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Preview: Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 1 SC

Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artist: Gary Barker, Antonio Alfaro, David DeGrand
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Price: $14.99

This anthology collection contains some of Garfield’s wildest adventures!

Included are Garfield’s team with with Pet Force, meeting a cat even more annoying than Nermal, and a Holiday showdown with the Lasagna Monster.

Preview: Garfield 2018 Vacation Time Blues

Garfield 2018 Vacation Time Blues

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artists: Antonio Alfaro, David DeGrand
Cover Artists: Andy Hirsch
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $7.99

Jon and Liz are breaking up? Say it ain’t so…and if you thought giant sharks were the scariest things terrorizing the beach, just wait until the Lasagna Monster hits the shores!

Preview: Adventure Time Comics Vol. 4 SC

Adventure Time Comics Vol. 4 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Max Davison, Jai Nitz, David DeGrand, Justin Jordan, Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente, E Jackson, Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Jenna Ayoub, Ben Passmore, Bethany Sellers, Leah Williams, Ian Herring, Kinoko Evans
Artists: Antonio Sandoval, Luca Claretti, Devmalya Pramanik, David DeGrand, Mattia Di Meo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, E Jackson, Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Jenna Ayoub, Ben Passmore, Bethany Sellers, Ryan Jampole, Ian Herring, Kinoko Evans
Cover Artist: Paul Pope
Price: $14.99

Dive into mathematical shorts from across the the Land of Ooo, written and illustrated by acclaimed writers and artists from around the world.Collects issues #13-16.

Review: Rocko’s Modern Life #2

Rocko2If you’re old enough to drive or smoke, then you’ve probably had a job and/or a boss that felt like hell or Satan. (Or Peaches, his all ages friendly equivalent.) But in Rocko’s Modern Life #2, the titular wallaby  works in the literal place, Hell, or “Heck” as it’s called because this is a family friendly comic. Ryan Ferrier’s plot centers around Rocko trying to find a loophole to get his soul back so he can be employed somewhere that doesn’t involve raging torment or glowering, orange flames courtesy of artist Ian McGinty and colorist Fred Stresing. Ferrier, McGinty, and Stresing expertly blend the every day trials of employment and terrible roommates with the wacky anarchy in art styles and storytelling that made 90s Nick animation so great. (That last sentence made me crave CatDog Cheese Nips for some reason.)

Ian McGinty has done solid work as the artist on modern licensed animation comics like Adventure Time  and Bravest Warriors and shows he can kick it old school too in Rocko #2. Rocko himself runs on rage and insecurity, and McGinty shows this visually with plenty of bloodshot eyes that seriously freaked me out when I was a kid and watching these kind of shows. He uses close-ups when Rocko is asserting himself like when he finally tells the mold causing, water park that is toxic to people with nut allergies creating worst housemate ever to hit the road and positions him off to the side when he’s being cowed like most of the time in “Heck”.  The Heck scenes have a bit of flair to them with McGinty using layouts that look like a parchment scroll to set up Rocko’s forfeiting his soul and transitioning the story from workplace satire to Hellblazer for kids with anthropomorphic animals.  This tone is assisted by Stresing’s “darkness, no parents” color palette used whenever Rocko is either on the clock or hanging onto sanity by one last frayed thread.

However, Rocko #2 isn’t all over the top and grotesque things like Rocko being forced to milk his boss (A demon cow.) for 18 hours. Rocko’s sad sack walk and eyes reminded me of collapsing in bed after working a double shift at Target and never wanting to socialize ever again. Even though it’s based on a cartoon, the first two issues of Rocko’s Modern Life have captured the feeling of anxiety, resignation, and occasionally straight up disgust that people (Young and old) have towards their jobs. (We need them to live, oops.) It doesn’t have any big epiphanies and thankfully no preaching, but gives its protagonist small victories that give him a glimmer of hope in a world that muddied by mold and peanut butter sludge. Also, Ryan Ferrier writes animal puns that have no business being as funny as they are.

Rocko’s Modern Life #2 is the soothing comic book balm for optimistic 90s kid that find professional life in 2018 figuratively or literally soulless. There’s even amusing backup story written and drawn by David DeGrand in a kind of The Nib art style about the perils of wearing a big costume to comic cons. I don’t see how those Optimus Prime cosplayers pull it off.

