Eat Dat!, by Sun-Min Kim, David Horvath, et al., is a comic which tells the story of UglyDolls, a group of creatures who are part of a specialty merchandising franchise. One might reasonably call them aliens, as they look nothing like the beings typically known as human. On the other hand, these are not unlike people living their lives on a daily basis. Naturally, the creatures themselves come in many shapes, sizes, as well as many different colors. The authors understand that readers might be new to the UglyDoll world, so they wisely start off with two pages with the characters both listed and illustrated.
Dave Cooper and Joe Ledbetter contribute to a few stories here and there, but mostly, they add to the book with their drawings and vivid color work. This story collection takes its readers on a series of adventures involving food. Depending on what one is hungry for, the variety is endless.
“Food Fight!” may sound like the makings of a cafeteria brawl, but it is really a clever parody of a cooking competition. Two opponents with vastly different dishes try to see who can get the big prize.
“Taste Buds” takes on a similar subject, although it comes from a marketing angle of getting a new product on grocery store shelves. While the methods are unique, readers will find they have no problem understanding the basic concept.
“Samplin’ ” uses marketing on the grass roots level. A restaurant wants to get people seated at its tables, but they need to appreciate the food first. What better way than handing out mini samples of tacos? Although I will not spoil viewing enjoyment by a reveal of the ending, suffice it to say things do not quite go as planned.
In between the bigger stories are smaller tales involving the same UglyDoll characters. These are pencil drawings which confine the action to one page only. To keep readers turning pages, one set is only the first half of the tale.
Even though this comic deals with franchise cartoon personalities, new readers to the world will not have any trouble in regards to understanding what is going on. The stories are concise, so one does not get bogged down with plot. Overall, young readers should find this quite enjoyable.Powered by Sidelines