When Billy Fog takes off his glasses, he’s able to see a darker world that nobody else can see, full of ghosts and monsters. Full of short comic strip-like snippets, illustrated guides and various other story-telling styles, Billy Fog Volume 1 reads like a bizarre scrapbook of death.
The artwork in this is extremely detailed and intricate and the subject matter is certainly interesting. Each segment told a story about a ghostly character that Billy sees. At least that’s what I’m assuming because for the most part I couldn’t clearly tell what was going on. The font of the script is very small and angular making it hard to read on my electronic copy, but I can’t imagine it being that much better in print.
I admittedly only got through about half of the book before I found it really repetitive. Adding on the fact that I found it difficult to read, I just wasn’t enjoying it. That’s not to say I didn’t appreciate the artwork because the illustrations and the variety of compositions is what I did really like about it. I loved the scrapbook feel to it, with “newspaper articles”, illustrated creature guides, and short comic strip stories. I just started to feel like it was becoming the same thing, one chapter after another.
It is, however, very imaginative and the artist is very talented. Billy Fog reminded me of Lemony Snicket or Douglas Coupland’s Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People. A macabre read that’s definitely not for young children, despite the cute-ish look of Billy on the cover.