2011 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Series
Winner, Prix special du Jury (Jury Prize), 2010 Festival International de la Bande Desinée d'Angoulême
Named one of "The Best Damn Comics of 2010 Chosen by the Artists" by Eric Haven at The Daily Cross Hatch
Ranked #42 on Rob Clough's Top 50 Books of 2010 at High-Low
One day Millennium Boy decided to grab his hobo stick, his bandanna, and his Swiss Army knife, bid his mom goodbye, and head off on a quest for adventure. Joined by his best friend Steve (weapon: baseball bat; clothing: wife beater, cargo pants and sandals), they soon find themselves in a violent altercation with two other adventure seekers. It ends badly for their antagonists (Whoa, check it out, dude! You actually knocked this dudes brain right out of his cranium!) and Millennium Boy and Steve become the proud owners of fancy weapons upgrades (a crowbar and a steel chain). So on they trek, and the next inductee to their group is the muscle-bound Lash Penis.
And then things start getting weird!
Readers of 2009s Red Monkey Double Happiness Book will recognize Joe Dalys delightfully unique stoner/philosopher dialogue and distinctive character designs, but the hilarious over-the-top Role Playing Game action (complete with periodic updates for each characters status in ten criteria, including dexterity, intelligence, and money) propel this new story into a heretofore unachieved action-comedy realm. By the end of this book (the first chapter of a projected four-part epic), the trio has been joined by Nerdgirl the Archer, Lash Penis has nearly had his arm cut off, theyve acquired a whole new nifty bag of tricks, and the menaces have become increasingly surreal and lethal. Where will it end?
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"Dalys parody of the trek adventure the template for ripping yarns from King Solomons Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games is a kind of slackers SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd... [and] magnetically amusing." Ray Olson, Booklist
"...I had more fun reading this book than just about any other comic I’ve read so far this year. ... There’s a sort of Hergé-like mechanical perfection to his artwork; not only is it super-clean and super-crisp, but the panel-to-panel consistency is so strong that his characters sometimes don’t look drawn so much as stamped out by some sort of automatic drawing machine. ... Steve and Millennium Boy are funny — sometimes on purpose, sometimes not — and it’s a pleasure to walk around with them. ... I haven’t played an RPG since I was a teenager, but I think I’d play a Dungeon Quest one in a heartbeat." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Newsarama
Praise for Joe Dalys previous books, Scrublands and The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book:
"Working... in a comic realist mode reminiscent of, say, the old TV series The Rockford Files (Dalys Cape Town looks a lot like shorefront Southern California), Daly couldnt be any more entertaining. His visual-narrative skills are impeccable, his ear for naturally funny dialogue nothing short of astounding." – Ray Olson, Booklist
"Joe Daly's cartoon style is great, and the colors work especially well in this book, containing two entertaining and humorous stories. Fun and goofy reading, that hints at a little more but is content to joke around as it pleases." – Jeffrey Brown
South African cartoonist Joe Daly seems to have internalized the full history of alternative comix, and in his story collection Scrublands, he produces archly funny, unsettling surreal pages that recall R. Crumb, Dan Clowes, and Jim Woodring. – The Onion