is the title of a comic book
author Andi Watson
. It was published beginning in 1995
by Slave Labor Graphics
and was Watson's first monthly comic. Skeleton Key
ran for 30 issues and a number of supplemental stories and was generally well-received. The 30 issues were subsequently collected in five volumes.
featured detailed black and white art. Its plot centered around two young women. The first protagonist is Tamsin, a high-school student living in Canada
, who discovers the magical skeleton key that lends the series its title. This key can fit any door, and it "unlocks" pathways to other dimensions. While exploring these alternate worlds, she encounters the second protagonist, Kitsune, a Japanese fox spirit
. The earlier volumes in the series deal primarily with the adventures of the pair in these alternate worlds, while in the later volumes, the fantasy
elements become less prominent and the drama and romance of coming-of-age
stories takes center stage.
based on the series was considered as part of Nickelodeon
line. The animated series was to be produced by Sunbow Entertainment
, and an initial run of 13 episodes was ordered. However, the series was cancelled by Nickelodeon.
- Skeleton Key, Vol. 1: Beyond the Threshold (ISBN 0-943151-12-0)
- Skeleton Key, Vol. 2: The Celestial Calendar (ISBN 0-943151-15-5)
- Skeleton Key, Vol. 3: Telling Tales (ISBN 0-943151-13-9)
- Skeleton Key, Vol. 4: Cats and Dogs (ISBN 0-943151-19-8)
- Skeleton Key, Vol. 5: Roots (ISBN 0-943151-26-0)
- Skeleton Key Special collected short stories and mini-comics
- Kitsune Tales one-shot, with writer Woodrow Phoenix (ISBN 0-943151-79-1)
- Skeleton Key/Sugar Kat Special crossover with Ian Carney and Woodrow Phoenix's Where's It At, Sugar Kat?
- Skeleton Key Missive Device a book of mini-comics in postcard form