If you’ve never heard of OiOiOi, allow me to give you a quick brief. OiOiOi is an Australian-produced comic book magazine. Each issue features a variety of Australian artists, writers and their comics, from superheros to horror, comedy and everything in between. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s on offer in this month’s issue.
Written by Andrez Bergen, Art by Frantz Kantor
What’s the easiest way to introduce your hero? Craft a story about another hero who fails and becomes a supervillain. I will be the first to admit that this isn’t the most conventional way to introduce a new superhero, but an interesting one, to say the least.
The tone has a strange mix of classic superhero antics and slapstick comedy. For some readers, this may feel strange. But for those readers who embrace the tone, I think they will be rewarded in the long run.
The artwork is really cool. It’s very stylised and utilises 3D computer rendering and models. I have only ever seen this technique used once before. It does appeal to me and gives the comic a distinct feel and flavour.
Story and Art by Alisha Jade
Seven continues the story of two children trying to escape the clutches of evil, and this issue continues to offer dark and disturbing imagery. The artwork has a manga-inspired feel, and the characters have a soft feature that creates stark contrast to the world they inhabit. Somehow, the contrast makes me feel more for these characters.
The comic itself is very dialogue-light and that makes the story hard to follow. What these instalments could really use is a one page of “previously” to help new readers. This is more of a formatting concern, because the writer of this story is pretty talented. You can see the effort that has gone into the flow and description in each panel and props to the artist as well.
Seven will work well if you’ve read the previous instalments. If not, you may be confused or lost. You can head to http://www.petriepress.com/store/ for completed storylines and editions.
Written by Jason Towers, Art by Dillion Naylor
This comic is a very macabre comedy with a Weekend at Bernie’s twist. The insanity of the situation appeals to my sense of comedy, but may not be for everyone. The idea of two parents trying to have their dead child enrolled in school may seem like a horrific idea until the writer adds the political correctness stance: “He’s not dead, he’s living impaired.”
I feel like the comic is also a bit of commentary on ‘helicopter’ parents and lawsuit/political correctness society. So to me, it feels exceptionally relevant for this day and age. It’s also full of yuks as Preston’s school desperately tries to include him in activities.
The artwork has a distinct feel, and it reminds me of high-end satire that you would see in a newspaper. Definitely worthy of publication.
Mary tells a complete story and uses a surprising technique that not many people are going to pick upon. But for those that do, it’s a really cool technique and a very unique way to tell a story. So in order not to spoil the narrative, that’s all I will say. Props to the writer!
On the art, the style reminds me of very early Tim Burton, which fits perfectly with the narrative being told. It’s dark and eerie, but very stylised.
Mary is an example of clever technique; the rest will be up to the reader to discover.
Goblins at College
Story and Art by Rene Pfitzner
Another comedy story to end out the issue, and Goblins at College reminded me a lot of the type of storytelling in Order of the Stick or other Dungeons and Dragons parody stories.
The artwork works well for a comedy and helps to give the comic a classic Nickelodeon-kind of feel. Especially considering the subject matter deals with a young goblin striving to be something more, while trying to escape from his father’s shadow – a la Aggghhhh Real Monsters!
Loads of slapstick comedy ensues, and I think avid D&D players will get a real kick out of it. You can find more stories in the series from Tolcraft.com