel.
A.K. Skelding
Nov 08, 2015 A.K. Skelding rated it liked it
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Tony Laplume
Jul 13, 2015 Tony Laplume rated it liked it
It's a little hard to know what to make of Bold Riley. On the one hand, there's a lot of competence behind it creatively. On the other, it seems like Weathington borrowed a lot of Indian folklore to create her stories, and kind of needlessly created a fictional version of India to do it.

So, what's wrong with that? For one, Weathington creates a bunch of difficult-to-pronounce names, or just plain difficult. Which in depicting another culture is fine, but she immediately undercuts that by giving
Ashley D--
I wanted to love this book, but it fell a little flat for me, from Jane Espenson's intro through to the end of the book. I wasn't really sure what the point of the story was and the characters weren't developed enough for me to enjoy them as anything but plot twists or exercises in diversity.

I appreciate having a queer woman of colour as a badass heroine, but I would have enjoyed the story more if it were either more tied to Indian culture or not at all associated with any culture from real life
Oct 29, 2015 Adina rated it really liked it

A graphic novel, or a series of comics, about an Indian princess who goes by the name Bold Riley. A restless spirit, she leaves the palace as soon as she is old enough to set out and see the world. She is not simply a rich girl on a very long vacation, though- quickly pulled in to situations with Indian gods and spirits, pranks, traps, danger, and people who need her help. She is a girl on a mission, even as she wanders and goes where the wind leads her. She is a hero.
This b
Jul 19, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing
So, I got this book completely on a whim. I was looking through our Previews catalogue at work and just happen to glance at the listing for this; then I did what I always do. I fell in love with the cover art. I know, I know. Bad Shannon! But this time it didn't fail me. Bold Riley is a female fairly tale hero that spends her days defeating monsters, saving innocent villagers, and making all the ladies swoon.

I really like the fact that it's written in a way that reminds you if reading all the st
Aug 17, 2014 Tiamatty rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic book. Riley herself is a wonderful protagonist - fearless, clever, strong, compassionate. That she's Indian (in appearance, anyway; it's a fantasy setting, so "India" doesn't actually exist) and a lesbian make her even more interesting. The stories are also excellent. They've got strong Eastern influences. Much more than one would expect from someone who doesn't look particularly Eastern. Weathington herself describes it as a mix of Gilgamesh, folklore, Conan and Disney Princ ...more
Josh English
Nov 26, 2016 Josh English rated it it was amazing
Weathington gives us a story out of an alternate eastern mythos. Princess Rilavashana SanParite begins her life of adventure to follow her heart. These small stories tell parts of a larger tale that leaves me wanting more. I want the next adventure, the next story.

Riley uses a combination of her knowledge and training with a sword to get through each adventure. The potential to explore the world is great, and Riley is a solid canvas to work with: capable of dealing with thing but also capable of
Sep 29, 2014 Jocilyn rated it it was amazing
The Legend of Bold Riley is one of the most lovely and and engaging comic anthologies I've ever read. Bold Riley, the princess of noble kingdom, lives for adventure and strikes out from home at an early age to explore her world. Along the way she encounters many fascinating characters and does everything in her power to help those in need. Bold Riley reminds me of an Indian Xena: strong, courageous, wild-hearted and one with the ladies. This anthology includes stories from several comic artists ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I forgot to add this! It was a great little comic created by a diverse team of artists, including the writer herself. Bold Riley is wonderful because it isn't preachy or fueled by a political agenda. It's just your average fantasy tale with a female protagonist who happens to like women. A truly beautiful book which does what more LGBTQ-centered media needs to -- normalizes stories of queer characters without making the fact that they're queer the major focus. I can't wait to see ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Adriane rated it it was amazing
I picked up the Legend of Bold Riley from the Northwest Press table at APE con in SF. I've been meaning to read it for a while but had never gotten around to it. I was not disappointed, it was a great series of short comic vignettes all by different artists though the writer remained consistent. This added an interesting twist to the narrative as each artist lended different flavor to the story while the author kept the tone and theme consistent.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who e
Dec 03, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
The Legend of Bold Riley is a wonderful graphic novel by Leia Weathington and others. It is the story of a young princess going off to find her fortune and rescuing damsels in distress along the way.

I really enjoyed this novel. The graphics were beautiful and I fell in love with Bold Riley just a little bit myself. She is full of spunk and she isn't afraid to take on any challenge that comes her way. On top of that she is also kind and gentle when it behooves her to follow that path also. She w
Apr 18, 2016 Miss rated it liked it
pseudo-indian (? based off how riley looks in the first chapter i'd guess sri lankan but it felt like they were trying for india with the culture references) sword and sorcery fantasy, following our heroine riley as she cures her travel itch by way of journeying across the land in search of adventure. the art varies -- i liked whoever they had drawing the first chapter and the ending but i wasn't wild about some of the stuff in the middle -- but generally stays at least servicable. my only real ...more
Oct 20, 2013 Lucy rated it it was amazing
This is one of those comics I've been looking for my whole life! This story takes your typical machismo rogue hero, and makes him female--and awesome. Bold Riley is heroic, mischievous, and a bit of a lady killer.

The different art styles were also nice, giving a different feel to each story. My one complaint is that I'd like to see a longer story arch, even though the one-off adventures are fun in themselves.

I'm looking forward to the next volume!
Dec 04, 2012 Delphia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-books
The illustrations are more than enough to capture your attention. The stories of Bold Riley are great, she serves justice with a side of compassion. It is a whimsical type of story with creatures, quests, and love. Wonderful colors and the right amount of dialogue!This was a very lucky win for me on Goodreads!
Jan 16, 2015 Shaun rated it it was amazing
I can't speak to highly of this series. Weathington manages to spin a tale with Bold Riley that feels like legend. The book is a series of short stories that all feel old. They feel like stories of a time and place long lost. And it just manages to build a powerful narrative where gods, monsters and magic is possible,
Aug 10, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok
Wait. That's the end? How can that be the end?! It's not like there's a sequel planned... is there? I got along fine with some of the art, but others really annoyed me. The switches were very distracting. However, I didn't hate it. Such a glowing review from me, clearly.
I loved this back when it was a web comic - Bold Riley is a lesbian warrior princess from a fantasy land reminiscent of sixteenth century (or earlier) India who fights demons and rescues other women. What's not to love? Much of the art is gorgeous too. More, more!
MC Bonet
Aug 30, 2015 MC Bonet rated it liked it
Interesting graphic novel. I'll admit the art, to me, failed in a few chapters. But the story was good regardless. It is interesting to see the classic hero tale with a female character. I'm not sure this is it for Bold Riley, but I hope to see more of this character in the future.
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Scott Neigh
A rousing, adventurous graphic novel, with a bold, queer woman of colour as the heroine. Aspects of the book may be a bit on the orientalist side, though, I couldn't decide...
Feb 01, 2016 l. rated it liked it
tragic lesbianz strikes again. I wouldn't have minded it as much if it hadn't been such an abrupt ending
Dawn Betts-Green (Dinosaur in the Library)
This is amazing. LGBT badass in which her lesbianness is just a fact of nature. No big deal. Beautiful. Now I need Volume 2. No, seriously, now...
May 21, 2015 Jessi rated it it was amazing
An excellent book from an excellent friend.
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