Ugli Studios Presents is a collection of two outstanding original comics from Jason Lenox and David Paul.
The first story, Through The Eyes Of Grizelda, is a gloriously violent look at a world called Xendria, a once powerful empire now destroyed. In this world, the meek have inherited a nightmare of chaos and oppression.
The story is not told from the hero’s perspective. Instead, the reader watches from the eyes of a cat, the “familiar” of the destructive necromancer who has brought this anarchy into being.
The artwork is bold and alive with color, giving the feeling of being in the midst of a great battle. The story quickly brings you into this new land, and establishes the rules of the Necromancer and the armies who have tried unsuccessfully to defeat it.
I, for one, am looking forward to seeing more tales of Xendria, and the pet-lover who rules them all…
The second story, The Great Vermin, is a real sci-fi sucker punch.
A team of space-men are en route to planet Ganymedes IV on a high-priority mission to exterminate the last of a dangerous species, the scourge of the universe.
The enemy turns out to be more clever and familiar than we knew, and the story ends on an awesomely bleak note.
Really great stuff!
Ugli Studios is made up of a talented group of individuals :
Jason Lenox is an illustrator who currently resides in State College, PA. His work has been seen in Role Playing Games (TPK Games), Comics (Gray Haven Comics & Viper Comics) and in the Movies (“Zero Charisma” release date 2013) as well as additional freelance works for a variety of clients. Jason is a graduate of The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts (1992) and he trained under professional illustrator Elaine Renna of Lancaster, PA. Jason currently serves as an Instructor at The Central Pennsylvania Art Alliance where he teaches sequential arts when he is not at his day job, parenting, or chained to his drafting table drawing dark fantastic images. “UGLI Studios Presents” is his first full-length comic book.
Letterist and writer David Paul is the author of Naked Vitality, a nominee for several literary awards and the 2004 International Library of Poetry Silver Award Cup recipient. His works in graphic novels include the award-winning Cold Blooded Chillers by Heske Horror and he is a long time Heavy Metal Magazine contributor. David is the web comics managing editor at InvestComics.com and he writes the cartoon strip “Joseph!” with artist Gary T. Becks.
Cartographer/Illustrator Joseph Freistuhler has been making maps of fantasy places since childhood. After studying illustration at Ohio University years ago, he has recently refocused on his passion for cartography. He currently has several maps being published for the role playing game industry and last year had a map featured in an art exhibition in New York City.
The book can be purchased here, signed, for a measly $5.
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Grade : B+