Just Add Comics| CLUE

Welcome to another edition of Just Add Comics, where I highlight comic books that adapt stories from other forms of media — movies, television, plays, “webisodes”, etc. — and see how they match up compared to the original. I actually wasn’t planning to make another one of these posts so soon, but I recently came across a comic that was so far off my radar that I couldn’t put off talking about it anymore. That’s because the comic I want to cover today is an adaptation of a classic board game: Cluedo, or as it’s more commonly known in America, Clue.

Wait…seriously? says the Hypothetical Reader. Yes. Seriously.

Look, I get it. I was skeptical myself, but after reading up on all things Clue over the last few days (i.e. I skimmed over all the pertinent bits on Wikipedia), I dunno, I guess I’ve been converted. I even pulled an old copy of the board game we had lying around the house to reacquaint myself with the set-up, and I think I have enough now to make this worth your time and mine. So yeah, let’s put on those deerstalker caps and dive in.

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Source: My basement, rescued from under a copy of Battleship and the “FRIENDS” Trivia Board Game. Incidentally, the artwork here is done by Drew Struzan. Yes, that Drew Struzan.

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Z Reviews MOVING PICTURES by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen

Isn’t it interesting how old forgotten things from our past find their way back into our lives? A crumpled up dollar bill you find in your pants pocket; a box of toys you stumble across during spring cleaning; running into an old friend from your high school days at the grocery store. They must have had some value to us once, some presumably more than others, but then for one reason or another we simply stopped thinking about them until one day, out of the blue, they sneak up on us. Moments like that make me wonder why those things were so important to me in the first place and, if they were, what does it say about me that I could forget them so easily?

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Z vs FAN SERVICE!!!

‘SUP, DUDE.

oh no

YEP. YOUR’RE DOING IT AGAIN.

Leave me alone.

DONE DEAL. REAL QUICK BEFORE I GO: WHAT’S YOUR WORD COUNT AT RIGHT NOW?

Shut up! I’m refining my process.

OH, SHAME ON ME FOR INTERRUPTING THE BARD WHILE HE’S AT WORK.

Weren’t you supposed to be me, like my subconscious or whatever? You’re being awfully snippy.

WOULDST THE BARD LIKE ME TO TONE-ETH DOWN THE SASS?

I thought the whole point of you was to help me with my writing. This isn’t getting me anywhere.

WHY ARE YOU STILL DOING IT, THEN?

I don’t think I can even remember at this point.

LET ME ASK YOU THIS: HOW MUCH TIME HAVE YOU ACTUALLY SPENT WRITING SINCE THE LAST POST?

Since the introduction? Like, right after! I don’t remember anything about the last two days that doesn’t involve writing, in fact beyond my immediate surroundings I have no idea what’s going on in the world. California could have sunk into the Pacific Ocean yesterday and I’d be none the wiser. You’d think with all that time I’d have something to show for it but PBBTPBBTPBBTPBBTPBBT

ARE YOU HAVING A STROKE?

I’m fine! I was trying to do a sound effect thing, like when you make a raspberry noise with your mouth? Like that. I’ve got nothing, is what I mean to say. Give me a break.

SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE HAVING A PRETTY ROUGH GO OF IT.

I got four hours of sleep last night, so yes, on the whole I’d describe things right now as “shaky”. Also “blurry”. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I’m sitting down.

NOT ALL BAD THOUGH, RIGHT?

I mean yeah, sure, not completely terrible. When I’m just “talking” or whatever you want to call it, that part’s pretty fun. But then I try to get into the real stuff I want to talk about it doesn’t click. I’m trying to come at it from different angles and none of it sounds like me.

WHAT WERE YOU GONNA TALK ABOUT?

Well, it’s kind of an awkward topic. I’m trying to spin it in a way where it doesn’t sound stupid, but there’s really no way to talk about it where I come off looking good.

I THINK THAT PARTICULAR SHIP LEFT THE PORT A WHILE BACK.

Let me dream, darn you! Or darn me?! I still don’t get how this works and I’m the one writing it!!!

CHILL, DUDE. IT’S PROBABLY NOT AS BAD AS YOU’RE MAKING IT OUT TO BE. WHY DON’T YOU BREAK IT DOWN.

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