One of those site is Strange Kids Club, which I guess is quite fitting being that i've always been a bit of a strange kid myself. Strange Kids Club is a site run by a fairly strange dude by the name of Rondal Scott, who describes the site as such; "An online hang out for geeks, freaks and nostalgic nerds alike." Covering everything from movies to video games to toys and anything else that freaks and geeks like myself consider super cool, Strange Kids Club is a place where strange kids the world over can come and geek out about stuff like the General Mills Monster Cereals, Garbage Pail Kids and Ernest Scared Stupid, a sort of virtual treehouse hangout for any weirdo who wants to stop by and wax nostalgic about the coolest and geekiest shit this world has ever seen. If you're the kinda kid who preferred Dawn of the Dead to Sesame Street, who secretly dreamed that a blue monster named Maurice lived under your bed (me me me!), then this club is for you.
Now what i'm here to talk about today is the fact that Rondal just recently released issue #2 of his comic book anthology, where he takes all of the elements that make the site so damn entertaining, tosses them into a blender and splatters the mixture all over the pages of a comic book. The theme of this issue is Halloween, with a full 30 pages of full color gross out dedicated to the holiday, as we join our old pal 'Strange Kid' (the SKC mascot) and go with him on a journey through a world filled with monsters, madmen and a whole buttload of pop culture references.
Rondal was kind enough to send me a copy of the mag and I gotta say, I had a blast reading it. Rife with entertaining and gory little tales that are brought to life by incredible artists, including one that sees the Strange Kid being pulled through the TV into his favorite horror movies, it's got an EC Comics kind of throwback feel and comes packaged with all the bells and whistles of a comic book you'd find lying under your dad's bed in the 80's, including faux ads for things like "Super Creepy Human Head Masks For Gorillas" as well as a back cover cut out monster mask for you to wear on Halloween. Also included is a highly entertaining interview with the front cover artist, David Hartman, wherein he reveals that if he could be any movie monster he'd be Dr. Hill's flying decapitated head from Re-Animator 2. Now that's my kinda guy!
Though it's a fairly short read that'll whiz by far too quickly, Strange Kid Comix Magazine #2 is a must read for all fans of Rondal's site, all uber Halloween nuts and, more importantly, all strange kids the world over. I hereby stamp the mag with the Freddy In Space 'Cool Shit' seal of approval!
You can pick up the magazine for $6.99 over at the Strange Kids Shop. If you've blown too much of your money already this month on horror DVD's, Halloween decorations and candy corn, membership to the Strange Kids Club is absolutely free, so go discover why I spend so much of my time hanging out there. It's truly as important a part of my daily diet as the pink Frankenberry tinted milk I guzzle down each October morning.