Saturday, October 16, 2021

 

Acer Bloodgood :

Journey Into Misery + Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous

Smart stories with minimal resources and make Journey Into Misery a series worth the detour off the beaten comics track. Then, Karl Christian Krumpholz’ self-published Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous takes the Byronic hero in a post-modern direction.

 

Journey Into Misery

Journey Into Misery’s clever and funny cartoons show how effective and entertaining a well-conceived comic can be even with minimal resources available for the execution. By emphasizing intelligent page continuity over splashy illustration, creators Joshua Cottingham and Stephanie Lantry write circles around slews of comics with higher publishing values and better name recognition.

In the first issue, a slacker teen confronts blaster-wielding lizard men, a sly lobster cooks the cook, and space aliens waste some dastardly pirates. With two more issues in the can, one hopes Cottingham and Landry find the financial support they need to keep going and develop their craft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous

Writer/illustrator Karl Christian Krumpholz’ self-published little book about a sulky, goth-obsessed club kid with a Byron fixation, a deranged pair of sadists, and a two-headed baby in a jar of formalin should appeal to patient readers with a high tolerance for over-determined angst and non-linear narrative.

Name dropping both Jack Kirby and Anne Rice, this 24-page, black and white book revels in the influences of Golden Age pulp horror comics and that genre’s contemporary pop culture descendants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acer Bloodgood is the pen name of a longtime ComicBase writer acquired from a family of maple trees. There is some worry that this sobriquet is “too goth-weenie.” For the record, Acer grew up in California’s suburban sprawl and now lives in San Francisco where he whiles the nights away in dingy dive bars. He drinks whisky with seltzer and lemon.

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