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DORK SHADOWS: THE COLLECTED DORK TOWER, VOLUME II

Rabid fanboys run rampant in hilarious new collection

By Arnold T. Blumberg     August 20, 2001


John Kovalic introduces us to the world of role-playing fandom in DORK SHADOWS
© 2001 John Kovalic
There is a breed of human being unlike any other. They are the folks who dwell in shadow, hoarding action figures and pristine Mint comic books the mass of merry mutants who care more about the labyrinthine plotline of BABYLON 5 or the exact shade of red needed to add a bloody touch to their pewter miniature of Grayblade the Elven warrior than the nightly news or the complexities of mainstream social interaction. They are the collective known as "fandom," and they are legion. Try to escape if you so choose once a fan, always a fan. John Kovalic knows this well, and he's about to explain it all to you in hysterically funny detail.

For those who have never encountered the cast of DORK TOWER (a strip that also runs in a monthly comic book title and is not associated with the DORK anthology published by Evan Dorkin and Slave Labor Graphics), they are: Matt, our romantic hero, who dreams of a perfect girl like Gilly the Perky Goth (more later) but never succeeds in meeting her; Igor, the diminutive gaming nut and Matt's friend; Ken, another member of their demented little group; Gilly the aforementioned Goth, who hangs with the would-be creatures of the night in their own outcast clique but dreams of meeting a mild-mannered gaming fan like Matt; and Carson the Muskrat (don't ask). We also occasionally look into the addled and embattled mind of Bill, the local gaming shop owner.

Matt and friends spend their time engaging in lengthy fantasy role-playing adventures, discussing the myriad implications of the curse on entertainment that is Jar Jar Binks, and generally avoiding their normal responsibilities while planning their next big convention outing. They are unable to function well in normal society, and they are painfully aware of their aberrant behavior, yet they gleefully fall right back into their set patterns and will wile away the hours debating their hit points and spell abilities with a passion others devote to things like politics and relationships. They share a world of fantasy that shelters them as much as it excites them. And yes, their adventures are incredibly funny, mostly because to paraphrase an episode of THE SIMPSONS they're true.

Kovalic successfully immerses you in the world of the role-playing gamers, comic book readers, sci-fi fans and collectors of all races and creeds. It's questionable how much someone who doesn't spend a good percentage of their time worrying about the casting of the next STAR WARS film or eagerly awaiting the release of the next RPG supplement by camping outside their local hobby shop will appreciate Kovalic's incisive insider humor. But for those of you who understand the logic of quoting Walt Whitman right alongside Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase in NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION and the pure insanity of using LORD OF THE RINGS wizard Gandalf as a living battering ram in a role-playing campaign gone horribly awry, you'll be busting a gut while reading this superb collection of collecting lunacy. Welcome to the asylum.















DORK SHADOWS: THE COLLECTED DORK TOWER, VOLUME II

Grade: A

Author(s): John Kovalic


Publisher: Dork Storm Press


Price: $15.95

 

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