I love comics and graphic novels, so what do I do with that love? Well, I turn it into a new feature!
From Panel to Panel is a new feature where I talk about the awesome (and perhaps not-so awesome) comic books and graphic novels I’ve read. Basically, this will be me pushing them onto your laps. You’re welcome.
Want a graphic novel that’s gothic, cute, and charming about the Underworld? Look no further than Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula.
What is it about? Because of her supposedly ailing father (who is actually pretending to be unwell), Princess Decomposia has to cover her father’s royal duties, which has to do with lots of paperwork and discussions with supernatural diplomats/groups to improve relations, and all the work is driving her to exhaustion. She hires a new chef, adorably called Count Spatula, who becomes her confidante, urging her to eat and take a break. With him by her side, things begin to change in the way she does her duties, and that causes unease for her father.
Who’s in this?
- Princess Decomposia (aka Dee), the sweet and overworked daughter who can’t catch a break;
- Count Spatula, the new chef, who’s a vampire with a big sweet tooth;
- King Wulfrun, Decomposia’s father, who is extremely nitpicky about his food and pretends to be unwell but in reality just wants the good things without shouldering the responsibility.
There are minor characters like Clove, the housekeeper that looks like an onion and Skulkner, the King’s lackey that’s an eyeball with a skeleton body but no arms.
Where is it set? Mostly in the Underworld, and the last bit of the book is Overground on Thursday of the Dead Day.
How would you describe the art? It’s strictly black ink, and it’s is super adorable. It keeps things simple, and I like that. Here is examples of the art to get an idea of what it looks like.
What kind of food is in this? Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula features a few food items that sound disgusting and utterly delicious. What do you think of Rose hip tea or carrot water? Or a lemon drizzle cake that comes in the form of a cloud first? The food just made me hungry!
What kinds of messages does the book send?
Just to name a couple (since I don’t want to give away everything):
- You should always eat to keep your energy up even if you’re very busy. There’s always time for food.
- If you’re overwhelmed with work, delegate some of it to co-workers/employees.
Andi Watson does a great job of presenting each message in a clear and effective way. They are all important messages that every kid and adult need to know.
Who will love this book? Kids and people who like: food, gothic adorableness, good messages, and comics/graphic novels.