Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tales of Unusual Circumstance

I recently got a copy of Tales of Unusual Circumstance by Joey Weiser. I loved it! It is a really great all-ages romp through the worlds of science fiction, folklore, talking animals, monsters, superhero parody and all kinds of neat things. This book is a collection of all sorts of odds and ends of short comic stories, collecting Joey's mini-comics and anthology work in one volume. It's kind of like channel surfing on a bizarre, funny world. It's neat to see how effectively he can introduce characters and tell a story in a few pages. It's full of humor and charm.

While Tales was an anthology, Weiser's other book is a full-fledged graphic novel -- The Ride Home. I've read this online, but have ordered a copy to add to my collection. I like how he incorporates mythological characters in a contemporary setting -- like Nodo the Van Gnome, the Junkyard Trolls and Ferdinand the Sewer Dragon.

Joey is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and a frequent contributor to the Flight anthologies. You can keep an eye out for his upcoming projects like Cavemen in Space (his next graphic novel) on his website, The Tragic Planet.

Joey was kind enough to make the drawing below of The Mystic Yak, drawn in his own style. I think it would be neat to see how other artists interpret my characters. Maybe some of them could go in the next Mighty Mailbag (the letters page of Eclectic Comics).

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