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''Castle Waiting'' is a comic book series created, written and illustrated by Linda Medley and published by Fantagraphics. It was originally self-published by Medley, and picked up by the publisher after achieving success. The first volume was published in serialised form in 1996-2001, and the second volume by Fantagraphics in 2006-12.

The story combines many FairyTales and fairy tale tropes together to form a cohesive world. Characters include the enigmatic plague doctor Dr. Fell of the ''I do not love thee, Dr. Fell'' epigram, Simple Simon, and a gold-egg laying hen (a reference to "Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk"). The eponymous Castle Waiting is the castle of "Literature/SleepingBeauty" fame. Many years have passed since the dim-witted princess left the castle with her prince without a second thought. Only the wall of thorns and three handmaidens remain. Since then, the castle has become a refuge. The main story begins with Lady Jain, a pregnant woman seeking sanctuary at Castle Waiting to escape her [[DomesticAbuse horrible husband]].

The comic was ranked as one of the best comic books of 2006 in a critics' poll in December, 2006, by Publishers Weekly.

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!! Tropes associated with this work:

* AffablyEvil: Leeds.
* AnachronicOrder: We get flashbacks interspersed with the present day story.
* AnachronismStew: Aside from the characters' modern mannerisms and dialogue, the library has an [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]] book and at one point the characters make an [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice]] reference.
* ArrangedMarriage: Jain's did not turn out well.
** To be fair, we don't ''know'' that the marriage Jain runs from is the one her father arranged with Tylo. Tylo's family is another merchant family, as Jain's is; however, she runs from a castle/keep at the beginning, one that has guards & fortifications. Considering that part of medieval life was that only nobles were allowed to build castles, one possibility is that [[spoiler:the marriage was with the Prince we see in flashback in Book Two]].
* BrightCastle
* BrokenBird: Doctor Fell, who has gone insane thanks to his inability to cure the plague.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: The Devil has a problem when you go to curse a baby.
* CloseKnitCommunity: Ready to welcome Jain.
* ConjoinedTwins: Billed as a two headed girl in a circus no less.
* CreepyTwins: Jain's half-sisters, Andreia and Aimee. Brrrrr.
** Appearance-wise anyway. Personality wise, they're quite rotten, but rather silly.
* {{Curse}}: the source of all their problems, indirectly
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Jain, Henry, and Doctor Fell all have one.
* DeliveryStork: Peace badgers Rackham into posing like this when Jain's son is born.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Simon is usually barefoot, although he does wear shoes occasionally in bad weather. Might be BarefootPoverty, but then we hear that he's actually quite well paid for his work as a handyman.
* DomesticAbuse: Jain's backstory and what drives her to Castle Waiting.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: ''Massively'' inverted with Sister Peace and the Solicitine Nuns. Wow.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the retelling of "Literature/SleepingBeauty", Leeds is disgusted with Mald cursing a baby and implies that even {{Satan}} would disapprove -- and given that it's heavily implied that the false Opinicus that ends up carrying Mald to hell is actually Satan himself, he'd seem to be right. In the second volume, we find that Leeds has a serious discomfort with "the sick stuff" that comes with torturing sinners.
* {{Familiar}}: Leeds was the familiar of Mald, the evil witch from the "Sleeping Beauty" retelling, until she got taken to Hell for cursing a baby.
* FantasticSlurs: Referring to a Hammerling as a "dwarf" can apparently be offensive, but only in certain situations and with [[NWordPrivileges a certain manner]]. Since Hammerlings appear to relate to humans as members of a separate, equally-powerful nation rather than an oppressed minority, this is probably more like British people calling Americans "Yanks" than a serious racist insult.
* FluffyTamer: Abbess Clarisse. Widow of a lion tamer, but his lions are still alive...
* {{Foreshadowing}}
* GirlsWithMoustaches: One of the characters is a bearded nun, who comes from a whole convent of such.
* GoKartingWithBowser: The whole relationship between Sister Peace and Leeds.
* GoodWitchVersusBadWitch: Melora and her friends versus Mald.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Pindar ([[spoiler:human x Leshie]]) and [[spoiler:Simon (human x giant)]].
