Press Release: New Cryptozoology Centered Graphic Novel Released - CryptoZooey
Written By: Steve Troop
"A girl. A quest. And the monsters that help her."
So begins CryptoZooey #1, the new all-ages comic book from Steve Troop, creator of the long-running Melonpool (www.melonpool.com).
Troop had intended to return to webcomics earlier this year with an entirely different comic strip about a kid who believes his father is a super hero-simply because his father keeps telling him that he is one. That project was scrapped, however, when Troop’s sketchbooks filled up with drawings of the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and other creatures, in lieu of a father masquerading as a caped vigilante.
The death of zoologist Steve ("The Crocodile Hunter") Irwin in 2006 contributed to the change. Irwin died after a stingray attack in 2006, leaving his daughter Bindi to take over his hosting responsibilities. Around this same time, The Waterhorse--a movie about the Loch Ness Monster--came out in theaters.
"I wondered what would have happened if Steve Irwin had been a cryptozoologist (a monster hunter) instead of a zoologist," explains Troop. "Maybe Bindi would have hosted a show about hunting monsters instead of animals. Once I started thinking along these lines, CryptoZooey practically wrote itself!"
CryptoZooey is a new comic book about a little girl who not only learns that her parents are the greatest monster hunters in the world-but that the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and other monsters are real! When her parents disappear, it’s up to Zooey and her monster friends to find them.
Steve Troop’s SciFi-comedy, Melonpool, premiered on the web in 1996 as one of the internet’s first webcomic series. Melonpool has spawned five books and accolades from Ray Bradbury (legendary scifi author of Farenheit 451), Greg Evans (creator of Luann), Mike Kunkel (creator of Hero Bear And The Kid) and Paul Feig (creator of Freaks And Geeks).
During his two year hiatus from cartooning Troop created short films, or "Quickcasts," with puppets he designed, built and performed based on his Melonpool characters for Kevin Smith’s Quickstop Entertainment (www.quickstopentertainment.com). This quickly led to an apprenticeship with Puppetown Productions (www.puppetownproductions.com), home of the designers, builders and puppeteers behind Crank Yankers, Saul Of The Mole Men and musician Beck’s 2006-2007 tour.
Each 24 page full-color comic of CryptoZooey will be released four times a year and retail for $5.00 US. As a bonus, each issue will feature the real legends and actual science behind cryptozoology. A black and white 12-page companion volume, Finding CryptoZooey, featuring sketches and behind-the scenes info on the creation of this exciting new series is also available.
Both books can be purchased through the CryptoZooey Store at www.cryptozooey.com !