Bat Boy to the Rescue!

bat-boy-comicsFew can predict the success of new adult comic books and graphic novels. There are many of us who relish the fringe area of this literary wonderland. No doubt that numerous titles come and go, yet some remain permanently etched in our psyche, such as Peter Bagge's Hate and Bob Burden's Flaming Carrot. Imagine my joy when I happened upon the new four-part, limited-edition cover series from IDW Publishing featuring everyone's favorite mutant, Bat Boy (half-boy, half-bat found living in a cave). "I've been a big Bat Boy fan since I saw him in the paper about 10 years ago," says IDW publisher and editor-in-chief Chris Ryall. That the Weekly World News supermarket tabloid, one that created absurdly outrageous faux news stories for 30 years, could be turned into a compelling narrative seems like a very risky endeavor in today's volatile print world, but Mr. Ryall has hit it out of the park. Marrying some of the WWN's most memorable characters to a tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek narrative and delivering a satisfying page turner is no easy feat, but trust me, it's well worth the read. Moreover, he's woven wonderfully subversive and overt pop-culture references within the writing and artwork of each issue. Bat Boy, uber redneck writer/editor Ed Anger, UFO Alien, Ape PhD, they're all here. As I anxiously await the third installment, I emailed Mr. Ryall to congratulate him on his literary achievement and quizzed him about why Bat Boy's mouth is always in perpetual gaping fly-catching mode. He assured me that that he "didn't leave any great mysteries to go unexplained in this series." With Bat Boy flying high again, can a movie deal for the Weekly World News be far behind? I should think not. - Dusty Wright dusty5a Mr. Wright is the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and music. He is also a singer/songwriter who has released 3 solo CDs, and a member of the folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.