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Louis: Red Letter Day (vol. 1)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Metaphrog
Publisher: Metaphrog


I'm sure you remember Curious George, that cute little monkey who's curiosity would always get him in and out of trouble as he turned the simplest of tasks into the most wonderful of adventures.


Now take that little guy and place him inside The Village, the Orwellian setting of Patrick McGoohan's cult classic, The Prisoner, and you've got LOUIS, an intriguing children's world from the minds of Metaphrog.

Louis is a rotund little fellow with a round head and a button nose that lives in a strange hamlet where Mysterious parties monitor everyone. He toils all day on weird machines, and plays with a clockwork bird. He dreams of adventure and a life beyond the daily tedium of the village. When he expresses himself in the form of letters and begins to receive replies, are they the key to escape or simply another machination of his wardens?

Metaphrog, the creators of LOUIS, are actually a duo hailing from Scotland that broke into comics with a number of very sophisticated and surreal thrillers. LOUIS is their first foray into children's books and they've been able to successfully translate that strange energy to something equally inspirational as it is fascinating. Equipped with its vibrant art and painted colors, LOUIS is truly a special book, something that should be simply seen to be believed.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.


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