Jellaby: The Lost Monster

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Whitney Graceby Whitney Grace
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Portia is sad. She doesn’t like school, has very few friends, and has nightmares that would make anyone quiver with fear. During one of her more bad nights, she wakes up and ventures into the forest. She discovers a giant, purple dragon-like monster who is more cute and frightened than terrifying. Portia brings him home and feeds him a sandwich, but she needs to figure out to do with het monster named Jellaby. The next day at school she and fellow classmate Jason get in trouble for fighting (Portia tried to save him from bullies) and Portia finds an unwitting ally to help her find out more about Jellaby and ensure he gets home.

JellabyJellaby is one of the rare stories written for children, but conveys a story and message the resonates with adults as well. Two social misfits find friendship when they are pulled together in the most unlikely of situations. While the comic is a fantasy story, there isn’t a whole lot of magic, but that does not downplay the fantastic elements. Portia and Jason must rely on their own strengths as they figure out how to hide the purple monster, feed him, and then take him home without arising adult suspicion. It’s pretty genius how Jason and Portia plan out everything, proving that kids are smarter than adults give them credit for. The drawings are a delicious quality. Kean Soo whose displays his mastery in sequential timing and how a scene can say so much without the characters speaking. His color choice is another notable factor, using black, purple, and grays instead of a full color pallet. It gives the simple story a greater impact than it already has.

Jellaby is more than kids’ comic; it’s a graphic novel that reminds you how great the medium is.

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