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The creation of Dan Thompson, Rip Haywire is a contemporary comic strip combination of Indiana Jones, Mission Impossible and The Bourne Identity. Thompson has always loved adventure-themed stories, having grown up watching Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Jonny Quest and GI Joe episodes. A fan of Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes" as well as James Bond films, Thompson began his professional career doing character design and animation for FunnyBone Interactive, part of Vivendi Universal, then moved into freelance cartoon illustration and gag cartooning. A member of the National Cartoonists Society, he writes and draws cartoons for magazines, greeting cards, comic books and Web sites. His clients include MAD Kids,MAD magazine, DC Comics, Platinum Studios, Hank Ketcham Enterprises (for "Dennis the Menace"), Marian Heath greeting cards, and Bow Tie Publishing. Since 2002, Thompson has created a comic panel for Bird Talk magazine called "Zeus," starring an animated parrot. He also did a Web comic called "Lost Sheep" from 2003 until 2006. Dan also draws the hugely popular comic "Brevity" for Universal Press Syndicate. A New England native, Thompson was born and raised in Lowell, Mass. He makes his home now in Graham, North Carolina, with his wife and sons.
Rip is on a new mission, a hunt for the ghost compass and to lift the curse of Tangaroa. Joining him is his every loyal canine sidekick TNT (well mostly loyal) and his sometimes girlfriend/sometimes enemy the always dangerous Cobra, who currently has the ghost compass. They must follow the clues to the two other compasses to life the curse and travel the world. Along the way they must doge Longbeard and his team who are also seeking the ghost compass...and perhaps another secret as well. Will Rip and his team win? Will his mom finally leave him alone about getting a girlfriend? And will TNT's elephant talking classes pay off? Stay tuned to find out the answers.
I've been following the Rip Haywire comic online for a while now and I absolutely love it. It's like a combination of MacGyver, Mark Trail, and well a lit bit of Mark Twain mixed in. So I was glad to be able to pick up this book and read a tale separate from the comic and boy is this book worth picking up. It's chock full of humor, action, and intrigue that just kept me turning the pages to the end. In many ways the world is a parody (a really, really funny parody) of Mark Trail/MacGyver, which is fun to read. Dan creates a well paced tale and really interesting characters. And his sense of humor is absolutely fantastic. The little quips that Rip and Cobra throw out at each other kept me laughing. One of my favorite parts of the story is right at the beginning, where TNT tells the tale about how he met Rip (and makes himself the hero of course.) It's a great story and I can't wait to see what happens next.
I love the artwork in this series the colors are dead on perfect and the design of each character is absolutely fantastic.Read more ›
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I was on the waiting list for this book, that's how much I enjoy Rip Haywire. The book is described as a graphic novel and that works for me. The story was a little confusing what with Rip going back to his childhood, when he first met Cobra, etc. but the puns keep you interestd. Worth getting.
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I'm back to present to you one of the latest graphic novels that I have received for possible review in this blog!
I'm choosing this one to start out with, as it was mailed in to me, and I found it to be a fun read! What is it? Here's what the writer had as a promo blurb about the graphic novel:
"Action! Danger! Dysfunctional Romance! The adventure comic strip is back - with a twist! Rip Haywire is a soldier of fortune, a contemporary adventure hero in the classic mold: a brave, square-jawed man of honor who lives for danger. Accompanied by his cowardly dog, TNT, and his venomous ex-girlfriend, Cobra, Rip tracks down lost treasure, takes down madmen, and takes any job that promises heart-pounding action, danger, intrigue - and cash!"
Okay... So what did I think of this graphic novel?
The front cover to the graphic novel showed a kind of 'cartoony' style in illustration. Which kind of grabbed me to read it first. It's an IDW Comics graphic novel, BTW.
The storyline is a fun one, and you didn't need to read the source material online first to get where this graphic novel is going! The canine sidekick is a good idea, and adds to the storyline.
The graphic novel presentation doesn't look like it came from an online presentation first, which is a good thing. It looks like it was formatted for print first, so that is a big plus for this graphic novel.
The artwork and storyline mesh well in this graphic novel. Also, the coloring for the pages is done very well.
I'm giving this graphic novel a VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) 9.0 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale.