Frightful Frankenstein Friday . . . and a Warning!
Frightful Frankenstein Friday
San Diego, CA (October 20, 2010) – Just in time for Halloween, well over a dozen blogs will unite for a Web-wide event celebrating a new book by Eisner-award winner Craig Yoe, DICK BRIEFER’S FRANKENSTEIN and the character by that name. Prominent bloggers across the Web will be posting vintage Frankenstein comics, both from Yoe‘s book, which collects Briefer‘s top comics, and from the bloggers’ personal collections. Frightful Frankenstein Friday is this Friday, October 22 and links to all the participating blogs will be on The ITCH blog, the blog of the International Team of Comics Historians.
A medical school dropout, Briefer worked with the likes of Will Eisner and Bob Kane in the early days of comics. During his nearly fifteen years of work on Frankenstein, Briefer at different times drew both a grisly, grim, dark version of Frankenstein and a humorous one, which the cartoonist called his “Merry Monster.” Briefer has been compared to Fletcher Hanks, Basil Wolverton, and Boody Rogers. While there are similarities to these artists’ work, Briefer‘s strong, forceful, and often way fun, art is uniquely his. Briefer‘s art has been called genius, but Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi simply exclaims, “Now here’s some great cartooning!”
The hard-bound, full-color, large-format book DICK BRIEFER’S FRANKENSTEIN is already gathering rave reviews. Rudy Panucci at PopCult gushes, “Lushly illustrated, the work is classic and the presentation is top notch. This is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit!” Read the full review here: http://tinyurl.com/23omxe8
Said Atomik Blast: “I can’t even begin to boast about how thrilled I am about this release. Craig Yoe has out done himself again by presenting us just a gorgeous book of comic wonderment from days past. Dick Briefer’s vision of the iconic monster of Dr. Frankenstein, whether it be the more terrifying version or the extremely relatable humorous (both of them are presented in this volume) version of the monster captivates in so many ways, I can’t even begin to truthfully begin to detail the impact of this work to you. It’s just something you have to hold in your own hands to take in the joy that is masterful work of Dick Briefer. It’s fresh, fun and admirable…it’s my top pick thus far of the year. There’s still two months left, but I’m afraid it’s gonna be a hard publication to beat.”
WARNING: The book did scare one reviewer’s wife. Over at Captain Comics it was written, “This is the latest in Yoe Books’ (an imprint of IDW) wonderful collections edited by Craig Yoe. The packaging itself is very attractive, with a die-cut hole cut in the cover featuring the ‘classic’ monster, allowing the eyes of the ‘funny’ monster to show through. It makes for a creepy effect which I was not allowed to leave sitting out because it upset my wife.”
Yoe is an Eisner-winning, Harvey-nominated writer, cartoonist that Vice magazine called “The Indiana Jones of comics historians.” Yoe can be reached for comments or interviews at yoecomix(at)hotmail(dot)com. Review copies of Yoe! Books can be requested from AnnaMaria White at IDW Publishing, annamaria (at) idwpublishing.com. A confidential preview of the entire Felix book can be seen at http://yoebooks.com/felix/.
DICK BRIEFER’S FRANKENSTEIN ($21.99, 144 pages, hardcover) is now available in stores. ISBN 978-1600107221.
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