Everybody out there already knows who Richard Sala is, right? He’s been around for years, doing some of the creepiest and weirdest stories out there. This is a collection of his Evil Eye series and it’s as fantastic as anything I’ve seen from him. This is ostensibly the story of a nameless girl and her adventures as someone and his assistant try to capture her. Forget all that though, because this is really a chance for Sala to do what he does best. I guess this would be called goth because so many of the themes are dark, but it’s impossible to pigeon hole this into any one category. It’s creepy, funny, disturbing, tense, and a million other things that don’t all go together, yet here they are. Richard is one of the best in comics, and this is a good chance for anybody who hasn’t already read his stuff to discover him. Read it, love it, thank me for it later. Hooray for website!
Graphic Classics: Bram Stoker
Oh, what an awful scan. What’s new, right? Anyway, I’d heard of this series but hadn’t seen it before. It’s a great idea, having some really talented people interpret stories from various literary figures. They also have Jack London, Ambrose Bierce and H.P. Lovecraft (I’d love to see that one), which all begs the obvious question: where’s Edgar Allen Poe? Just curious. Here are the names in this that you might recognize: Jeremi Onsmith, Hunt Emerson, Spain Rodriguez, and Richard Sala. Various stories from Bram Stoker are interpreted here, some as pictures accompanying text and others just as illustrated versions of stories. Certain artists would take chunks of stories too, as a few different people did parts of Dracula (with the Hunt Emerson illustrated “strengths and weaknesses of vampires” being my favorite. Basically if you like the Big Book series from DC or like the work of the author in question, they’ve done a great job with this book. Well worth a look, especially considering that it’s only $9.95 for a fat book. Check out the website, why don’t you?