A Trip to the Store for Nos­fer­atu

Comic, Grisso, 32 pgs., enig­mat­i­clabs.com, $3

Broken Pencil - - Zine Reviews -

When you’re a con­sum­mate out­sider, even the easy stuff is hard. Such is the case for Nos­fer­atu, among the creepi­est of clas­sic, blood-guz­zling hor­ror char­ac­ters, who in this story merely craves a late night car­ton of milk. Grisso’s il­lus­tra­tions are im­pres­sive. His crisp, square, black and white pan­els draw the reader in to this hi­lar­i­ous comic. The di­a­logue, all over a gro­cery store check­out counter, is ter­rific. In a clever touch, Nos­fer­atu’s di­a­logue is in me­dieval gothic script. At­tempt­ing to wield the “magic” of his debit card, Nos­fer­atu, blood-suck­ing ter­ror­izer that he is, is chas­tened by the mun­dane re­al­ity of in­suf­fi­cient funds.should we feel sorry for the guy? Let’s face it: he is not a sym­pa­thetic char­ac­ter. Per­haps we can revel in the sym­bol­ism of quasi-jus­tice for lit­eral blood­suck­ers (sym­bol­iz­ing fig­u­ra­tive ones — i.e. the One Per­cent) made to run the gaunt­let of our own ev­ery­day de­hu­man­iza­tions. How of­ten are we turned away, empty-handed, de­nied the milk that we de­serve? But he is Nos­fer­atu. I’d rather have him drink­ing from a milk car­ton than from my veins. Pick this one up from Grisso and de­vise your own sym­bolic hidden mean­ings. (Joshua Bar­ton)

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