Writer/Letterer: Joel Rodriguez
Artist/Cover Artist: Roman Gubsky
This was a fun a different kind of comic to read for a change. It still had the horror aspect with a little gore. Yet, it was more nostalgic of childhood fears and thoughts, bringing those same mental processes to life right before your very eyes, bold and in color, leading you down the path NOT chosen.
We all had that moment of thinking our parents would be served right if something bad happened to us…or them. It was a flash in the pan thought but, you’re lying to yourself if you say you didn’t think it sometime between the ages of oh, say, 5-10 years old. It’s the same thing as in “A Christmas Story” when Ralphie thinks he’d be the winner against his folks if he went blind because of LifeBuoy soap poisoning.
In addition to wanting that revenge for being displeased and angered by our parents, almost all of us feared SOMETHING at one time or another in our childhood…basements, the dark, bugs, snakes, the deep end of the pool, monsters in the closet or under the bed, the dangers that lurk in the woods.
The genius makers of this comic book have put together something really for all ages, in my opinion but, then again, I’m totally confused on censorship nowadays. Besides, cartoons have always had violence in them, not to mention slapstick comedy and then you have the news, which we beg kids to watch for what used to be called Social Studies in school. (I’m not saying let children watch The Exorcist or Saw, I mean, have some common sense. But, don’t tell me that comic books are not okay and regular TV programming is, have you SEEN the crap on television these days???) Anyways, I’m getting sidetracked…back to the geniuses!!!
These guys have taken the most common thoughts of the most common children and formed them into a comic book series that anyone can relate to and enjoy. (Unless you’re just a complete moron or outcast from another planet in another galaxy far, far away perhaps.) The writing is short and sweet, concise and clear. The addition of levity brings the humorous relaxation of comic relief as we read and remember our own childhoods, smiling in the assurance that no such things happened to US as children. The artwork completely fits the theme of the comic and I salute the guys for that. Even though most of the short stories take place at night, the colors are still well used, giving the book a good look and feel, not dull and lifeless. Plus, it read extremely fast and caught a smile on almost every page.
While right now this is only in digital format, the guys have a KickStarter campaign going to help raise funds for the first print run of the comic book. I have included all of their website and social media information below. Please feel free to visit them and contribute.
Kickstarter campaign - duskcountychronicles.com
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