Don't say I never reviewed a comic

posted July 23, 2003 by Jenn


Writing reviews is more Jer's domain than mine, especially for written/drawn work. For this comic, I'd rather just say "I enjoyed it!" but that's not really a review. So, to make this more like a review (and to get Jer to stop pestering me about not writing reviews), I'm going to elaborate…but not too much.

Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh

If adorable and macabre could be put into the same comic book, Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things does a very good job of it. Ted Naifeh takes an intelligent grade-school aged girl and puts her into upper-class surroundings with her decidedly middle-class parents. The result is a satisfying story involving spells, goblins and, ultimately, a talking cat. Not an anime-y half-naked cat-girl cat, a real felis domesticus cat…that can talk.

Writing: Nicely paced, doesn't go by too fast or crawl. Speech inflections, well done.
Artwork: Dark, macabre yet cute where appropriate. Very nice. I'd want a poster done in this style.
Publisher: OniPress, if that makes a big difference to you.

I'm a big fan of mythology, lore and 'creatures that never were.' Naifeh does a nice job mixing tales and lore from several places into one package without it being overbearing. I also love how this brilliant little girl Courtney is just not what she's expected to be. Goblins? No problem. Things that go bump in the night? No problem. She'll play board games with critters that make most children hide under the covers and cry for Daddy. Really, try this comic. Me thinks you'll like it.