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Monday, July 6, 2009

Neuman, Jason


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Cyril in the False Lands

It always makes me happy to discover someone who has a ready-made graphic novel just sitting out there, unpublished.  Of course, if also makes me happy when I found out about somebody when they do their very first comic and it's amazing.  I guess I'm trying to say that I like comics, which is obvious by my running my website, which makes this whole intro pointless.  That, as they say, is why they pay me the big bucks.  The point is that Jason has a whole pile of minis of the adventures of Cyril and, judging from the quality of this issue, should think about putting them all together and putting them out there, if financially possible.  This is the continuing story of Cyril, who is a dead young boy wandering around the afterlife, trying to figure out what is happening to him and what is going on.  That's the impression I get anyway; it's clear that a lot has gone on before this issue.  Here's the recap of the previous issue, you can know as much as I do: "Cyril came across a group of sperm ghosts that refused to believe that he wasn't one of them.  After being chased by the sperm, the Ghost King came to Cyril's rescue and gives Cyril vague hints about his hidden destiny."  He does kind of look like a sperm ghost, doesn't he?  Anyway, in this issue Cyril comes across the memories of a man with a dead family (or are they his memories?), almost gets eaten by a creature with an enticing diamond antennae, and is eventually arrested for "impersonating the dark master".  While in prison he meets a professor who specializes in all the life forms that come to that land, and begins to learn a bit more about himself before he's taken away to meet the dark master.  I won't ruin the ending confrontation just in case you are able to find a copy of this (it came out in 2003 and I don't see this specifically on his website), but it, along with the rest of the comic, did make me want to see what happens next.  And before this issue, which makes this a success.  I love how there are no panels, just full page spreads, as it really contributes to the feeling that he's lost in an overwhelming world.  The art seems simple enough, but there's a wide range of odd characters floating around, most seemingly with their own tasks and motivations.  It's worth checking out if you can find it, if not there are other chapters in this story on his website.  No price, but due to the thickness I'll guess $3.  Yes, I'm guessing the price of a mini based on heft…



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