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Why Comics ARE Literature Part 3

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Okay, so zombies may not be everyone’s thing. However, The Walking Dead is so much more than a zombie comic. Especially when it comes to the first volume, “Days Gone Bye,” which collects issues one through six of this monthly series from Image Comics.

Written by Robert Kirkman (who writes the campy Marvel Zombies) and drawn by Tony Moore (who works on Fear Agent and The Exterminators), this is a story you don’t want to miss. You would think that, being a zombie comic, it would be filled with blood and guts. However, there is so much more. A genuine tale of humanity and survival in unforgiving times, the story ends with a huge exclaimation point that should not be missed. That is why we gave Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye five out of five stars.


September 8, 2008 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Image Comics, Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Warning: Devil Weed WILL Make You KILL

Every once in a while I come across a rare gem that I just have to share with you. Dope Fiends of the Zombie Cafe is one such gem. Released way back in 2004, this digest-sized book tells the tale of what happens when radioactive carrots and ‘dope’ falls into the hands of local youngsters in a small town. A tribute to cult classic movies from the 1930s, all the way up to the 1980s. It all begins when a elementary class takes a trip to the Centerville Federal Agricultural Research Facility (C-FARF for short) and they all get radioactive carrots as momentos of the trip. After eating the carrots, they all turn into brain-hunting zombies. The same happens in a local beatnik bar where ‘dope’ grown on an abandoned farm near C-FARF is being smoked like candy. What ensues is a fun and campy adventure of strange beatiality jokes, dismemberment, and education about zombie rabbits.

Sean Frost penned this outlandish tale and described it as Reefer Madness meets Village of Giants and Night of the Living Dead. And while the writing will not be winning an Eisner, it is fun the whole way through. The artwork by Rafer Roberts is comic strip in style, but fits in well with the story being told. I am especially fond of the tribute to the Archie characters.

I give this little gem a 4 out of 5 stars. Unfortunately, the publisher (Hula Cat Comics) seems to be out of business. There has not been any activity on their website since 2005. I also checked on Amazon and Ebay. No one seems to have this book available. My copy came from a little table my local comic shop keeps of indie titles. Keep your eyes open for this one. It probably won’t be worth a fortune anytime soon, but it’s more than worth the $3.00 cover price in fun.

August 19, 2008 Posted by | Comic Books, Reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment