Tristan the Cuddly Defenders Anthology Comic – Out of the Attic #1 – $4.99
By Nick Davis, Dan Nokes, Scott Markley, Keir Knikia Lyles and Josh Lyman
Adventure Ahead! Tristan the Teddy Bear and his friends the Cuddly Defenders adventures continue in the world of wonder in this 28 page full color anthology comic. This book is packed full of Teddy Bear action as Tristan and his friends foil the evil schemes of the Monsters under the Bed.
This Cuddly Comic Anthology has five stories based on the Teddy Bear Tales, that explore this world of wonder in greater detail than ever before.
• The Great Reality Wall by Nick Davis, Art by Dan Nokes – the Great Reality Wall has a crack in it and Tristan and the Cuddly Defenders and must stop an old enemy from passing through this crack between worlds.
• Forrest & Scout by Scott Markley, Art by Keir Knikia Lyles – two new Cuddly Toys Forrest & Scout enter the World of Wonder to hunt the Monster of the Month unleashed by Miss Fluffykins.
• The Great Hill Race by Nick Davis, Art by Dan Nokes – Wilma Bunny enters the Annual Great Hill Race, but one of the Racers isn’t who they seem to be.
• Helping Hand by Nick Davis, Art by Keir Knikia Lyles – the debut of Artie a fan-created Cuddly Defender who guards his child’s treasure.
• The Menace of Mech-A-Nor by Dan Nokes – the residents of Second Chance are menaced by the rampaging Mech-A-Nor and the most reluctant of Cuddly Defenders Fernando must figure out how to stop it.
Out Of The Attic #1 was made possible by crowd sourcing on Kickstarter, where it earned 110% of its funding allowing Nick Davis to employ two artists, and a new writer to help bring the Teddy Bear Tales world alive.
The Teddy Bear Tales
The comic book is based off the popular illustrated story by Nick Davis called The Teddy Bear Tales, featuring Tristan the Teddy Bear struggling to protect his child from the Monsters under the bed.
If you know me at all, you know that I have a serious soft spot for teddy bears. My love affair began as a child when I was first introduced to Winnie the Pooh and then Paddington and has continued on to this day. As a matter of fact, I have a teddy bear that almost always travels with me. He can be rather shy though so not many have had the opportunity to meet him. What does any of this have to do with anything? Well, if you read the first section, you know that this is a book all about teddy bears! Duh!
It’s not often that I scoop a comic up out of our inbox and keep it for myself, but with my love of teddy bears, how could I not? Honest to goodness, I am so glad that I did. These stories kept my little girl heart happy for the entire time I was flipping through the pages. I can’t believe I’m going to admit this, but this comic kept me up past my bedtime. I had all these good intentions of going to sleep and then I saw this and I had to open it. I was just going to open it though, to remind myself to read it this morning..but then I read the first page…and the second page…I bet you see where this is going and you would be totally right. I read the entire thing and due to the nature of the comic, I was left wondering why I didn’t have issue #2 yet. (The answer to that is simple. It’s not done yet.) So, now that I’ve confessed that a children’s comic kept me up and I’m not even slightly embarassed by that fact, let’s get down to details.
The Good: Writing, writing, writing. The stories are super fun and perfect for an all ages comic. In a few years, I can see my boys introducing their baby brother to this series and all three of them enjoying the stories. They honest to goodness held my attention and had me smiling, frowning, and cheering throughout. Any story that can evoke emotion is a good one and this book had five of them. Not to be completely outdone by the writing is the art. I especially enjoyed Keir Knikia Lyles’ art style. It reminded me a bit of coloring books which is another one of my secret loves. The coloring was bold and saturated and each image popped from the page.
The Bad: While the story telling is fantastic, this book is in need of a proofreader. As an editor, little mistakes that perhaps nobody else would notice tend to jump out at me and as I read through the stories, I caught quite a few of these. They’re probably not enough to take away from the story for a younger audience, but an older one may be bothered by them.
The Summary: All in all, this is a fantastic book that I’m going to look forward to telling a lot of people about. Even though I have this in digital format, I have every intention of buying a print copy for my shelf. The stories in it aren’t the type that are going to fade out of style, but are going to become classics among children and those who love teddy bears and I don’t want to miss out on any of the fun or the excitement.
If you want to check out this book, or any of the others in The Teddy Bear Tales series, head on over to the Teddy Bear Tales page or to the Cuddly Defenders store! Seriously…you should…I just discovered that issue #2 is available for pre-order!