Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3262:
This must be 'Archaia Comics Week' here at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com!
That's because this is the fourth blog in a row this week on a publication published by Archaia Entertainment!
Those earlier blogs from this week, plus archived blog posts on Archaia publications are easy to find, as seen here via this link.
However, I haven't blogged about this title before, in fact I wasn't familar with the characters at all before reading this book. Sure, I was familiar with Jim Henson's Muppets of course, Miss Piggy, Kermit and the others, but had never seen at all, an episode of 'Fraggle Rock'.
Here is what this publication is about, per the promo on it:
Fraggle Rock: Vol. 1 Collected Edition Hardcover
Collects the spectacular first three issues of Archaia and The Jim Henson Company's FRAGGLE ROCK comic series, featuring work by a talented mix of newcomers and indie superstars! Includes all the activity pages contained in the single issues and, as a bonus, Fraggle Rock content from the Free Comic Book Day issue is included as well!
(W) Adrianne Ambrose, Nichol Ashworth, Jeffrey Brown, Bryce Coleman, Katie Cook, Leigh Dragoon, Sam Humphries, Grace Randolph and Heather White. (A) Jeffrey Brown, Katie Cook, Michael DiMotta, Joanna Estep, Whitney Leith, Jeremy Love, Jake Myler, Fernando Pinto and Jeff Stokely. (Cover) Jake Myler.
Retail Price $19.95 U.S. Page Count 112 pages
Format: hard cover with dust jacket, 8" x 8", full color. All Ages, (contains content suitable for all ages).
So what is 'My Take' on this Collected Edition Hardcover?
Starting with the book's Dust Jacket: Cute illustration! If I was already a fan of Fraggle Rock, I would definitely have picked up this book up to browse through it because of the cover.
Inside Credits Page: I recognized several names, so there is some cross-over from cartoonists I already was aware of.
Table of Contents: Although the individual sections were itemized by page numbers...There were NO page numbers on the actual interior pages for quick access?!
Foreword: Good intro by Karen Prell, the pupeteer of Red Fraggle.
The Residents of Fraggle Rock section: Man, am I glad that there were character illos / bios here! It helped me out immensely to get a head start on the stories! Great idea to place this near the front of the book!
Then the individual stories start...
'A Throne of My Own' - Which is a good introductory story for me to first find out about the Fraggles. The writer, Heather White, outlines the story well, and the artwork by Jeff Stokely is in a style that I find liking immediately. Good introduction to the characters in a story format. Which made me want to read the next story...
'Time Flies' - Story and art by Katie Cook. I've blogged about Katie before, (as seen here). I've seen Katie at a few comic cons before, and also have her as a 'Facebook Friend'. Saying that, I find the story she both wrote and illustrated was also a fun read!
There are nine additional stories. Plus a cover gallery, activity pages, and for those that are interested on more about the creators that are involved with this collection of stories...there is a section on "About the Creators". Which is good reading for a person like me that likes to know about the creators of comics.
I found that I could identify the characters, the activities they were involved in, and additionally found myself enjoying the stories that were set forth in this book. All this on characters I had not known before sitting down and reading this book. So I believe that this book would be even better for those readers that are fans of the characters already!
Thus my 'comic book grade' for this publication is a VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) 9.0 on a 10.0 comic book grading scale.
Here is the link to Archaia so that YOU can purchase the book for yourself or for a friend who has kids that enjoy Fraggle Rock. Being printed in a hardcover format, this book would make a good Holiday Season Gift! If it is not available for sale there, then I suggest you use this link: Fraggle Rock Volume 1 !
Here is the Facebook Fan Page for Archaia, which I suggest YOU 'like' also to keep up with what this publisher is presenting next.
My thanks to Archaia for bringing this hardcover book to my attention!
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