“We see so many kids who are just plain bored at events we do (not just cons, but art events, etc.) and I hate that. There should be something for them just to have a little fun, they are kids after all, having fun is their full time job. I can identify with why they are bored. There are a lot of things that look interesting, but they are not allowed to touch, be it because things are graphic, or fine art, or collectible. It reminds me of that line out of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “The place is like a museum. It’s very beautiful and very cold, and you’re not allowed to touch anything.” We saw that there needed to be something, anything, that they could just be kids with. Even comics aimed at kids these days become collectable almost immediately (My Little Pony, Adventure Time, etc.). Really little kids don’t want lessons on proper comic handling, or to be told that they have to be really careful with it, they want to open it up, color on it, draw mustaches on the characters, that sort of thing. So that is exactly what we gave them. All the collectable stuff and proper handling will come later.”- James Dufendach on the creation of Jellyman and Toast
Another PLB comic?
Yup. Like I said, they keep putting stuff out and keep wanting yours truly to review it. Probably because I’m awesome.
BUT THIS ONE IS KID FRIENDLY
Man oh Man, a kid friendly book by PLB? At first I thought this probably meant that during the decapitations rainbows poured from the necks instead of blood. Boy was I wrong. Jellyman and Toast is PLB’s first kids book and there is nothing even remotely questionable as far as content for kids. And it’s a dollar. And it’s a coloring book. With activities.
Most of ya’ll will remember the review I did of Bedbug #1 last week. It was a great kid’s comic that had so much depth that there was enough in it for me to love or hate. Regardless of my thoughts on the hero, Bedbug has a depth that I love in kids stories as it encourages deeper reading and thought. Jellyman and Toast is the opposite. Weighing in at 12 pages, with multiple stories, gags and puzzles, there is a lot of stuff, and none of it is deep enough for you to grow too attached. Sure, you can like or dislike it, but at the end of the day you never invest enough into it to hate it or love it.
As for said content, you are given two groups of stories, three about Jellyman and Toast, and two about Dracula, the Mummy, and the Wolfman as roomates (or Doomates). The doomates one requires a little bit of prior knowledge by your kids about the monsters involved, but not enough to ruin the punchline if they don’t know about a certain thing. Jellyman and Toast’s stories are random, dealing with plot points from cooking, to clones, the Santa. Both sets of stories deal with the random type of humor that excels in modern day cartoons, and will be easily funny to kids who think something is funny just because it’s weird (and who can blame them?).
The writing is goofy, if sometimes a little off. The art is fun. The puzzles are easy. The jokes are random. Your kid can afford it on their allowance. Jellyman and Toast is what it is: a soda. You buy it for a buck and it tastes good, but there is little nutritional value.