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Subj: Oddly Normal #7 - Taken on a Journey.
Posted: Sun May 31, 2015 at 08:03:53 am EDT (Viewed 432 times)
Out of step with much of what surrounds in on the marketplace Otis Framton's Oddly Normal has become a firm favourite thanks to its creators refusal to let adult cynicism into the books content. With its playful layouts combined with an eye for detail Oddly Normal has the air of a fairytale about it, one could very easily see this work transferred to animation and not lose a thing about Frampton's stylish visuals and the quirky world it helps create.
Taken on a journey of discovery the book is focused on the self-absorbed and lonely child that is Oddly, who is in fact a young witch to be! Not that this is what the story is about, the fact that it borrows from 'Bewitched' is but the starting point, and not the point in itself. For this is a fairytale with a very specific moral to tell, and a journey being made towards understanding others around you, discovering a sense of self, and beginning to grow up. Unable, and unwilling, to connect with her parents it takes a manifestation of her secret heritage to change her indifference and isolation from the world, and as we reach the latest issue that journey appears to reach its apex. With the story of how her parents met and what they mean to each other, and in turn what Oddly herself means to them... there are no patronising sermons from Otis Frampton as he arrives at this turning point in Oddly's perception of her parents, but as a tale of parentage and what Family is Oddly Normal is a title that stands well above the bulk of the nastiness and cheap suprheroics of what else is out there, a book that has something to say and says it with a genuine warmth to it.
Otis Framton's love of his work shines through on every single page, and as a result Oddly Normal lacks not a trace of cynicism or bitterness to it. Which in itself is a refreshing experience, but simply put this book is a labour of love and the results are to be seen on every single page within.
Oddly Normal is a fundamentally inspiring example of how comics can be created to exploit the strengths of its distinctive medium rather than ignore the immence possibilities, and its lessons can be applied beyond the confines of the smallpress and independents towards the conventional action/adventure tales so favored by Big publishers - Comics can be so much more than just an endless serving of angst, misery, and destruction. Why is it then, that so much of what is being sold to us is so pathetically shallow when it comes to storytelling? Too many of today's mainstream books are being produced by creators and Publishers who are either incapable of producing anything but the most facile and simple-minded of stories, or, more disturbingly, shockingly ignorant of the fact that anything else is possible. Or indeed desired by an audience...
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