Friday, July 24, 2015
TOON at last
Windmill Dragons :A Leah and Alan Adventure by David Nytra is a celebration of the imagination in detailed black and white. Leah tells Alan a story that starts with windmills that turn into dragons. Suddenly, Leah and Alan are fighting these monsters. A giant chicken, St. George, a trick with a bit of string and a man-eating boat lead Alan and Leah on a wild adventure. Just wait until you see what caused all the ruckus.
Nytra adds an illustrated bibliography of sorts to help his readers understand some of the literary references in this wild and crazy comic book.
The Suspended Castle : a Philemon Adventure by FRED. OK. Philemon and his adventures make me itchy. But if you enjoy the surreal, you will love Philemon. Back in the 1960s, Philemon fell down a well and into a land that was shaped like an "A". With the help of Mr. Bartholomew, Philemon got back to France.
Now, Mr. Bartholomew is so bored, he wants to return to his life on a letter in the middle of the ocean (on a globe - you know one those spinning things? I told you - surreal! Or maybe it was on a map.) Thank goodness, Phil's Uncle Felix knows what to do. You see, he just gets Phil to inflate this seashell....
Well, Bartholomew and Phil both end up on the dot on the letter "i" and from there it just gets wilder and crazier - with owls that turn into lighthouses and whales with oars and mutinies and buccaneers who sail the skies in wooden pelican bills - or something - and of course, the suspended castle from the title.
The artwork is colorful and suitably cartoonish. The last two pages gives a bio of Fred (Frederic Othon Aristides) and background on his inspirations for this story.