I picked up the first volume of I Hate Fairyland back at C2E2 on a friend’s recommendation. Right away the cover, and then the interior art, caught my eye. The mayhem and humor I was told to expect was evident right away in Young’s pencils and Beaulieu’s colors. The book follows Gert, a bitter and angry thirty-six year old woman trapped in the body of a child. At the age of six Gert wished she could visit a magical land of fairies and talking animals, and she got her wish. She’s been stuck there, ageless and undying, for far too long.
The production quality of the book is great in terms of art, colors and inks. It’s like the sweetest, most twisted Disney character threw up the most brilliant syrupy nightmares onto the page and let us take a look. Scottie Young’s writing is fantastic, but his art is the first thing that pulls you in. It’s about 75% cute and 25% twisting your childhood images all into a demented knot. Can a talking mushroom bleed? Yes, and it looks like strawberry jam. Is the moon made of cheese? Nope, if you shoot it with a cannon it’s full of brains, viscera, and so on.
Young’s art is amazing, but the colors brought to the page by Jean-Francois Beaulieu are just as important. Without the sugary sweet, frosting coated scenery of this world the story wouldn’t be nearly as good. The book appears as if a demented child spilled every single color available onto the page and they all wound up in just the right place. It was a pleasure just flipping through the pages and taking in all the whimsical and twisted glory.
The story is a treat. Gert wishes with all her heart she can visit a place like her wildest little girl dreams. She gets her wish, and then some. When she realizes she’s not in her world the young girl understandably wants to go home. All she has to do is find a key to unlock the door. Thirty-six years later she’s still in her little girl body, but with a bitter, frustrated, and stressed out woman’s mind. She’s had enough of the whip cream coated land of talking animals and fairy queens. Her quest has turned into thirty six years of rampaging and murdering her way across Fairyland desperately looking for a way out. Why don’t they stop her? Well, she’s a guest and that protects her as long as she’s the only one from the outside.
This book is chaos and mayhem all wrapped up in a little bow. I enjoyed it quite a bit and will absolutely be picking up more of the series. This series is not for kids, if that wasn’t obvious from the cover but it is relatively tame enough to be enjoyed by anyone who likes a messed up tale. There are three trade paperbacks to pick up, and a hard back edition if you’re so inclined. It’s well worth a read, check it out.