HorrorBuzz: Monster Elementary Offers Kid-Friendly Frights
Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse!, the second graphic novel in the Monster Elementary Series, is available now at comic stores across the country. Both Monster Elementary and Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse! were independently published and successfully funded via Kickstarter. The story follows the adventures of five young monsters: Desmodus, Lukos, Francesca, Rags and Gilda and continues right where the previous book left off. After their monsters-only private school was shut down, the gang has been forced to adjust to life at Kinghaven Elementary, a human public school. In addition to the navigating the daily horrors of Kinghaven, the gang solves mysteries in a ghost town, fends off a home invasion from a snooping classmate and in the titular story, travels to the Egyptian desert on an epic quest to finally find Rags’ parents.
The Monster Elementary series is an all-ages comedy adventure featuring classic horror movie archetypes – the Vampire, the Werewolf, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon – reimagined as elementary school students. But rule #1: Don’t eat the other students no matter how tasty they might be. And rule #2: Avoid Vanessa Elle Sing, their classmate who is also a monster hunter out to expose the new kids.
Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse!, like its predecessor, is a series of short stories, all written by Doan and illustrated by a team of rotating artists, including Cal Moray, Lee-Roy Lahey, Bobby Timony, Christopher Tupa, Patty Variboa, Patrick Ian Moss, Jimena Sanchez, Daniele Serra, and Josh Gowdy.
“The creation of the first Monster Elementary graphic novel was so satisfying, before we even finished, I knew there needed to be more Monster Elementary books,” said Doan. “We’ve created such a rich backstory for these monsters, they’re practically yelling at me to tell more stories about them. And in the big finale of Volume 2, “The Egyptian Curse!”, I had the opportunity to turn a young boy’s feelings about adoption into a monstrous adventure to Egypt. I couldn’t be more thrilled on how humorous, exciting and touching it turned out.”
Doan cites as his influences for the Monster Elementary series Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Jhonen Vasquez’s Invader Zim, and the classic Universal Monsters.
Monster Elementary and the Egyptian Curse! is priced at $22.99 and is available for purchase at comic shops across the nationwide, MonsterElementary.com where there is a preview, and SpaceGoatPublishing.com. Monster Elementary is also available for purchase from the same locations.