Those stories about little girls stumbling into a strange and magical world always seems to end so well. What if there was a girl who never found the solution to the problem she was supposed to solve? That is the question asked in I Hate Fairyland #1
Skottie Young is a well know artist in the comic scene. His artwork is cute,edgy, and slightly weird. I Hate FairyLand combines Young’s writing with his art, in collaboration Jean-Francois Beaulieu. Just like his art, this comic is completely fun, demented, weird, and just plan awesome.
Gertrude is just like any other girl, playing around, wishing to be somewhere else (I guess she hasn’t seen Labyrinth). Lucky for her, a portal in her room rug swallows her and flings her into Fairyland. Bruised and nursing a broken arm, she is cheerfully greeted Queen Cloudia and the citizens of Fairyland. If you mixed Oz, Invader Zim, Katy Perry’s California Girls music video, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and Willy Wonka’s factory, you’ll be able to picture something of what Fairyland is like. It is a land of gut wrenching sweetness and absurdity. In order to go home, Gertrude must find the key. Armed with an unhelpful clue to where the key is and a helpful insect sidekick named Larrigon Wenstworth III, Gertude goes off on her quest. Twenty seven years later, she is still searching. Gertrude has not physically aged one day but she very much has the attitude of a jaded, grumpy, and cruel adult.
Being stuck in a saccharine saturated landscape for more than week would drive anyone insane. Twenty seven years with no way out?! Heck yeah would I use a candy cannon to pulverize stars from the sky.
I Hate Fairyland #1 is a gleeful comic that takes the world of fairy tale lands and hacks to to bloody pieces with a smile. It’s gruesome with a cute edge, and I absolutely adore it! It is so, so much fun to read. There were panels that made me laugh so hard that it did make me wonder a bit about myself. Then again, how can I not laugh at Queen Cloudia getting splatted in the face with a falling dying star?! Then the splat of the star dying. The teetering is really hard to maintain.
No way in heck is this comic taking the fantasy land trope seriously. Nods and parodies are intermixed with all the bright and bloody colors. As Skottie Young mentioned in an essay at the end of the comic, he was a huge fan of MAD magazine before he was into comic books. For anyone who has grown up reading MAD magazine or the awesome television show, the demented humor continues here in this comic book.
This was absolutely pure fun to read and I seriously cannot wait for the next issue!I Hate Fairyland #1 is available at your local comic book retailer.