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Comic Book Review: Chip #2 by Richard Moore

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Richard Moore's Chip isn't the usual sort of comic I read. I'm more into your typical super hero stories or science fiction stuff like Star Wars and Transformers. To say I was a little worried about reading something that looked childish and, dare I say cute, is an understatement. I put off reading it for a whole day. In the end I'm glad I didn't put it off any longer, as it's a great little story.

Chip is such a charming, fun and, yes, cute comic which is reminiscent of the Pixar and Dreamworks animated movies so popular with children and adults alike. It follows Chip, a gargoyle, who is determined to be the most terrifying gargoyle known to man despite the fact that he's only four inches tall. He knows that with just a little bit of help from some already terrifying creatures he'll be on his way. The adorable and charismatic Chip is joined by the pixie Ash and the cat Burble, who is just a little bit in love with Chip.

The second issue takes place in the "haunted" farmhouse where Chip is seeking the advice of the spirits, including ghosts, on how to become more scary. Along the way he gets distracted by sliding down a banister, which is an absolutely hilarious scene, scared by a "ghost" whom he subsequently goes berserk ninja on and holds a seance to communicate with the spirits to ask them important questions like if you put a clock in a microwave can you travel back in time? Seriously, this is a hilarious story with some great characters. Chip and Ash are just brilliant with some fantastic back and forth that really makes the comic work. Ash is the perfect foil for many of Chip's comments or escapades as she is often the voice of reason. I even liked the "bad guy" Nestor with his witty dialogue which can only be read with a fake posh British accent.

The idea behind it is also an easy one to fall for:  the little gargoyle trying his hardest to be who he wants to be on an adventure that's far bigger than him. Like I said it's very Pixar-ish as it would appeal to adults and children. It's a relatively simple story that's highlighted by some child-like acts that will have the kids laughing, while the snappy dialogue is a little more adult orientated with lines like "My unique form was designed to inspire maximum terror, not conform to society's narrow definition of beauty" going straight over kids heads' but making this adult laugh quite heartily.

The story is backed up by some great artwork. It's got a very real, pencil drawn look to it, which it feel like this sort of thing happens in our world when we aren't looking. The characters are well drawn with Ash looking like a modern day Tinkerbell with some more attitude and less of a stick thin figure while Chip is clearly the standout. He reminds you of a piglet or a Pokemon, and it's hard not to like him; even though he's trying to be scary he just looks cute and harmless. Moore's story is also aided by the fact that Chip is given a lot of facial expression, as it really helps to sell each moment in the comic. The one thing I wasn't a fan of was the use of dark lines under Ash's eyes in the first few panels. I know it was supposed to show it was dark, but it just made her look like a drug addict or a zombie.

Chip is a hilarious and really fun comic. I was pleasantly surprised when I read it, and I think a lot of other people will be, too. It's just so hard not to fall for the characters and laugh at the brilliant dialogue. Could an animated adaptation be far off?

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