The Griff: A Graphic Novel Paperback – 19 Jul 2011
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From the Back Cover
Outrageously funny New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore and award-winning screenwriter-director Ian Corson team up for a wacky and entertaining graphic tale of alien invasion and a motley crew of Earthlings trying to stay alive and, oh, yeah, save humankind.
The mayhem begins when an ancient alien beacon is unwittingly activated, summoning behemoth spaceships from the far reaches of the galaxy. Hovering in Earth s atmosphere, they release a biblical stream of pods that transform into minivan-size, people-eating, flying lizardy things that look like mythological griffins. Destroying communications, emergency, and military infrastructure, they systematically kill everyone on the planet. Well, almost everyone.
A pesky trio of New Yorkers isn t about to roll out the red carpet or roll over and die for these unwelcome intergalactic marauders. Unlikely heroes Mo, a snarky, Gothy game-goddess; Steve, a skateboard-punk schwag whore; and Curt, the obligatory buff commando expert in weaponry (and a genius with cosmetics), are going to take it to the aliens and Florida is where the fight is. Armed with M-16s, a BFG (big f**king gun), and a surplus of guts, they ll battle their way from the Big Apple to Orlando, where a downed spacecraft is the most awesome new attraction.
And in the Sunshine State another pair of courageous (and pretty damn lucky) humans who have outwitted the toothy uberlizards await: Liz, a babelicious killer whale trainer at Ocean World, and Oscar, a chain-smoking middle-aged professional squirrel (seriously he s paid to wear that squirrel costume).
Once united, the intrepid warriors will attempt to infiltrate the alien spacecraft, defeat the spacer invaders, and save (what s left) of the world and, if Steve plays his cards right, begin the fun of repopulating Earth all over again. "
About the Author
Christopher Moore is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Lamb, The Stupidest Angel, Fool, Sacre Bleu, A Dirty Job, and The Serpent of Venice.
Ian Corson is an award-winning screenwriter and director whose credits include Bloodline for Castle Rock Entertainment and Starting Five for Paramount Pictures. He has also directed Monster Garage for the Discovery Channel and the feature film Malicious (starring Molly Ringwald). He teaches screenwriting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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A graphic novel like this is beyond unreadable on my little Kindle's screen, but I assumed I could just read it on the PC app if that was an issue.
I had some issues with the Kindle app for Windows and trying to best the art in The Griff. Even on my 37" 1920x1080 monitor, it wasn't easy to make out small text in some cases as (probably due to my own lack of knowing the Kindle PC app) there was always a large border around the page being displayed, even in fullscreen mode.
As a result, I'd suggest finding this one on paper if you'd like to read it.
How was it? Well, it was enjoyable enough, it's a quick read, with pretty art and it had some Moore flavor in the dialogue.
As some have written on the print edition's Amazon page, the art and dialog don't always do the best job of working together to tell the story, with some panels that leave you piecing things together yourself a bit.
It's not a bad graphic novel, nor a mind-blowingly awesome one, but it is a Christopher Moore graphic novel, so if you're a Moore fan I'd suggest giving it a try (on paper if you can find it).