Childhood, Horror, & Batman

Picking up an old Batman comic inspired me to write this blog.  I first made this article to send to the CEK email list.  I am really happy with how it turned out and think it may help parents struggling with what their child is allowed to watch on YouTube.  If you like the content here, please consider subscribing to the email list, you’ll receive a free digital comic as a thank you.  Link to sign up: http://eepurl.com/c-55kz

Jason Can Beat Up Batman!

My seven year old son loves the horror genre.  Chucky, Freddie, Jason… all of the classics, and some of the new guys.  He is not allowed to watch horror movies, but knows who they are from YouTube and Roblox.  Somewhere along the way, he acquired some POP figures.  He even has a shrine of pictures taped to his bedroom wall.  This has been bothering me; I mean… what’s it doing to the little guy’s brain?

I took him to the Bridge City Comics for the Auroraman signing today; he saw a Pennywise toy and begged me to buy it for him.  Luckily it wasn’t for sale, and I was off the hook.  I found Detective Comics #625.  One of my favourite comics as a child, long lost over the years!  Me, happy with buying some nostalgia; my son, disappointed in my ability to support his horror collection, went home.

After everyone was settled in, I started reading the old Batman comic from ‘91.  It starts out in Arkham Asylum where prison guards are trying to force-feed a frantic man in a straitjacket.  A third guard stabs one of the guards in the neck with a… wait a minute!  This isn’t for kids!

I keep reading.  The villain, the Abattoir, is chasing Vicki Vale, describing how his soul will be returned after he consumes her flesh… what the heck!  This was MY childhood!  This comic read and reread countless times on camping trips and rainy days.

I keep reading.  Batman tracks the Abattoir to an old tomb, where they fight in the dark.  Swimming through remains and surrounded death, Batman defeats the madman.  I read Detective Comics #625 when I was eight.  I am a weirdo, but is it comics fault?  This weirdo has a job, pays taxes, and is an active parent.

Maybe I should stop trying to push some romanticized, nostalgic version of what I think childhood should be.  I don’t remember reading about cannibals, I remember Batman defeating monsters.  Maybe my son’s exploration of things that go bump in the night will be remembered fondly as well.

CEK Projects

Helios Sacrifice issue two is done!  Well the art is anyway, I need to get that thing lettered.  Tomlawq’s art is truly impressive on issue two and we’re lucky to have him.  The goal is to get issue one, two and three done and turn that into a trade paperback.  In the mean time I will be selling the individual issues digitally.

Emily Executioner will launch in a Kickstarter campaign this spring!  I look forward to the challenge of running my first Kickstarter campaign, and hope you are willing to pre-purchase your own print copy.

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Review: The Adventures of Auroraman #1

The Adventures of Auroraman #1 by Jeff Burton

Heritage Moments First Flight by Justin Shauf & Donovan Yaciuk

Auroraman #1 Contributors include: Justin Shauf, Donovan Yaciuk, Shay Hahn, Corbin Shauf, Madelyn Yaciuk, Elaine Will, Sharon Gauthier, Christopher Yao, Dan Collins, A.P Fuchs, & Jason Sylvestre.

It Came From Dead Moose Lake by Shay Hahn & Donovan Yaciuk

Art

This comic packs a lot of punch within the 64 pages printed!  It’s an anthology book with all stories centered around Auroraman.  Heritage Moments: First Flight opens the book with Justin Shauf‘s strong traditional super hero look, complimented by Donovan Yaciuk‘s interesting choice use a Golden Age aesthetic when colouring.  It Came From Dead Moose Lake, by Shay Hahn, shifts gears to an indie style in a story that would look at home along side Top Shelf titles.  CBC Books Presents gives is a fun story, a father/son collaboration between Corbin and Justin Shauf gives a lot of heart to the short.  Bugs in the Park by the wonderful Elaine Will looks fantastic, as her art always does (see the review on her book, Arkade).  Sharon & Dan’s Adventures of lil’ Auroraman look stylistically like 90’s Saturday morning cartoons were put in a blender with anime.  Summer Chill by Christopher Yao gets the book back to a more traditional superhero look.  Next we have Mr. Sylvestre creating some art with The 3D Adventure, yes a freaking, 3 (glasses included with the comic)D, story!  Prelude to a Storm ends the book with Justin getting back to the superhero vibe.

Bugs in the Park by Elaine Will

Story

The Adventures of Auroraman has a focus on exploring the Auroraman character’s origins, family life, and world.  Recognizing Saskatchewan geography within the pages is oddly exciting.  For example, seeing Humboldt’s Lighthouse Water Tower is not something I would expect to read in a comic, it’s oddly neat seeing local landmarks represented by local comic creators.

Summer Chill by Christopher Yao

Reaction

I had a lot of fun reading the Adventures of Auroraman.  There is a lot of value in the comic, and a lot of reasons for different demographics to read it.  It’s kid friendly, it has a lot of local flavor, and it has a 3D STORY!  I rate this comic one MASSIVE undead moose.

Sask Expo 2017

I am a little slow to post this, but I had a lot of fun at Sask Expo this year.  I met wonderful people and came home with great books and art!