Monday, April 15, 2013

A Comic Book Scavenger Hunt, A-Z: Monster Party

Title: Monster Party
Issue: one-shot
Release: 2011
Writer and Artist: Chris Eliopoulos
Store: Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, Quebec)
Image via Atomic Books

Monster Party is built upon a very simple premise.  A boy named Oscar, nagged to do chores by his mother, discovers a gang of mischievous monsters living in the basement.   Oscar is both delighted and horrified, as most eight-year-oldish kids would be.  Naturally, the monsters get him into heaps of trouble as they roam the house.  The story is cute, the potty humor hovering around the Nickelodeon prepubescent level.

Eliopoulos has mostly earned his keep in the industry as a letterer but also has a few critical successes as writer/artist to his name.  He claims the comic strips Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes as his two main creative influences - definitely a man of my generation.

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My scavenger hunt was pretty straight-forward: find single-issue comic books off the rack with titles starting from A-Z.  Go check out the rest of the participants in this year's A-Z challenge.  The official site is here.

22 comments:

  1. The comic looks like a lot of fun, but I have never heard of it before!

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    1. Yeah, pretty obscure this one - good stuff, nonetheless.

      Thanks for stopping by. Happy M Day!

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    1. I certainly agree, as you know. I happily claim them as influences myself. I don't have their abilities but I'll claim them as influences.

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  3. Yeah, I'm thinking I would have skipped that one.

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  4. I knew I knew the creator's name. Seeing him do his own book is as weird as knowing several famous writers in comics have also done their own art on occasion. Brian Michael Bendis is one such example.

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    1. I am definitely impressed by the people who are able to both the art and writing. Joann Sfar is very popular at our house.

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  5. Hi, found you via the A-Z :) My boys would have loved that sort of story when they were young!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

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    1. For kid-friendly material, I'd say this is reasonably high-quality. It meets kids where they are without condescending.

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  6. This one looks to be right up my alley!

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    1. I can see this one getting generally positive reviews at your house.

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  7. Cool. I can get behind the Nickelodeon prepubescent level. (That's the TV channel that's on the most in our house, anyway.) :-) I took a look at the example page on the Atomic Books site, and it looked fun.

    "Jumping jack-rabbits, Oscar!" Why do I picture the Mom with the voice of Edie McClurg?

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  8. For some reason this idea reminds me of Home Alone :)

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    1. There's definitely a bit of that - child needing to be resourceful without help from parents.

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  9. Hi! Just wanted to say I love the name of your blog, and I think you made it a very innovative challenge!

    Rebecca at The Ninja Librarian

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    1. Well, Ninja Librarian's pretty awesome, too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Found you via LimebirdDennis. Looks like a fabulous choice for my 9-yr-old son. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I think this is a good choice for a young reader with the right sense of humor.

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  11. Eliopoulos' "Franklin Richards" books are a big hit for my son....maybe it is time to let him branch out?

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    1. As I noted on your wife's comment (see above), I think this one would go over well at your house.

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