Here is one of those mystery kinds of press releases, in which we’re told about the online comics called THE SURREAL ADVENTURES OF EDGAR ALLAN POO joining online webcomics collective The Chemistry Set. The opening paragraphs give a good idea of the story:
The Chemistry Set is pleased to announce that the webcomic The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo will be joining its line-up in September. Created by writer Dwight L. MacPherson and illustrated by Thomas Boatright, the series began at DrunkDuck.com and is now moving to The Chemistry Set.
Hailed by critics (“A brilliant fantasy epic on par with Mouse Guard.” – Broken Frontier) and creators (“I’ve seen enough to convince me to buy it.” – Kurt Busiek), the first collected volume will be released from Image’s Shadowline imprint on the 22th of August and make its webcomic debut on The Chemistry Set on the 17th of September.
And then continues on with some laudatory comments which you can read in the jump. However no where is it explained what this comic is about, or more specifically…WHY IS EDGAR ALLAN POE BEEN TURNED INTO A TURD? A little sleuthing revealed a laudatory review at Broken Frontier where we learn the truth:
…the historical E.A. Poe, taking care of business in an outhouse latrine, ejects a Mini-Me version of himself, a miniature little tin-type that falls down the toilet hole and into a world that’s one part surrealism a la Alice in Wonderland, two parts high fantasy anthropomorphism a la Redwall, and three parts dark epic danger in the vein of Lord of the Rings. Perhaps Little Nemo in Slumberland is the closest, stand-alone comparison to be made, although even then — in case my flailing from classic to classic in desperate attempt to explain this magnificent bastard of a graphic novel hasn’t already clued you in — the work in question is plainly unique, and stands on its own, a story well worth the read no matter how overexposed to past fantasy standards one may or may not be.
The art does look pretty and the hero does not look fecal in nature, but still…why a poo?
“Faithful Drunk Duck readers will not experience a break in the story continuum,” explained MacPherson.” September 17th is the scheduled update day, but now, instead of visiting the site at Drunk Duck, they will find the newest page posted on The Chemistry Set’s website.” The Chemistry Set is available at www.chemsetcomics.com.
Creator/Writer Dwight L. MacPherson is the man behind Dead Men Tell No Tales (Arcana Studios), as well as Jim Reaper and Lil’ Hellions: A Day At The Zoo (Silent Devil Productions).
“At The Chemistry Set, we’re always looking to stretch the meanings of ‘chemistry’ while also trying to find new niches for our readers,” said co-founder Vito Delsante. “Dwight and Poo do exactly that. We’re excited to have them both!”
The Chemistry Set is a destination for webcomics in a variety of styles from a variety of up & coming and established talent. Founded in 2006, The Chemistry Set boasts three Xeric Award winners and a combined bibliography including work for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Random House, Image Comics, SLG Publishing and many others. Visit The Chemistry Set at www.chemsetcomics.com.