Written by: Mike Sambrook @Rapiaghi
Art by: Rosie Packwood @Pocketm0use
Colours by: Alexa Renee @Monstalexa
Letters by: Rob Jones @Robjoneswrites
Published by: Madius Comics @Madiuscomics
“Bun follows the tale of a giant rabbit trying to make his way in a strange and confusing world. An ugly ducking story overflowing with colourful characters, surprising twists n’ turns and a whole lot of heart.
Bun never quite fit in with his family, probably because he’s about ten times larger than the rest of them. Feeling like an outcast and as though he didn’t belong, he heads to the city to try and find his purpose in life. Things don’t exactly go smoothly for him. Follow this poor old Bun’s journey into a city that’s bright, loud and very very confusing. He’s going to need all the help he can get!”
All ages comics are hard to pull off. A lot of the time they try to be something for everyone and end up being something for no one. Neither a comic for kids or a comic for adults. Done properly they are one of my favourite types of comics because comics are and should be for everyone.
With The Incredible Bun Madius Comics have manged to capture lightning in a bottle.
Mike Sambrook has ducked and weaved away from his usual writing partner Rob Jones to script this book and just proves that he can more than hold is own. The story is sweet and engaging with real heart. The opening sequence with it’s ugly duckling-esque tones really got to me. Likewise, when Bun is trying to communicate his desire to travel on the train with a drawing and then takes it with him, this clever writing really made me root for the character.
I love the fact that the story uses dogs as villains. It’s fairly unusual approach in anthropomorphic stories to use them as the bad guys but it really works here.
Rosie Packwood’s style of art really works in this book. Her depiction of Bun in particular carries it exceptionally well. The story needs you feel sympathy and affinity with the titular rabbit and she installs a innate likeability in the cuteness of the character design. Those eyebrows are a masterstroke. Her backgrounds are particularly detailed for an all ages book, on every subsequent read I see more and more in them. The layouts are excellent especially in the fight scenes, the panel design bringing a real sense of movement and dynamism.
I have to give all due credit to Alex Renee’s colours In The Incredible Bun. The pastel colour palette chosen really works so well here. It brings real emotional weight and tone to the story. Little things like the lighting effects in the boxing ring scenes really take it to the next level.
Rob Jones does a really good job on the lettering here as usual for Madius. In a aspect of the book that can either make a comic or break it Jones is always a safe pairs of hands. Little touches like the change of fonts for P.A. system announcements really help set the scene. Sparing use of SFX means when it is used here it has more impact.
Overall the design and quality of the printed book is excellent, great quality paper and the highest possible print quality.
Madius have come out swinging with this tale of the reluctant Rocky Balboa of the rabbit world. Sweet, exciting and exceptionally well crafted. I can’t wait for the next one.
The Incredible Bun is being launched at the 2018 Leeds Thoughtbubble convention and will be available to buy online both physically and digitally in due course.