Title: Monster Party
Writer and Artist: Chris Eliopoulos
Store: Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, Quebec)
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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