Every day this month I’ll be reviewing a different independent comic book, based on submissions from the creators of the comic books themselves.
The month continues with Arcana Comics’ charming all-ages graphic novel, Jack and the Zombie Box, written by Bruce Brown, penciled and inked by Mike Barentine and colored by Rafel Hurtado.
The concept of the book is quite simple. Jack is a rumbustious three-year-old with an imaginary best friend (his stuffed animal, Uncle Bug). You can see Jack and Uncle Bug at play here…
Jack’s father has an idea! (by the way, the sample pages from Arcana’s site are oddly cut off at the top. Weird).
Cute stuff, huh? Kids really do love Scooby Doo. Anyways, Jack’s mother goes away for the week, and his father decides to let Jack watch Scooby Doo (or whatever it is called in the comic) every day of the week!!! The result is that Jack becomes obsessed with the show, to the detriment of his older brother and sister and, perhaps most importantly, his “best friend” (there’s a great scene reminiscent of that famous Calvin and Hobbes parody where Calvin takes medication and Hobbes turns back into a stuffed tiger).
Once his father realizes his mistake, how can he fix it?
The result is charming, cute and clever.
This was an outstanding story by writer Bruce Brown, and the art by Barentine and Hurtado were top-rate (Hurtado’s colors really popped off the page). It was clever and ultimately innocuous, but there was a certain underlying statement about not allowing kids to become too obsessed with television.
Click here for more information about the book, plus where you can buy a copy!