The Resource DeadEndia : the watcher's test, Hamish Steele

DeadEndia : the watcher's test, Hamish Steele

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DeadEndia : the watcher's test
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DeadEndia
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the watcher's test
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Hamish Steele
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  • Dead Endia : the watcher's test
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the watchers test
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eng
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"Barney needs a job and a place to live. Luckily, he finds both in Dead End, a theme park haunted house! Unfortunately, Dead End also serves as a portal to hell. Along with his best friend Norma and talking dog Pugsley, he must battle demonic party poopers, undead country singers and scariest of all: his love life"--Back cover
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  • Grades 8-11 /* Starred Review */ Norma and Barney work at Dead End, the least popular attraction at Pollywood, and while they don’t lead many tours of park-goers through the haunted house by day, at night, the cobwebbed rooms host actual demons from Hell. When they exorcise a demon king out of Barney’s dog, Pugsley, the pet retains some of the demon’s power. At first, it’s just the ability to talk, but later, Pugsley finds he can do much, much more. But can he keep it under control? Steele’s episodic story at first seems a bit scatterbrained—there’s romance, horror, adventure, slapstick comedy, even time ­travel—but all the components ultimately come together in a satisfying way. His rounded cartoon artwork, with thin black outlines and a sumptuous palette of bold colors (lots of moody purple and ectoplasmic green), and goggle-eyed characters with outsize expressions, might seem at first glance to just be a fluffy adventure, but Steele gives the story some meaningful weight too; Barney’s learning how to navigate romance as a trans man, and Norma’s dealing with some intense anxiety and crushing on her coworker, Badyah. Even Pugsley gets some hearty character development by the final pages, and his sweet story with Barney is a nice counterbalance to the frenetic, weird goings-on in the park. With a madcap pace, off-kilter jokes, and an LGBTQ cast, this is perfect for teens who love macabre humor and heartfelt friendship. -- Sarah Hunter (Reviewed 7/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 21, p39)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up—Steele's latest combines the first eight issues of his webcomic into a rollicking tale of the after-hours happenings in a theme park. Of all the attractions in Pollywood (a riff on Dollywood), Dead End is the least popular. So, in an attempt to spruce up the place, Norma (Dead End's 21-year-old tour guide) hires Barney as a janitor. But rather than draw in more human visitors, Dead End continues to entice the likes of demons, ghosts, and time-traveling wizards. When things get a little too strange, Norma, Barney, and Pugsley (Barney's pug) step in to take care of business. But can they also juggle their burgeoning love lives? More hilarious and heartfelt than chillingly macabre, the story is mostly linear, with a few jumps through time. Each chapter reads like a cartoon episode, with connected pieces that build upon one another but can also be savored individually. Between chapters, characters are further introduced via fun (and sometimes funny) get-to-know-you pages. The characters' queerness often intersects with other diverse identities: Norma is brown-skinned (possibly South Asian, based on textual clues), Badyah wears hijabs, and Barney is trans. Steele's gorgeous art relies on a rich, vibrant palette and exaggerated character design to create a memorable world that begs to be explored. VERDICT Hand this excellent work to readers eagerly awaiting the next installments of "Lumberjanes" and "The Backstagers."—Alec Chunn, Eugene Public Library, OR --Alec Chunn (Reviewed 08/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 8, p79)
  • Based on the Cartoon Hangover short “Dead End,” this quirky, heartwarming adventure by Steele (Pantheon) captures the awkwardness of early adulthood and the idiosyncrasies of power-hungry demons. Barney thought working with his friend Norma at a theme park’s haunted house, Dead End, would be fun (or at least provide him with temporary housing), but Norma failed to tell him that it comes with its own portal to hell. Along with Barney’s talking dog, Pugsley, and the other theme park employees, the duo must thwart the demons, angels, and deities emerging through the portal and keep the haunted house running. If Barney can survive long enough, he just may develop the courage to go on a successful date with Logs, the cute coworker who runs the log flume. A Steven Universe–like aesthetic and a full palette of bold, contrasting colors grace a diverse cast of characters (attendant pronouns specified), from trans haunted-house janitor Barney to hijabi carnival-attraction operator Badyah. Episodic first chapters weave together successfully as the story proceeds, creating a cathartic story arc for this series opener. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 06/25/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 26, p)
  • Trans teen Barney's new job solves one problem but creates a series of otherworldly challenges he did not see coming. Barney's friend Norma, a girl of South Asian descent who avoids connecting with people, helps him get a job as a janitor at Dead End, a theme park haunted house. Barney assures Norma that everything is fine at home, but once the park closes he looks around for a place to sleep. Barney and his dog, Pugsley, find out the hard way that the elevator in Dead End doubles as a portal to hell. Demons, ghosts, and angels from other planes arrive throughout the story, each with an agenda. Together, Barney and Norma (assisted by Pugsley) fight various beings while dealing with their emotions in the human realm. Norma confronts her social anxiety with the help of hijabi friend Badyah Hassan, and Barney navigates a potential romantic relationship with Logan Nguyen. The art is imaginative and engaging, with rich, evocative color schemes. With time travel, demonic possession, monsters, magic spells, and fights between creatures of pure sadness and pure happiness, there is never a dull moment—but in the realm of human emotion, there are relatable ones. Readers who aren't dizzied by the action or put off by the multiple levels of destruction will be intrigued. A wild ride. (Graphic novel. 13-18) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2018)
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Steele, Hamish
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the watcher's test
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DeadEndia : the watcher's test, Hamish Steele
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Contains slightly altered versions of issues 1-8 of the webcomic DeadEndia
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23 cm
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First edition.
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9781910620472
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color illustrations
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Label
DeadEndia : the watcher's test, Hamish Steele
Publication
Copyright
Note
Contains slightly altered versions of issues 1-8 of the webcomic DeadEndia
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
  • sti
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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1962824
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23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781910620472
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781910620472
  • (OCoLC)1006805911

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