Story: Ryan Ferrier Art: Ian McGinty Colors: Fred C. Stresing Backup Story/Art: David DeGrand
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios/Kaboom! provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life #2

Rocko’s Modern Life #2

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Ryan Ferrier, David DeGrand
Artists: Ian McGinty, David DeGrand
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Subscription Cover: Miguel Mercado
Price: $3.99

Rocko’s new job is more than he bargained for, so he’ll have to do whatever it takes to get fired. Featuring a backup story from David DeGrand that sends Rocko and Heffer to O-Town’s very own comic convention.

All-New ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ Comic Book Series Launches at BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios and Nickelodeon have announced Rocko’s Modern Life, a new ongoing comic book series based on the popular animated show about everyone’s favorite wallaby! Writer Ryan Ferrier and artist Ian McGinty team to launch the first comic book in the series in December 2017. Each issue will also feature bonus short stories by different illustrators, including Tony Millionaire, KC Green, and David DeGrand.

Rocko, Spunky, Heffer, Filburt, the Bigheads, and the entire cast of O-Town are back, but all is not well. The town is facing a job shortage and Rocko is hit hard. With unemployment and potential homelessness on the horizon, Rocko’s problems are just beginning. But with help from his best friends Heffer and Filbert and his faithful dog Spunky, Rocko is (mostly) ready to take on the world (maybe).

Rocko’s Modern Life #1 features a main cover by Jorge Monlongo, a “look-and-find” cover by Bachan, and a variant cover by Nick Pitarra. BOOM! Studios will also be offering a blank Sketch Cover for this launch.

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #13

Adventure Time Comics #13

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Jai Nitz, Max Davidson, David Degrand
Artists: Antonio Sandoval, Devmalya Pramanik, Luca Claretti, David Degrand
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kim Myatt
Subscription Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Incentive Cover: Sean Chen
Price: $3.99

During a game of hide and seek, Finn finds himself lost in the land of the Forgotten. In another tale, we find the unlikeliest of heroes united to save Finn and Jake: Magic Man and Tiny Manticore!

Preview: Uncle Grandpa and the Time Casserole OGN TP

Uncle Grandpa and the Time Casserole OGN TP

Imprint: KaBOOM!
Writers: Pete Browngardt, Kelsy Abbot, and Pranas Naujokaitis
Artists: Philip Murphy, Charles Paul Wilson III, Christine Larsen, Alexis Ziritt, David DeGrand, George Mager, Pranas Naujokaitis

When Uncle Grandpa accidentally explodes his casserole into oblivion, it is up to him, Belly Bag, Uncle Gus, Pizza Steve, and Giant Realistic Flying Tiger, to travel back in time to make things right…to get all the missing ingredients to make another casserole. Traveling to the Moon, the ’90s, Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt, medieval times, and more, the gang WILL MAKE THAT CASSEROLE!

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Preview: Garfield’s Cheesy Holiday Special #1

Garfield’s Cheesy Holiday Special #1

Imprint: KaBOOM!
Writers: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artists: Andy Hirsch, David DeGrand

Two holiday-themed Garfield stories are here to brighten your season! First, Garfield and Odie help out a young girl at the mall looking for her lost dog in “Holly’s Holiday Hope,” then it’s time for the not-so-classic story of “The Lasagna Monster That Stole Christmas,” where the Lasagna Monster steals ALL the lasagna in the world on Christmas Day!

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Preview: Uncle Grandpa TP

Uncle Grandpa TP

Imprint: KaBOOM!
Writers: Kevin Burkhalter, David Degrand, Laura Howell, Yehudi Mercado, Scott Roberts, and many more!
Artists: Kevin Burkhalter, David Degrand, Laura Howell, Yehudi Mercado, Scott Roberts, and many more!

Prepare yourself for Uncle Grandpa. He is everyone’s magical uncle and grandpa, and he’s here to help kids with their problems in surreal and wacky ways! Explore a collection of zany shorts and games starring Uncle Grandpa, Pizza Steve, Mr. Gus, and all the other crazy characters from the hit Cartoon Network show created by Peter Browngardt. Collects the complete miniseries, issues #1-4.

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