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icon_uk ([personal profile] icon_uk) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2012-05-08 09:27 pm

Archaia Free Comic Book Day

Archaia Entertainment did something a little different for FCBD, rather than a comic, they released a hardback, bound compendium of some short stories serving as teasers or lures for their titles.

There's a charming "Labyrinth" short story about Hoggle and the Worm (Remember him?), an equally charming "Mouse Guard" tale. A visually interesting, but rather confusing "Dapper Men" story, an altogether odd "Cursed Pirate Girl" story, and a weird little tale called "Rust" teasing a longer story about a young boy trying to keep his family's farm together when his father is lost in a devastating world war, and another young kid, Jetpack Jones who crashes into the barn one day and stays to help out.

Some of those make me want to read more, some make me wonder what the creator is smoking, but I applaud the quality of the product throughout, and then there's this little gem of a quirky Western, which definitely makes me want to read the forthcoming graphic novel

Okay, I already love the concept, how about the execution (no pun intended) (I'm only posting four pages of the eight page story because, well I hope this is enough to get you to go and seek out the book.

Obie proceeds to tell the story of how he went fishing (Well, he actually says he went "cane polllin' for croppy" but I'm translating here). He didn't catch a fish, but he did catch a boy floating down the river looking half dead. Even Obie thought he was a tiny shrimp of a thing...

But after had coughed up a LOT of water, he sort of recovered...

I love the "Hello cousin", which I hear in a voice far too close to Clint Eastwood to be right for a kid this age, but it doesn't matter.

And I think I'll leave it there. Archaia have another preview up their website if you want to see more.

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