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Dorkboy - Questionable Characters [Paperback]

Damian Willcox , Michael LaLonde

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Book Description

April 23 2011 Dorkboy
"Damian's comics are a wild thrill ride of jokes about death, nasty viruses, and crazy adventures through the digestive system - all while remaining refreshingly lighthearted - a truly rare accomplishment! Highly recommended." - Chris Jones, Cartoonist ('Snowflakes', 'Captain Stupendous') "Skully ambles through his semblance of life, looks for love and becomes a rounded character, one gag at a time." - Craig Boldman, Writer & Cartoonist (Archie Comics 'Jughead', web comic 'Tailipoe') What do you get when you combine vegetables traversing the dangers of the digestive system, a traveling cartoonist with stomach problems that talks to his dog, and a naive yet impeccably dressed grim reaper and his pet cat? You get "dorkboy questionable characters", a collection of funny and entertaining comic tales by cartoonist Damian Willcox from his popular comic series staples "Kernel Corn & Peater", "Skully" and "Sketchbook Comics" in full, unadulterated colour including an introduction by Michael Lalonde, creator of the webcomic Orneryboy. First we are introduced to Kernel Corn & Peater the black eyed pea, two vegetable friends whose adventures take them into some very dark places as they trade puns while battling to survive the digestive ride of a life time! Next, Sketchbook Comics follows a traveling cartoonist and his mishaps and heartwarming experiences in Japan peppered with Willcox's footnotes offering further insight into the journey, finishing off with with tales placed back in snowy Canada where a boy and his dog can ponder the mysteries of life and doggie pick-up laws. Fittingly, the book receives closure with tales of the morose yet endearing character Skully, a naive yet well dressed grim reaper that just can't seem to catch a break.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (April 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456581384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456581381
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 0.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,085,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Damian Willcox is an award nominated cartoonist that has been creating comics for over 15 years both in print and online. Damian has also co-written the Too Much Coffee Man Opera with Shannon Wheeler, and has appeared in newspapers, on radio, and had his comics pitched as network television shows. Damian Willcox lives in Calgary, Canada with his wife where he is currently teaching his dog to talk.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant humor, brilliant storytelling, brilliant artwork! Aug. 3 2012
By vince - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been a big comics fan for a while and I would rank Damian up there with some of the best. It's kind of ridiculous to try to make comparisons, but if I had to, I'd compare Willcox to maybe Crumb without the "bordering on mental illness" part -- mildly squemish humor with a heart of gold. Or, put more directly, awesome potty humor! My personal favorites are the characters Kernel Corn and Black-eyed Pea -- a piece of corn and a pea living life in and out of various animal and human intestinal tracts. Damian is just a plain good storyteller - his personal-stories-as-comics are endearing and funny. The mostly one-frame episodes with no captions of Skully (the grim reaper who is conflicted with his destiny to make things die versus his desire to be part of the "real" world) are pretty masterful.

Willcox is a pun machine. For me, there is no such thing as a bad pun...and Damian delivers (is that a compliment?).

The artwork is fantastic too. Damian has clearly developed his own style and voice through his linework and character development. The artwork is like the writing -- deceptively carefree. It's easy to overlook how much craft, detail and creativity is layered into these comics.

I would read it multiple times, but my 9 year old son has sequestered it to an undisclosed location, so I'll have to buy another one.

Don't forget to check out ""Well...this is awkward": A collection of comics, paintings and junk by damian willcox.", his second book. It is also awesome!

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