Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New cool link: Kukuburi

I had mentioned making changes to my blog yesterday; today it begins, and I start with a new cool link to a webcomic titled Kukuburi.

Here is a link to what the comic is about, along with notes about the author and artist, Ramón Pérez.

When I first came across the site, it was one of the rare instances in which I read from the beginning strip to the current strip all in one sitting, so fascinated was I with the story and art! The artwork is stunning! It's such a eye-pleasing Fantasia that I felt like I could reach out and touch the manta rays that fly in the sky.

The main character is named Nadia, and on a standard delivery stop, she ends up in a fantastic world right out of the old comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland. In fact, I would venture to say that Kukuburi is Little Nemo's direct descendant; so awesome is the artwork. And the villain - named simply Him - is a creepy skeleton dude in a red trimmed black suit and red shades; almost like a variation of Satan, which I suppose is what he is.

Here is a link to a page with Him in it, in all his creepy glory.

But great art will only get you so far - Mr. Pérez also has a flair for storytelling! The pacing and sense of drama is top-notch; so much that I can't wait for the next strip to come out! You have to love Nadia in all her goofiness and yet heroic efforts to save the day, while Him is so cunning and evil that you just have to hate him. He holds all the cards and he knows it, and so far he is playing Nadia like a musical instrument - and yet Nadia has a stubborn, independent streak (along with that unpredictable goofiness) that keeps Him guessing on what she'll do next, so he's not as in total control as he believes. What happens next? Stay tuned! I know I will!

I could easily see an animated cartoon coming out of this, but at the same time, I am not sure an animation could capture the fantastic imagery that the webcomic shows. Probably the closest an animation could get would have to be rendered in 3D in order to get close to the same sense of awe and wonder that the webcomic's images offers, and even then I don't think it could match it.

Kukuburi comes highly recommended by me. Great work, Mr. Pérez! You have a fan!

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