Water Baby

Water Baby

Book - 2008
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Written by Ross Campbell Art and cover by Campbell Surfer Girl Brody just got her leg bitten off by a shark. What's worse? Jake, her shark of an ex-boyfriend, is back and when it comes to Brody's couch, he's not budging. It's up to Brody and her BFF Louisa to embark on the roadtrip from hell, narrowly escaping weird hitchhikers and shark-infested nightmares, to get Jake out of their lives forever. This time it's personal! Two-time Eisner nominee Ross Campbell (Wet Moon, The Abandoned) puts punk rock on paper with his brutally honest characters and perversely lush artwork. Advance-solicited; on sale May 28 - 176 pg, B&W, $9.99 US
Publisher: [S.l.] : Minx, c2008
ISBN: 9781401211479
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly ill. ;,21 cm.

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neonchameleon
Nov 29, 2010

As usual Ross Campbell's gothy black and grey style creates a distinct, grungey atmosphere. The main character Brody is fiery, ill-tempered and kind of gross but underlyingly charming.

Also usual with Campbell is the mundane story. A teenage girl dealing with life. However with Water Baby the creepy, shark infested dream sequences add something of a puzzle to it. What do these dreams say about brody and what she;s going through? Also the characters and their antics are extremely amusing.

I would definitely suggest this to people who like gothic/horror artwork and stories about spunky, tough women.

quagga Sep 18, 2009

Brody Arakawa is a Florida surfer girl with plenty of attitude.

When a shark bites off one of her legs, she isn't going to let that slow her down. About a year after the attack, Brody's old boyfriend, Jake, comes around, but Brody says she isn't interested. She announces to her best friend and roommate, Louisa, "I'm totally goin' back to girls." Louisa has heard that before. Even though Brody gives Jake the cold shoulder, she does let him crash at her place for a night. Which turns into days of Jake mooching their food and beer and leaving a mess everywhere. He offers to pay in foot massages. As if it wasn't enough that Brody has to deal with nightmares and physiotherapy and a prosthetic, now she has a deadbeat ex on her hands.

Campbell's black and white ink wash illustrations show an ethnically diverse cast of teens. I liked that the amputee in this story is so feisty and that her main problem is what to do about an ex-boyfriend.

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