* HandsomeLech: Chess. Having a horse's head and hooves obviously isn't a problem. (Maybe the girls assume certain... other parts are also equine?)
* HauntedCastle: Subverted. The castle is infested by poltersprites [[spoiler:and houses a ghost]], but they are all nice.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The Solicitine storyline has Peace and Nessie. Reggie and Alphonse show signs of it too.
* HolyBurnsEvil: Subverted. Undead and other "evil" beings who used to be human get burned by holy symbols because they think they should, but actual demons have no such problem.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Leeds.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tylo. Portrayed from the first as a {{Jerkass}} little boy, in the second book he gives Jain her racing horse, Rosa, just to make her happy. As he and Jain get to know each other better, they get along a lot more
* TheLadette: Sister Peace. Some of the other Solicitines even more so.
* LoopholeAbuse: The devil is directly stated to ''hate'' this trope by Leeds, and it's one of many reasons the evil witch from their version of ''Literature/SleepingBeauty'' ends up on the wrong side of EvenEvilHasStandards.
* TheMagicGoesAway: Possibly, as part of the background. The Leshies have disappeared and giants are getting smaller with each generation.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: For fairy tales in general.
* MasterOfUnlocking: Tolly is a Hammerling "doorman", which means that he has a near-supernatural talent to sense the stresses and flaws in stone and make holes through walls with ridiculously little effort.
* MeaningfulName: At first. Sister Peace was a well-behaved baby when she was born. That only lasted up until her christening. Too late to change it.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* MixAndMatchCreatures: The Opinicus, with the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, the head of a camel, and the tail of... in its most recent appearance, it looks like a lion's tail, but early on it seemed a little snakier.
** Leeds: head of a man on top of the feet/hooves of a satyr.
* NunTooHoly: All of the Solicitines.
* OrphanedPunchline: At some point, Chess is shown to be telling Pindar jokes, but we only get to read the ending of one and the beginning of the next.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Averted with the Hammerlings. Yes, they're miners and metal workers with big beards and few women, & are called dwarves (though one character in the story thinks the term is degrading), but without the Scottish accents, heavy drinking, and bad tempers. They also love ninepins and have a reputation as spies and manipulators: they're arms dealers who are sometimes suspected of promoting wars for profit. This is because ''Castle Waiting'' takes its precedents mostly from fairy tales rather than Norse mythology via Tolkein.
* OverlyLongName: Skeeter's real name is Solicitous Kummernis Eutropia Dignifortis Uncumber Hulfe Reginfledes Liberata.
* PettingZooPeople: Rackham, Chess and a number of other characters.
* PlagueDoctor: Doctor Fell is a plague doctor who has been driven mad by his experiences.
* RunningGag: Fairy tale princesses are sweet but not very bright.
* SecretPath: The castle's main keep and tower contain several.
** One of which, to Jain's consternation, had large windows, a comfy nook, and a privy. [[spoiler: It turned out to be a trap, however.]]
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: The backstory to the Solicitine Nuns -- how their order was founded
* TheQuietOne[=/=]SilentBob: Henry.
* ShoutOut:
** Rackham's name is a shout-out to the English artist Arthur Rackham.
** When Sister Bridget is planning a St. Patrick's Day festival at the convent, she and the other nuns argue about what type of meat would go with [[Creator/DrSeuss green-coloured eggs]].
** Simon is of course Simple Simon.
* SimpleMindedWisdom: Simon.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Girls]]: Sleeping Beauty's ladies-in-waiting.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: Simon's (thoroughly nice) father was killed by Literature/JackTheGiantKiller, who he views as a SerialKiller.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Rackham and Chess.
* WaddlingHead: Leeds' usual form consists of a demonic human head on tiny goats' legs.
* WarForFunAndProfit: The Hammerlings are sometimes accused of this.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: It's heavily implied that Rackham has tendencies in this direction.
* ZillionDollarBill: Two characters are effectively subjected to this trope when they're given a very valuable coin. Nobody in the town has enough money to make change for it.
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