Really, really dark, perturbing, thought-provoking, and awesome. I would loan this to anyone anytime! I have a few other Ott books but the size, formaReally, really dark, perturbing, thought-provoking, and awesome. I would loan this to anyone anytime! I have a few other Ott books but the size, format, layout, and binding of this anthology makes it really worth owning. Especially great is the one-page 5 panel summary of Alice in Wonderland, ha....more
Dan Brereton's artwork is gorgeous, but really it's the Nocturnals' world that sucks you into this book and all the subsequent Nocturnals comics. It'sDan Brereton's artwork is gorgeous, but really it's the Nocturnals' world that sucks you into this book and all the subsequent Nocturnals comics. It's basically a kind of forever Halloween; it's always night (not literally, but since the main characters operate at night, narratively it is) and there are a lot of monsters and weird creatures - some familiar and some new - populating the landscape. There are aliens and ghosts and sea monsters and mutants and vampires and zombies running around basically a pulp movie, blowing stuff up and looking cool while doing it. If you like Hellboy you'll probably like this. The artwork alone is worth a look, even if you aren't as into the action-based stories or are wishing for something with more character development. For me, the only sad thing about Nocturnals is that there's isn't a whole lot MORE of it - I got invested in these characters and their world so fast upon first read*, and their stories don't develop very far before the material runs out.
This volume, Black Planet, collects the first story arc and introduces all the main characters. The original series came out in maybe 1998? and this trade paperback has been out of print for a while, I think.
*I read these a long time ago, but recently I've been thinking of running a one-shot or short campaign of the RPG game in this world, so I decided to reread all the comics. ...more
Dreamtoons is a short trade paperback collection of four-panel daily comic strips drawn by Jesse Reklam. All of the strips are based on dreams submittDreamtoons is a short trade paperback collection of four-panel daily comic strips drawn by Jesse Reklam. All of the strips are based on dreams submitted to Reklam by readers. His strip started online and is now syndicated in several print newspapers.
It's a pretty neat idea, but in practice it gets old really fast. Some of the dreams are intriguing, others just plain boring. All of the dreams get the same four-panel setup, which is too bad when one of the dreams is really interesting and you just know there is more. Many of the dreams could really benefit from being expressed more thoroughly in the language of comics, rather than the limited conventions of newspaper cartooning. Also, some of the wonder of a really weird dream is lost somehow in its retelling by someone other than the dreamer.
The book is peppered with grey-tone pages containing large print quotations from various sources on the nature of dreams. That's actually the best part of the book.
While it's not a bad end table or bathroom book, I think I would much rather read these strips as strips. Sadly, there just really isn't that much to them....more
This is a strange little story. The hardest thing for me to get around was not so much the somewhat odd mix of humor into a sometimes abstract and sliThis is a strange little story. The hardest thing for me to get around was not so much the somewhat odd mix of humor into a sometimes abstract and slightly non-sensical plot but rather the artwork. I can't tell if the mildly grotesque linework is some sort of intentional statement on the part of the artist - a visual representation of the existential concept of nausea? a technique to be sure the reader sees all characters strongly as "other" and are not inclined to identify too much with any one? - or just something that happens when, as you're learning cartooning, you learn to exaggerate features and you end up more on the side of 'gross caricature' rather than the side of 'overly cute'
Regardless, this is an interesting short work from an intriguing artist. I read this in its original 4 issue miniseries form, and didn't realize it had been collected. I'm not sure it's something I'll search out and buy in trade form, if that says anything to those of you who are avid comic readers and collectors....more
I just remembered this is coming out this month. I'm totally excited to read this; I expect it to be a huge step up from Zombies Calling which was anI just remembered this is coming out this month. I'm totally excited to read this; I expect it to be a huge step up from Zombies Calling which was an already pretty excellent first work from a young comics author. I totally have to buy this, immediately. ...more