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A challenge to you funny book readers!
Listen up _yggdrasil, madolan, dickardo, and the rest of you funny book readers.

There's a graphic novel I was obsessed with many years ago, that I used to read all the time. Back when my mother and first stepfather were looking for a new gaming group in the Woodbridge area, they came across the regulars at Comic Relief in downtown Woodbridge. There was Scoop, Scott Souza, the gypsies who lived with my mother years later, and so on. Over the many years to come I'd play AD&D with them, GM GURPS for them, and enjoy many other fun pencil and paper evenings. We'd play in the back room of the comic store, or over people's houses. The nights where we played at the comic store, if I wasn't involved with that campaign, I'd often read comic books or play the arcade games. The manager of the store, one of the ``gypsies'', would often give me a roll of quarters to waste. Usually I'd just play Ralph in Rampage all night.

There was one graphic novel I read a few times. Not as moving for me as Wolverine, Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, and many others. But a nice little story. I was probably somewhere between nine and thirteen at the time, placing this in the late eighties, early nineties at the latest.
Do you have that one with the guy who was in that movie that was out last year?
It started with a pair of kids, I think brothers, with an abusive household. I think an angry punk girl was around, but she might have been introduced later. Wanting to escape their horrible lives, they leave for another world, possibly on a spaceship. This dark world is full of horrible creatures and adventures, I think including the angry female becoming a giant angry young punk. The page numbers were often doing odd things, like copulating or mugging each other. The name of the novel was something along the lines of ``Dark City'' or ``Sin City'' or ``Dark World'', but I know it was none of those. The art had a similar feel to the Cyberpunk pencil and paper books (before it was renamed Cyberpunk 2020 (wow does that year seem laughably close now)). I know I'm not giving you a lot to go on here, but I'm hoping one of you would remember it. I've asked a couple of the fanboys and fangirls I know, but to no avail.

Speaking of dickardo, I enjoyed Quiznos and Maggie Moo's with him, agent179, and jenniever tonight. It's a tasty and unhealthy tradition I'm developing with drewuniversity people over the years.

Yay for free money!

Feeling: full full
Listening to: Mortal Kombat

Chorus of 14 demons || Preach it
cessna182 From: cessna182 Date: July 28th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Maybe you could post this on rpg.net? I'll bet one of the folks there will get it pretty quickly.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: July 28th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Yeah. But they're a harsh and brilliant group that would mock me like Randal Graves on a cold bitter day. If my comic fan LJ friends let me down, I'll consult those oracles.

So... up for some UT2K4?
cessna182 From: cessna182 Date: July 29th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I'll be busy for most of the weekend - but FCF is out of town for a conference during the first half of next week. Maybe Monday night?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: July 29th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Saturday I'm fairly busy, Sunday I'm free, and jenniever's out of town for over a week starting Friday, so next week would be fairly good.

Make sure you download the CBP and XP levels!
madolan From: madolan Date: July 28th, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I'm so sorry. I have no idea what this might be.

I am properly humbled by my ignorance.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: July 28th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I'm aware that it's a really poorly phrased stab in the dark, being dredged out of my ancient failing memory. For all we know, I could be talking about a Peanuts strip.
idunn From: idunn Date: July 28th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Nice Clerks reference, Gunga-din

And thanks for the reminder: I need to threaten dickardo for certain comic books of mine that he borrowed months ago. I may be going out on a limb here, but is your mystery comic Love & Rockets?

And pssssssst ... read Blankets by Craig Thompson. Trust me.
idunn From: idunn Date: July 28th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Nice Clerks reference, Gunga-din

And if you're still not sure, Mega City may be a good place to search some more. Use the Force, my young padawan learner.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: July 28th, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

The comic world is as cryptic as Jolee Bindo!

Checked every single graphic novel they had listed under indie and the other publishers. No dice. But thanks.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: July 28th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Danke, I knew someone would catch it

Nope, not L&R, I'm pretty sure it was a one-shot deal.

Thanks for the recommendation, that looks interesting.
idunn From: idunn Date: July 28th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Danke, I knew someone would catch it

I picked up Blankets in Borders one day when I had a few minutes to spare. I didn't intend to buy it, yet 2 hours and 300 pages of reading later, I had to finish it, so I took it home to finish. Still excellent, no matter how many times I read it. Really, I can't recommend it enough.
From: qt3_14 Date: July 29th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Nice Clerks reference, Gunga-din

Yes, yes, you must read Blankets!!!
skagirlie From: skagirlie Date: July 29th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Nice Clerks reference, Gunga-din

ok, i checked it our from work. i've taken so long cos of the whole dave thing. I'm still not sure if i need deep relationship stuff yet...
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 29th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

I... I got what you need

I don't know you. And you don't know me.

But you're talking about Someplace Strange by the exceptional writer Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Longshot, Kid Eternity) and brilliant painter John Bolton (Books of Magic GN, Harlequin Valentine) published by Epic Comics (a creator-owned imprint of Marvel) in 1988.

The punk girl's name is Zebra.
Chorus of 14 demons || Preach it