Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it over to the comic book shop this week. A severely bald right tire, and flashing check oil light strongly recommended I refrain from buying any books until I can get the problems checked out (this is why it sucks to be poor; you’re always having to choose between a running car, or the latest issue of Deadpool). Fortunately though, Titan Books sent us a graphic novel of Roman Dirge’s Lenore: Purple Nurples, to review. Normally Trog does the Titan stuff, but since I’ve been doing the comic reviews lately, he passed this one over.
I thought it was a children’s book when Trog gave it to me (like a Lemony Snippets or Snappit or whatever kind of thing). Up until now, I had never heard of the Lenore, but apparently she’s been around awhile (since 1992). Basically Lenore is a 10 year old undead girl (died of a “lung thing”) who lives in a mansion with some creepy friends. From what I can tell, she’s a living dead Pippi Longstocking.
So what did I think (’cause this is where I get to inflict my opinion upon you)? I really liked it. It was dark and humorous, with a fun Halloween feel to it. The best way I can describe it is the term Steam Crow coined for his stuff: “Spooky Cute” …maybe a little more gruesome and bloody though. I mean this easily had one of the most creepiest looking characters I’ve seen and that would be Mr. Taxidermy (below).
There are four stories in this book (Beware of the Creepig Creeping, Wrath of the Creepig, The Dweller in the Fridge (CAUTION—Clowns die in this one… which didn’t bother me ’cause I fucking hate clowns…), and King for a Day!). The two Creepig stories were probably my favorite. A demon pig that comes after you if you eat pork products after midnight is a brilliant idea in my opinion.
The only criticism I can give the book was the art style. I get going for simplified characters, but is was just a little too sloppy for me (but then I’m a guy that loves vector art and clean straight lines you can get from it…). Still I recommend the book. I would actually like to pick up previous stories, but that’s probably not going to happen until I can get my car fixed.
Anyhow, I gotta go, but before I close this out I did find some Lenore animations on YouTube for you to check out. Watch and enjoy. Later!