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Indie Comic Review: Modest Medusa
Creator: Jake Richmond
Type of Publication: comic strip
Form of Publication: web comic
Start Date: January 3, 2011
Next Instalment: a new strip of the comic is posted about 3 times a week
Modest Medusa follows the misadventures of a gorgon child called Medusa from the magical kingdom of Yeld. She arrives in the human world one fine Christmas Eve. Jake discovers her hiding in the closet of his house. After discovering that she cannot return home, Jake and his niece Marah treat her as their daughter.
For Jake it's one unlucky situation after the next, but he always does his best to be a morraly just parent to the Medusa, holding off the craziest of demands while ensuring that she feels safe and loved. However, the fun doesn't end there.
Soon a host of monsters arrive to try to return Medusa home.
The smooth drawings, expressive characters, and spoiled antics of Medusa drew me towards this comic. This snake child really is a medusa, causing trouble wherever she goes from pure naivety or unrestrained selfishness. A very funny read.
The comic is surprisingly educational, revealing assumptions that we make on a daily bases such as what it means to give away "spoilers" and that what you see on television is not always real. Although it cannot be recommended as a parenting guide, it reveals much about what it means to be a family.
As for characters, I related well to the human characters Jake and Marah. Their love of all things considered nerdy (video gaming, Pokémon, role playing, and cosplaying) reminded me of my own dear friends.
An unlucky guy.
He takes pride in his video game collection. He does his best to seriously explain human concepts such as right and wrong, respect, and friendship to Medusa.
A gorgon child from the land of Yeld.
She has quite the attitude. When things don't go her way she will throw tantrums and destroy Jake's stuff. Her lack of knowledge about the human world leads her to unknowingly commit crime.
Jakes niece. A practical person.
Weird creatures don't bother her. She's always ready to show off her ability to logically solve any dispute or situation. A saviour in more ways than one, she mediates between Jake's strict parenting style and Medusa's crazy ideas.
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