Tis the season once again! It’s Halloween, a time for spooky scary skeletons, terror and horror before the Christmas decorations go up for Thanksgiving (or Black Friday Eve is what it will soon be known as), but let’s not get preachy.
Today I want to share with you a little gem that shows the Halloween spirit in a fun, dark, and hilarious way. I am referring to the short lived graphic novel series I Luv Halloween. Published by Tokyopop in 2005 and ran until 2007, I Luv Halloween is about a gang of kids and their adventures during Halloween. Each volume was a self-contained story and got progressively darker as they went on.
I Luv Halloween features a colorful cast of characters; Finch (the kid in the skull mask) Mr. Kitty, Pig Pig and Devil lad (who may or may not be the real devil by the end of the series). These kids only have one thing on their mind; candy, and lots of it. The humor really comes through when the kids treat Halloween as their one great holiday (as if Christmas isn’t even on the map). These kids will stop at nothing to achieve sugary nirvana, even if it means doing some serious tricks. An example of this would be putting razors in some apples the kids received (a Trick or Treat mortal sin) and frame the woman who gave it to them.
The art is done by Ben Roman and is reminiscent of Invader Zim or Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. The world of I Luv Halloween is a mix of dark macabre and outlandish cartoons that really push the dark comedy of the series. Tokyo Pop has created several motion comics as well as a few fully animated segments of the comics that hold true to the original source material. If you want to get into the mood of Halloween, and give the dark holiday some darker humor, then I would recommend this series.
I have been told by some individuals that I should include a rating system in my reviews. I don’t believe in them personally, as they are pretty ambiguous for most viewers (Like what the hell is a 7.5/10 supposed to do for me?). However, I guess I could humor the idea of a rating system and see what it does for me. So I give I Luv Halloween 4 schmecks out of 6 squiggles…yep still pretty pointless.
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