Welcome, once again, to
Fledgling Frightful Friday, where we shine a quick spotlight on ongoing comics with fewer than 75 pages.
This week’s comic is Monsterkind, by Taylor Carilli.
Monsterkind is a story about humans and monsters living in a country ruled by segregation and inequality. Monsters are treated as second class citizens, and are not allowed in certain areas of the country- especially those inhabited by wealthier humans.
Wallace Foster is a human who has just been transferred into District C of Fairway. He has never lived among monsters until now, but he’s quickly realizing that they aren’t as bad as everyone has made them out to be.
– from the About page
With themes of social perception, prejudice, equality, and activism, Monsterkind has an excellent set up for future drama and character development. And with such *ahem* colorful characters, whatever interactions they have are sure to be entertaining.
The monsters of Monsterkind tend to look more like felt cut-outs reminiscent of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, rather than the terrifying slathering things one would usually imagine. The fact that the monsters are really the complete opposite of terrifying and sometimes indistinguishable from humans is, in my opinion, actually rather brilliant.
Then again, who would ever be frightened of such rich, adorable, wonderful art? Seriously, I’m a sucker for textured art and free-style paneling.
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