“Funny Creek” A Story about Childhood Innocence & Guilt Releasing August 4th!

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Funny Creek Issue 1 (Image: PR)

ComiXology and Stout Club Entertainment have shared that Funny Creek, a 5-issue limited series, will debut weekly beginning August 4, 2020. The upcoming series is about the power of pop culture idols and overcoming guilt.

Funny Creek has been co-written by Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque with art by Eduardo Medeiros, colors by Priscilla Tramontano, letters by Bernardo Brice, and edited by Bis Stringer Horne. Funny Creek will be available simultaneously in both English and Portuguese.

According to the press release, Funny Creek is the first of four comic books coming out of the comiXology Originals multi-book deal with Stout Club Entertainment. 

The official description reads:

Set in 1985, young children Lilly and Andy are great friends who both admire the animated wild-west themed TV show Funny Creek. When a terrible tragedy occurs, Lilly finds herself trapped inside her favorite cartoon inhabited by good boys, bad boys and clowns. But the bright world of Funny Creek isn’t as far from the pains of the real world as she had hoped. She joins with Clumsy and Cody to face the devilish villains of Cold Joe and his gang of goons in a showdown in Funny Creek Town. But being a hero isn’t as simple as she thought. As Lilly is pushed deeper into the adventure she is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions—not only inside The Funny Creek show, but also in the real world—and must overcome her troubles and make her way home.

Funny Creek is a very dear project that we’ve been planning for years with Eduardo Medeiros, our longtime friend and partner in the Stout Club,” said writers Rafael Albuquerque & Rafael Scavone. “In many ways, it’s a story about friendship. It’s also a story about growing up in a culture that idolizes violence, a place we all have been as children. It’s a very special project for the three of us, a story we believe needs to be told. So, it’s a pleasure to have it as our debut title on comiXology and Kindle across the globe.”

We’ve wanted to collaborate in a new project for a long time and finally decided on a book aimed for young readers, which is not our comfort zone at all,” shared Albuquerque. “While brainstorming ideas, heavy subjects kept coming to our minds, and we decided that we should not avoid, but embrace them—figuring out how an 8-year old kid would deal with things like loss, guilt and grief. That was the path where we found something unique and interesting for both young and mature audiences.”

The upcoming story “deals with the banalization of violence on our society and its potential consequences.”

Fans should be ready for a narrative that addresses “childhood innocence, violence in society and how children process trauma and cope with guilt.”

Guilt is a tough subject for adults to deal with, but it’s even harder from a child’s point of view,” said Scavone. “The most beautiful in how children communicate — and the most challenging to someone trying to represent it! — is that it is absolutely simple, and yet so rich in meanings. I faced many of my dilemmas as a young and as an adult Rafael, while writing this story. And each time I see Eduardo’s unique art over my script it gives me a sense of magic and growing up.”

“This is a project which I put my heart in,” shared Medeiros. “We spent almost three years meeting, exchanging ideas, writing and rewriting to reach what Funny Creek has become. It’s a comic that tells a lot about what we believe and I see very clearly each one of us in it. It was and will always be a pleasure to work with my talented friends Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque and I couldn’t be prouder of the final result. Courage, Loyalty and Joy!”

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Funny Creek Issue 1 (Image: PR)

Due to being part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, Funny Creek will be available upon release, at no additional cost, for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

For more updates on comiXology Originals, check out the official website.

Let’s get to know the creative team.

Rafael Scavone (writer) started writing comics in 2014. His main works include Wonder Woman, All-Star Batman, Mark Millar’s Hit-Girl, and the adaptation of the popular Neil Gaiman tale A Study in Emerald. His creative partnership with Rafael Albuquerque continues in the upcoming Dark Horse’s Hidden Society.

Rafael Albuquerque (writer) is an Eisner, Harvey, and Inkpot Award winner for The New York Times Bestseller American Vampire. He’s been working for major comic book publishers in the US since 2005. His works include All-Star Batman, Batgirl, Animal Man, Huck, and Eight. 

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Funny Creek Issue 1 (Image: PR)

Eduardo Medeiros (artist) has several books published in Brazil and the United States, including Mondo Urbano (Devir/OniPress), Sopa de Salsicha (Cia das Letras), Marvel Strange Tales (Marvel), Gotham Academy (DC Comics) and Open Bar (Panini Books).

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Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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