Comic Collection Review: The Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Crossing Paths by Vince Dorse

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Once again we transverse down the ancient staircase, the dim illumination of torches flicker from the wall sconces casting macabre shadows that play and dance upon the rough walls cleaved by hand from the granite rock bed.  There are unknown sounds that echo through the tunnels as if originating from nowhere that only heighten the senses and feelings of fear as we proceed down into the bowels of the earth.  Far above the bountiful fields of sassafras, vanilla and fennel are long forgotten.  With unsure step, we trod upon the well worn stones feeling the pressure of gravity shift with every movement.  We persevere, because beneath us lies the greatest treasure in all the world.  At the end of our quest lies the Official Root Beer Party Comic Archives.

Today we look upon one of the Root Beer Party’s own.  Vince Dorse has been a long standing member of the Root Beer Party, one of the select few who have access and know about the secret society of the Root Beer Party.  Our mission is to collect and preserve the great works of sequential art, as well is the elixir of life itself, root beer.  Vince was brought into our fold due to his amazing talent and with help and encouragement from the Root Beer Party, Vince has released his first graphic novel, The Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Crossing Paths.  You can buy a copy here:  http://vincedorse.storenvy.com/

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The story is about the discovery and budding friendship between Bigfoot and his loyal friend, An abandoned dog named Scout.  Bigfoot is the last of his kind, and he leads a lonely existence.  We soon learn about his past as it is uncovered with almost cinematic precision by Dorse.  It is not surprising considering his plethora of awards from The National Cartoonist Society and the Slate Book review and Center for Cartoon Studies.

Vince really has created one of the modern day masterpieces of comic art with this series.  I would not be surprised to see this made into a film or a cartoon series in the near future.  The story is perfect for adaptation into that medium.  The growing friendship as well as the unfolding past history of a creature learning to adapt to being the last of it’s kind.

The comic does more than focus on the history of Bigfoot, it also goes into the history of the woodland in which he lives, as well as the humans who have transversed it for decades.  It really is about the crossing of paths.  The animals, the humans and even the environment all play a factor in this story of brotherhood in the wilderness.  A lonely dog and a lonely bigfoot find each other and find a unique friendship that undergoes all sorts of adventures and surprises.

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This comic has a lot going for it and I hope to see it continue for many years to come.  It is a story that needs to be told in the modern era.  When we strip away the modern conveniences of the world, all we are left with is the primitive notion of brotherhood and friendship the vast array of paths that we cross to achieve it.

Once again we return the volume to it’s shelf and reemerge in the world above.  The fields of fennel toss in unison as the winds flow along the fields releasing the scent of licorice into the air.  We look out from the ancient estate and marvel at the friendship and brotherhood which has brought the Root Beer Party together and kept it going for all these millennium’s.  It is a tale told endlessly through the ages and it gets better with each retelling.  So until next time True Believers, May your mug always be frosted and your root beer always foamy.  

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