Phoenix Comicon Review #2: I’m blue da ba dee da ba die…

I live for comic-cons.


It’s very rare that I have spending cash for these type of events (or for anything really).There is so much cool shit that I want to buy that I have to freeze my visa card before the con.  Luckily, I had enough coin to buy some indie books this year.  Phoenix Comicon had rows of indie comic creators that put their blood, sweat, savings, (seaman) and love in to these pages.

Meet Eric Mengel, perfect example of everything I just said.

He’s a devoted father, husband, and Arizona based comic book creator.  Which brings me to his new graphic novel OCHO vol2.

OCHO is an (blue) alien missionary sent to make the world a better place.  I like to think that this is what if Superman came to Earth as an adult, but he didn’t have Ma and Pa’s guidance.   He’s like Peter Parker, with every best intention but doesn’t get it right the first time.  Makes it easy to relate to this ET character.

I really enjoyed this story, and I can say that with a straight face.  There isn’t a wasted panel, fast paced and the dialogue comes off very natural.

Mengel’s art style work is great for this book.  It feels like a late night Adult Swim cartoon without the need to be high to enjoy it.  I can feel comfortable and say it’s an all ages book with no target audience in mind other then people who love funny books.

This is another example of mini’s collected to a trade.  This isn’t a trend by any means.  These are family men with day jobs, that I assume don’t have the time to make 24 page comics every month.  So making mini comics and translating them to graphic novel a year later is perfect for their situation.

You can get your copy of the steller series OCHO (and other great work by Mengel) at Eric’s official website and you can allow follow him on Twitter.

Next up on the review list is Venus of Necro & John Chihak‘s “FUZZY FACE” graphic novel (not just because I wrote the intro for this book).  Then it’s Bald Avenger by Eric Schock, Christian Viliare’s Astrophobia: The Adventures of Space Ramirez, and many more.

Thanks for reading,

Henry Barajas

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