Monday, April 25, 2011

Comic Review: Fungus Grotto

Title: Fungus Grotto
Creator: Ms,Shatia Hamilton
Publisher: Self-published Web-Comic
# books in series: Vol. 1 (soon-to-be) published. (Only 5 printed chapters of the time of the article which you can purchase at
FG Shop)
Status: On-going
Genre: Fantasy/Comedy (That I know of, maybe a little romance? :D )


(Copied from the 1st Chapter of FG)
Seventeen year old Vielle wasn't ready to go off to college. After confiding in her mother, she contemplates what to do next. Why is growing up so hard? But that's the least of her worries. After waking up in her back yard, Vielle finds her little problems just reached epic proportions...

Vielle is like any normal 17 year old girl with dreams, goals, and aspirations. On the eve of leaving home to step into her future she finds she's not quite ready to go. Torn between 'out there' and 'comfort' Vielle takes a moment to daydream... Just dream... And she thought going out into the real world would be hard.

Aisa's Thoughts
Some of you may already heard of Fungus Grotto, but I just wanted to further share this wonderful original tale. :) The one reason I wanted to feature Ms,Shatia's works is because of her unique style. One thing about comics is the freedom of expression and creativity. Ms,Shatia takes that to heart. She has a beautiful-strong-female protagonist (Who is of a mixed race, perhaps? That, you don't see a lot in comics.), as well as some interesting side characters. As a supporter of diversity, it is great to see different amounts of ethnic characters. Plus, who could resist those enticing eyes?! lol

What one probably notices when you first see her graphic novel is the attractive visuals. Each panel and frame are vivid and detailed (Painstakingly, I'm sure XD). Besides the stunningly beautiful illustrations, Ms,Shatia has a great story-telling voice. I'm not exaggerating. Her characters are vibrant and lively. They all have unique and developed personalities that are fun to watch. All her visuals and dialogue flows beautifully and it is a joy to read if you like fantasy stories. Her pacing and development is fairly good for only 5 chapters. 

The author has been a tiny bit slow on putting up updates, but with the wonderful story and illustrations, it's no wonder. She put a lot of time and sweat in it so I'm willing to wait however long it takes. lol I've always been pretty patient when it comes to updates, I'll take whatever people put up. It's free, so you don't really have a right to demand updates. I'm mean it's ok to ask, but to stop reading a wonderful story just because it doesn't update every single day is...kinda sad... Not that a lot of readers bug the artists, just some things I observe in chat boxes and what not...Ha, ok I'll get off my soap box now...

Overall opinion?: Read it!

I recommend this wholeheartedly! You won't regret picking this up. The best part about this comic, it's TOTALLY FREE ONLINE! So go check it out now! The pages are all viewable online, she has a forum so go check that out and let her know what you think. The creator is busy with many things in her life so updates may be sparse but she is currently working on Vol. 2 so please be patient while waiting for chapter 6's update. I know I'm super excited and I can't wait till it's all ready and posted online. X3

Ms,Shatia does have chapters printed (FG Shop) if you are interested. She is working on creating a collective of the chapters into a volume, which is what I'm waiting for. X3 But until then I'll patiently and excitedly sit here waiting for that day. :D

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