The Creeps (Deep Dark Fears Collection #2)
By Fran Krause
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Genre: Graphic Novels/Sequential Arts
A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling Deep Dark Fears: a second volume of comics based on people’s quirky, spooky, hilarious, and terrifying fears.
Illustrator, animator, teacher, and comic artist Fran Krause has touched a collective nerve with his wildly popular web comic series–and subsequent New York Times best-selling book–Deep Dark Fears. Here he brings readers more of the creepy, funny, and idiosyncratic fears they love illustrated in comic form–such as the fear that your pets will tell other animals all your embarrassing secrets, or that someone uses your house while you’re not home–as well as two longer comic short-stories about ghosts.
This review is going to be short and sweet because quite simply this graphic novel is. But that is not to discredit its worth, as I found plenty within the quaintly illustrated pages.
We all know of fear and normally harbor a bit of our own to some degree. I think it is human nature for our anxiety to manifest in odd and sometimes seemingly irrational manners. Mankind is no stranger to that dreaded and creepy emotion that can at times be downright debilitating. Fear is no laughing matter. That is why The Creeps succeeds. Here, the author approaches this darker topic in a light manner that is easy to digest and sheds a bit of humor on an often difficult subject.
Ranging from the socially awkward to the more frightening, this brilliant collection of fears submitted by online readers is a sequel to the New York Times best-selling Deep Dark Fears. While The Creeps is not exactly a scary read, it will manage to hit home for many readers. It helps to remember that even though there is an appreciable amount of humor to be found within the author’s approach and illustrations, many of these seemingly harmless thoughts solicit true anxiety and panic in others.
97 pages offer a series of clever illustrations that allow the reader to comfortably explore the fears of others and possibly their own without feeling weighed down or overwhelmed. As someone who suffers from anxiety at times, I found a tremendous amount of gratification in being able to laugh aloud at a few scenes I knew I was guilty of. There is a certain, awkward comfort tucked within the pages that I believe many will appreciate with incredible ease.
*I would like to thank Blogging for Books and Penguin Random House for this copy. This is my own, unbiased review.
Enjoyed with a cup of ginger tea and a splash of lemon.
Learn more about the author here.