Filed under: Oddities | Tags: animation, Chris McKenna, Comic, Dara Naraghi, evil scientist, Grant Bond, graphic novel, Igor, science fair
Back in April I posted about a wonderful little comic book series called The Clockwork Girl illustrated by Grant Bond, who’s characters and cartooning style I just love. I have been meaning for ages to write about another great project of his, the Igor graphic series. Written by Dara Naraghi and illustrated by Grant Bond, the Igor comics were written as prequels to the movie Igor that was released this September (written by Chris McKenna who writes for the animated show American Dad.)
I had intended to post this in time for the movie’s US release date in September, but this autumn is already proving to be a busy one.
Igor is the tale of a disgruntled, hunched-backed lab assistant named, well, Igor. Tired of being the lackey and gofer, he dreams of becoming his own master and scientist, and of course, winning the evil science fair.
With the aid of three of his experimental creations: Eva – a giant, but gentle, aspiring actress, Scamper – a cynical rabbit brought back from roadkill, and Brain, Igor must “foil an evil plot that threatens their world”.
While not the most original story, the characters are fun and the animation looks great. The dialogue also promises to be excellent with a fantastic voice cast including: John Cusack as Igor, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Molly Shannon, Sean Hayes, Arsenio Hall and Jay Leno. The official movie trailer is available here.
Igor the graphic series currently consists of four comics, the latest was released in late August, a movie prequel graphic novel, a couple of paperback adaptations of the movie by various writers and a limited edition Official 51st Annual Evil Science Fair Program which is advertised as containing: “…the juicy statistics, destructive details, and infamous history behind all the Evil Scientist contestants and their hideously Evil inventions! Get the dish on their Igors, their girlfriends, and their deep, dark, evil secrets.” Sounds delightful!
The paperback movie adaptations and science fair program are available through Amazon and the prequel comics can be ordered through Heavy Ink.
Filed under: Steampunk | Tags: Avatar, Comic, Freakangels, graphic novel, Paul Duffield, scifi, Steampunk, Warren Ellis, whitechapel
Meet the FreakAngels: a gang of twelve 23-year-olds, all from different backgrounds, who share a psychic connection. With the exception of their rogue “brother,” they all live in Whitechapel watching over and protecting their community in a flooded, post-crash, future England. Developed and written by Warren Ellis and superbly illustrated by Paul Duffield, FreakAngels feels more like a graphic novel than a web comic (it reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series with a less multi-layered story line).
In an interview with Rick Marshall, Warren Ellis commented on the storyline: “I started with the idea of the Midwich Cuckoos [from the John Wyndham novel]. I started wondering what would’ve happened if they had survived to become disaffected 20-somethings. That was the genesis of FreakAngels and I’ve worked forward from there.”
The flooded cityscapes are really beautiful, and the range of characters are developing well throughout the series. My favorites include: Arkady- who had a severe overdose at a young age, leaving her sort of spacey and a little otherworldly. KK is an independent and highly spirited gal who builds steam-driven machines and rides a really sweet steam-helicopter bike thing. Jake ventures out on long boat excursions into the heavily flooded areas, salvaging materials for the residents of Whitechapel.
A very ambitious project: FreakAngels is published weekly (on Fridays). Remarkably, only two weeks have been missed since they began posting back in February.
The comic is made available in six-page blocks for free, courtesy of its creators and Avatar Press. Sweet, thanks guys!
Filed under: Steampunk | Tags: Arcana, clockwork, Comic, Grant Bond, Kevin Hanna, Sean O'Reilly, Steampunk, The Clockwork Girl
On one side is The Tinker, the Clockwork Girl’s creator, who is the world’s leading machine scientist. On the other side is Dendrus, The Tinker’s former friend and Huxley the mutant boy’s creator, who represents the side of biology and natural science. While the two scientist are locked in an intense rivalry, their “children” develop a great friendship.
The Clockwork Girl is published by Arcana and there are currently 3 excellent full issues. If you are having trouble finding them in Toronto, the fabulous folks at The Beguiling will happily order them for you at no extra charge. For more information on The Clockwork Girl, see her MySpace page and the Arcana KIDS page with cool interactive extras.
The above are pages from Issue 0 which you can download for free at Arcana KIDS.