-Theories & Thought Bubbles-
Does This Look Infected?
There is something about the old west that is inherently fantastic and horrifying at the same time. The idea of living without electricity, indoor plumbing, central heat and cold storage is a daunting concept for any of us 21st Century digital people. It would be rough facing the frontier with only a six-shooter and the boots on your feet. Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness is a continuation of a previously released series concerning Billy the Kid and Jack the Ripper. One thing that is clear from reading this story arc, this is definitely not your father’s Billy the Kid. No Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen. Just Billy and his traveling companion Fineas Sproule, along with the Loch Ness Monster and Dracula.
Eric Powell, known for his creation of The Goon, is responsible for writing this story. And in true Powell fashion, this comic is full of grotesque scenes of horror and shock. His dialog is both reminiscent of old westerns as well as that archaic English from 19th century London. There’s the spunky, uneducated outlaw, the well-spoken gentleman, and a series of biological curiosities – all with their own specific dialects and character defects. Powell immediately demands a suspension of disbelief from the reader. What is Billy the Kid doing in Scotland? Why is he towing a house with two horses instead of a carriage? How does all of this fit in with pious monks and the struggle between mysticism and science?
Kyle Hotz takes the artist credit for this four-part series and, as far as horror comics go, the reader is in very capable hands. Referring back to stories like Saga of the Swamp Thing and Tales of Horror, Hotz brings a gruesome level of detail into this series. Biological oddities (the super adult and nice term for freaks and mutants), withered monks, skulls, bones, oversized and bloodshot eyes, and monsters. All expertly drawn and easily recognizable, but just shy of being gratuitous. This story benefits greatly from Hotz’s ability to bring the horrifying together with the fantastic.
The creative team behind this story is able to pique the reader’s interest by drawing on popular legend and American folklore, and then mashing them together in a seemingly unrealistic but fun manner. Whether you’re a fan of horror, westerns, or fantasy this story brings a little bit of everything. However, calling this story graphic would be putting it lightly. As such, this story shouldn’t be read by those under 16. But who am I to tell you what to read? Make that leap on your own.
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October 27th – Return to Ravnica Game Day
Game starts at Noon. It’s standard constructed with a $5 entry. Space is limited to sign up in the store as soon as possible!
October 31st – Halloween!
We’re going to be having a shindig this Halloween which falls on a Wednesday this year! Yay! We will have our friend, Jaimie of Espionage Cosmetics, back to teach everyone how to do their own zombie make-up! We will also have games, goodies, and FREE Halloween comics! ps. If you want to give out some comics at your home this year for Halloween, let me know! I’ll give you a bundle with our store stamp to hand out.
-Events This Week-
Monday – 230pm – 6pm – Pathfinder
Wednesday – 5pm & 6pm – D&D Encounters
Thursday – 530pm – 8pm - Magic the Gathering – Casual
Friday – 530pm – 9pm – Friday Night Magic – Standard Constructed – $5
Saturday – Noon – Magic Game Day – Standard Constructed – $5
Saturday – 4pm – 7pm – Draw Club
Sunday – Noon – 3pm – Heroclix
Sunday 330pm – 7pm – Open Board Game Play
Sunday – 4pm – 7pm – Kaijudo League