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Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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“Don't be fooled by the cheery illustrations; this is irreverent, bawdy, and lots of fun.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“There is lots of intertextual cleverness going on that results in this book being both an homage to and spoof of the traditional fantasy hero’s quest, both in the illustrations and in the narration.” —Bulletin, Starred Review
“Parks and Costa impressively evolve their tale into a compelling epic quest with deeper themes than the initial chapters hint.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Dazzling, inventive and fun. Ben Costa and James Parks manage to both spoof and pay homage to the fantasy tradition, while creating characters we care about. A tour de force.” —Jason Shiga, author of Meanwhile and Demon
“Rickety Stitch is full of wonderful characters and pacing . . . and what surprises! Storytelling stripped down to the bare bones.” —Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo
About the Author
Ben Costa is a writer and artist living in the Bay Area. He has self-published two volumes of his award-winning, martial arts historical fiction comic Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk. He has also done work for IDW, Viz Media, and SF Weekly. Throughout his life, he has maintained a steady diet of samurai comics, kung fu movies, spacefaring farmboys, and tabletop RPGs. Follow him at @BenCosta.
James Parks is a speculative fiction writer and graphic novelist living in the Bay Area. James was weaned on monster flicks, ghostbusting, lightsaber duels, samurai cinema, and comics—with a sober dose of Victorian literature and ’80s cartoons. James is also the author of the Southern Gothic horror collection The Gospel of Bucky Dennis, was a staff writer for Campfire Graphic Novels, and is a current member of the Horror Writers Association. Find out more about Rickety at RicketyStitch.com.
Top customer reviews
That said, I will have a hard time figuring out at what age to introduce this character to my children. The story is somewhat dark, and some characters do engage in adult-type behavior (drinking, racism, etc.). From this perspective, I would suggest the story suitable for children 11-12 or older. That said, there are several instances of "low humor", which would be more appropriate for children under 10. This somewhat inconsistent tone is unfortunate, but doesn't detract too greatly from the overall story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and am eager to see where the story goes.
One word: Epic. The first volume shows the true potential of what is yet to come. Full of smart humor. It's a great story. The characters are strong and well built visually and emotionally. The variance of style makes great shifts and what a perfect way to start the story. Many moments took me back to my youth where I surrounded myself with lots of D&D, games, movies and books that are still part of my main influences. I can't wait for the next volume.
Rickety Stitch is a skeleton. And a bard! He is trying to piece together the memories of his previous life, half-remembered like a dream or the pieces of a song that come to mind and then slip away again. The Gelatinous Goo is his buddy, and a shambling ooze.
This book is picaresque, kind, gentle, and funny. And oooh man, that lich is **creepy**.