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Exploring Loneliness Through 'Pocket Monsters' - Lonesomes Kickstarter Review

Written by Matt Lune on Friday, May 20 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Exploring Loneliness Through 'Pocket Monsters' - Lonesomes Kickstarter Review

"If you could see your loneliness, what would it look like?" - with new comic book Kickstarter Lonesomes, the answer is Pokemon!

Source: Kickstarter

Loneliness is something felt by everyone at some point or another, and now, thanks to Kickstarter, writer Ryan Little - along with Eder Messiahs on pencils/inks and colorist Fahriza Kamaputra - is hoping to capture and express that feeling through his new comic book, Lonesomes.

In it, main character Tom is struggling with a life unfulfilled. On a particularly solitary day he comes across a magical creature, drawn to his loneliness. This is a Lonesome, and "together, the two set off for an adventure that will carry them through both the lore of the mysterious lonesome world and the depths of Tom's feelings".


So what made Writer Little want to tackle this idea? From his Kickstarter Campaign:

Everyone experiences loneliness at some point or another. I've noticed that even though loneliness is so universal, there isn't much that teaches you how to face it. That's where Lonesomes comes in.

In tackling such a complicated yet universal emotion, and mixing it with a world of fantastical creatures not dissimilar to Pokemon or Digimon, Little and the team have created something personal yet magical.

I've had the pleasure of reading the first issue and there's a real sense of beauty hidden in the everyday. While there's only one creature so far, the implication is that there is a whole plethora of beings ready to engage with reality.


The art itself is perfectly suited to the narrative. When introducing mystical creatures, the design of those animals needs to be spot on, otherwise the magic is lost. Thankfully Eder Messiahs straight away brings a gorgeous little forest wolf pup into the book, who could be the indie comics version of Pikachu he's that cute. Kamaputra's colors too match the vibrancy and fantasy of the plot.

This Kickstarter campaign is to fund a physical copy of issue 1. The issue is already finished, but as Little explains:

Although the book is completed, I think it needs to be physically printed for readers to fully embrace the thematic elements.This is a story about confronting your loneliness. A book like that isn't meant to be read alone on your iPad. It's meant to be printed so you can read it, share it, and engage that feeling with others.

For as little as $5 you can read a digital copy of Lonesomes issue 1, but for $8 you not only get a physical copy, you get your name in the Thank You page and a sense of achievement for helping a great indie title see the light of day. Plus it will help the prospect of more issues in the future!

There's only 6 days left to this Kickstarter, so if you want it you better act fast!

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for Lonesomes Issue 1 here, and engage with the writer on Twitter @TremendosJakson


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About the Author - Matt Lune

Trapped in a world he never made, Matt is a comic-book obsessive and frequent internet user. GSOH with a vast and mostly useless knowledge of Marvel comics, Matt is currently striving to expand his reading experience into the DC Universe and as much Independent work as his bookshelf will support. Surrounded by dreams of making it big, when he's not on Twitter (@MattLune) he can be found on his own site,
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