Submitted by dave_roman on February 7, 2008 - 10:29
After years of questioning its fate, part 1 of ALIEN CIRCUS is finally going to be released as a real book!
This is the graphic novel series I wrote a few years ago for Platinum Studios that was eventually serialized as a webcomic.
Alien Circus is an old-fashioned action/comedy/space adventure about an orphan who runs away to join the circus and ends up part of an intergalactic rebellion to overthrow the ruling monarchy (from which he descends!). Itâ€™s beautifully illustrated by the brilliant cartoonist (and Australian folk-hero) L. Frank Weber who many people say gives a â€œEuro-comics flavor" to it.
There is a full page ad in the February issue of Previews on page 334 (thanks to Brett Warnock for the heads up!) in which I learned of its latest title incarnation: â€œThe Adventures of Tymm: Alien Circusâ€. According to the ad, this book might appeal to you if you like: Jurassic Park, "Boys in the Hood", & Werewolves By Night!
I assume they are comparing it to John Singltonâ€™s BoyZ N the Hood.
I have no idea why! There arenâ€™t any urban lessons, or dinosaurs, or wolfmen in Alien Circusâ€¦so they must be comparing things on a deeper thematical level!
Marketing tags aside, I do hope that comic shops will take a chance and order this book.
Itâ€™s like the alien son I gave up for adoption, who years later I found changed his name and wants to be a part of my life again (just like in the story)! I think Alien Circus/Adventures of Tymm has aged well and is a welcome addition to the growing market of all-ages adventure graphic novels.
The technical info:
FEB08 3968 ADVENTURES OF TYMM ALIEN CIRCUS #1 (OF 3) FULL COLOR 64-pages. $5.95
(Page 333 in Previews)
The final cover doesnâ€™t seem to be posted anywhere online so hereâ€™s an earlier version: