Moon Lake Graphic Novel No Placid Swim

It’s safe to say that this is one of the most successful periods for comic books.  Not only are there multiple storylines of the same character all taking place at once, but they’re selling out all at once, calling on the writing and artist talent out there to deliver more.  Such success has allowed smaller press companies to get their foot in the door and get their high quality titles out to vendors.  One such example is the horror-filled Moon Lake from Archaia Black Label. With a tag line of “Demons, Ghosts, and Were-Bears…Oh My!” it’s safe to say this supernatural thriller has a lot of meat to offer and that means more than just were-bear fodder.

The hardcover, with due dates ranging from Halloween to November 9th depending on your source, features several short stories from writers Tim Seeley, R. H. Stavis, Nick Tapalansky, Stefan Hutchinson, Brian Holguin, Blake Leibel, and illustrators Robbi Rodriguez, Jeff Zornow, Lizzy John, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Jim Daly, and Tommy Castillo.  Creator Dan Fogler was on hand at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con for autographs where a preview issue was released.  The book featured two Moon Lake stories while also containing a sneak-peak of the title Days Missing.  In this issue were the stories “His Final Escape!” which focused on a Harry Houdini-like escape artist, attempting to prove a point to some townsfolk who knew more about the body of water he was diving into than he did.  As one character put it, “I don’t care how good he is.  He ain’t comin’ back up if he goes down.”  “His Final Escape!” provides some showman talent, a little arrogance, and a murky abyss of lost souls that combine for a uniquely entertaining and spooky read.

Does the name Timothy Treadwell sound familiar?  How about ‘The Grizzly Man’?  They are both one in the same.  You may remember Treadwell from his documentaries in the wild where he often stood just feet from grizzly bears that both he and his girlfriend would film.  Sadly, both were killed by their films’ subjects in 2003.  “Black Bear Blues” borrows from the Treadwell tragedy but substitutes black bears for grizzlies and also removes one very territorial grizzly for one bloodthirsty were-bear.  The tale’s pace moves with a hungry ferocity and pulls no punches when getting to the point.  Watch the claws fly in this über-violent Mother Nature slasher this November!

While whetting the appetites of many, this appetizer issue is just a taste of things to come when all 112 pages arrive at Amazon and bookstores nationwide this fall.  In the meantime, check out all of the other great titles from Archaia and Archaia Black Label at http://www.archaia.com.


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