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Gloom Cookie Volume 1 (v. 1) Paperback – March 4, 2001
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Funny, sweet and human. Lovely, and a nice surprise. -- Neil Gaiman, writer Sandma n and Neverwhere, June 1999
Of the recent spate of "goth comics", GloomCookie is undoubtedly the finest of the bunch." -- Caitlin Kiernan, writer, The Dreaming, January 2001
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I love love love love love the art!!
It as all beautifully drawn! It's my favorite thing about it.
Secondly, I love the storyline. It's romantic, cute, and any goth should read this at least once.
Third, it was definitely HILARIOUS. I certainly laughed my bottom off.
And.. the CONS:
There is many..
1. Almost every goth in this story is shown smoking a cigarette. It is kind of dumb. Not all goths smoke, and it's giving us a bad image.
2. I swear to god.. It is so annoying that the author used repetitive words like "Sweety" and "Bunny" and "Oogie" and "Squishy".. Especially Damion who CONSTANTLY says "Sweety"..
3. NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION. I feel like a lot of the parts in this book are missing. Everything is under- explained and skipped around too much. It isn't very descriptive and the constant use of foul language is VERY annoying, especially coming from me, because I cuss a lot. I've read plenty of humorous gothic stories, but they HAD class. This doesn't. The art is what saved it.
4. Misspelled words.
5. It has a lot of swinging going on here. And the girls in the book are very.. nasty.. and they go from guy to guy a lot, and sleep around, if you know what I mean.
Like another reviewer said, it is TED who saved the day.
This book is pretty much R rated, and underdeveloped..
Oh, and thank you seller, the book got to me. The shipping took a long time though.
This wrapper, however, conceals an elaborate tale concerning monsters and freaks who seek to escape a mysterious carnival. Of course, we're dealing with -Dark Shadows- fans, so some of the monsters are sympathetic, even lovable; it is not a tale of trite physical terror. Various characters introduced as mere humans are revealed to have parts in the supernatural side of the tale.
The clever interweaving of the satirical social vignettes with the ongoing supernatural saga gives both stories stature they would not have on their own. The art is generally quite good, toony but straightforward, and captures the mood well.
The storyline and writing, supplied by Serena Valentino, is just horrible. The entire series reads like a junior-high-school level book: puerile, overwhelmingly basic, lack of character development and depth, dialogue that reads like a bad soap opera or after-school tv drama. The characters use very simple, 6th-grade level speech and resort to using the F-word to express emotion--a clear sign that the author cannot properly express anger/hurt/frustration with true writing skills, so the easy way out is to use the F-word. The plot is anticlimactic, and definitely not the sign of a good writer. Take a look at anything by Jhonen Vasquez or Roman Dirge and you will see how they properly craft ingenious characters and dimensional scenes of humour, anger, drama, and imagination. Their writing is by far 100x more witty and intelligent than Gloomcookie and will stimulate you to no end. And by the way, they don't need to use curse words because they CAN write.
Gloomcookie's one saving grace: Ted Naifeh. His illustrations blow me away. Exquisite, rich, and emotionally illustrated, Naifeh's art does not subscribe to comic-book-art guidelines--it's modern, sharp, graphically astounding. Think "Batman the cartoon series" a sort of dark art-deco type of feel but more gothic.
Gloomcookie will not amuse you in terms of content--it bored me so much that i stopped reading it and just admired Naifeh's art. In fact, it is Ted Naifeh who keeps Gloomcookie from floundering--it's the only redeeming thing that makes me give this an extra 2 stars (otherwise, I'd only give it 1 star). He needs to do his own project with another person--preferably one who knows how to write.
Gloomcookie is all style, no substance. I'm not even inclined to order the rest of the issues.