Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios has released a first look preview at Bags (Or a Story Thereof), the new original graphic novel by Patrick McHale, creator of the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network series Over The Garden Wall, artist Gavin Fullerton (Disney's Space Chickens in Space), and colorist Whitney Cogar (Steven Universe), available in stores July 2019. But what at first glance appears to be a fun, all-ages tale is slowly revealed to be anything but that as a lonely man named John becomes increasingly desperate after realizing that anyone in his creepy town could have kidnapped his poor dog, Beth.
Who has taken Beth? What do the police have to do with it? And what about the @#$%ing Walrus? Goo goo gajoob?
BOOM! Editor Shannon Watters, who yes, technically is paid to say nice things about BOOM! comics also heaps praise upon the comic:
Patrick's original short story comes to life with Gavin's stunning art and Whitney's classic colors as we follow a man who is shaken from his normal routine by a surprising and unexpected loss. In the wake of the disappearance of his dog, John follows an increasingly erratic train of thought which leads down an unusual and dangerous path until it may be too late to find his way back.
Psychological horror runs rampant in this terrifying tale, which hits comic shops on July 17th and bookstores on July 23rd.
Check out the preview below:
BAGS (OR A STORY THEREOF) is the tale of a man and his dog. John Motts lives his life in his home with his dog, Beth, until one day, she goes missing. John begins a frantic search that leads him to the policeman's home, the advice-giving walrus down the street, and eventually into the dark woods beyond the edge of town where he runs into several mysterious figures in this haunting tale of loss and the unknown.
BAGS (OR A STORY THEREOF), featuring a cover by Fullerton, is the latest release from BOOM! Studios' award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time™, Steven Universe™, Rugrats, and Over The Garden Wall™, along with original series like Pandora's Legacy by Kara Leopard, Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, and Just Beyond by R.L. Stine, Kelly & Nichole Matthews.