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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 109

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven…
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Enjoy!

Strangehaven is Gary Spencer Millidge’s long-running (and long-awaited, in terms of the next issue) comic book about the bizarre town by the same name. A common description of the book is quite apt, I think, which is that it is “Twin Peaks meets The Prisoner.”

While the town is probably the “real” star, the book is nominally about a man named Alex who crashes in Strangehaven while on vacation and then finds himself stuck in the town, whether he wants to or not. Luckily, he seems to fit in there nicely.

Here’s his intro to the town (and our intro to some spooky, shady characters)…

The book is filled to the brim, though, with interesting characters. Here’s a scene from one of the last issues (you can see how Millidge’s art skills developed) giving us a nice mix between looking at the vast, odd cast and also showing some of the trademark weirdness of Strangehaven (NOTE: This spoils a plot point in the series in case you don’t want to read ahead – but it’s a plot point like “The Comedian is killed in Watchmen,” so it being spoiled is not a MAJOR deal, I suppose)…

The entire series is collected into three trade paperbacks.

Millidge recently did a book about how to design comic books, so maybe he’ll eventually also return to Strangehaven!

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Holy crap! I can’t believe Strangehaven is being featured. This was one of my favorite series before I quit buying comics yet it gets less mentions than The Tick on my favorite comics blog :( I’ve only read the first dozen issues or so, but it’s great. If you were at all into Twin Peaks, READ IT!

Stuff like this is why I love you guys.

funkygreenjerusalem

April 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I love Strangehaven like I love few others.

I preferred the art style in volume two, more than the shift to the style volume three (which was also a little too plot heavy), but damn it’s a good book.

I just wish it didn’t make ASBAR seem like a regular, timely, book.

Thanks for the reminder. I have the first two volumes of Strangehaven but I’d haven’t gotten around to the third volume yet. Great book!

I read the first one or two volumes of this and to be honest I found it a bit tedious. I’m sure it’s just good, but just not for me – which is a shame because I loved The Prisoner and Twin Peaks – and rather liked Northern Exposure too.

Thank you, Brian, Thank you.

This is one of my favourite comics and I don’t actually know why…

The most painful part about it is that it takes about a year between issues coming out….

Was the last issue number 18?

I have heard that he’s also got an Alan Moore “Graphic Autobiography” in the works, so that may be taking up a fair amount of time too…

:-(

Pretty wordy but probably works better in context of whole story and I do like the art in the second scene so thanks for making me aware of this, think I’ll check it out.

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