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Kickass Kickstarters: An Unlikely Refugee (4 Days Left!)

Written by Luke Anthony on Saturday, May 28 2016 and posted in Reviews

Kickass Kickstarters: An Unlikely Refugee (4 Days Left!)

Get inside the mind of a reptile and trip out on these colors with art from Max Dowdle.

Source: Artagem Studios

Introspective and beautiful, An Unlikely Refugee illustrates both poetically and literally that the mundane is magical. The self-narrating python protagonist, George, takes you through the disembodied experience of his birth, life, and death. The artwork is spellbinding, demanding immersion making this an enjoyable but all-too-quick read since the dialogue is light, and narration is accentual more than storytelling. Like many great books, more is told visually.


Fortunately the Kickstarter has already passed its pledge goal of $6,900 so now stretch goal rewards are taking place which is always fun and honestly one of my favorite parts of Kickstarter projects (all the extras). As part of the booming success, avid comic book reader and snake enthusiast, Samuel L. Jackson seemed like a good person to reach out to for a quote since he didn't read the book and he would say something likely unrelated and more for a joke mildly related to the subject. And I "quote",


Amirite? Unbelievable, I know, I wrote it, and I still don't believe it. But really, no spoilers, George the python does catch a plane ride to North Carolina.

The pages move quickly, it's very sequential and well strung together, and though it's told from the natural detached-but-present python's narrative, it still has a sense of action and movement. Even tigers and explosions! After nearly 3 years of study and work, I can tell that Max and Morrow really took the time to craft the perspective of a reptile into an engaging and mythic tale because I appreciated something differently after I read it than before. Though I'm quite capable of acting like a reptile, I haven't tried to empathize with one to the extent of which you will after reading this. I'm not saying I want to hug snakes now, rather I can appreciate the mind at work within the reptile because I read this book.

Dowdle did a project that I covered as well called Shattered with Curve of Horn, and that art was very good, but he really stepped it up with An Unlikely Refugee. I really love when artwork is stellar, but this is something you can truly appreciate. Dowdle mixes the real with the surreal and makes it look easy. The opening page is what got me, so I will include it here.


If you like comics that break the mold, but can be told in a subtle and powerful way, this is an excellent choice. I would expect this book to land amongst a publisher like Fantagraphics since they focus on more literary style comics. 

4 days remain on the campaign, so if you'd like a copy and all the fun extras, now is the time. 


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About the Author - LukeAnthony

When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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