Pascalle Lepas. Wilde Life. Kickstarter. 2016. ISBN 9780997524802 150 pp. $25
Wilde Life (Volume #1) is a paranormal graphic novel set in the Midwest that may appeal to fans of Stranger Things. It follows the supernatural adventures of Oscar, a man on a mission to get out of town, who lands in a place where weird things happen. Never trust a cheap rental found on Craigslist: his house is haunted by an attractive ghost, a talking bear is less than impressed with his presence, and he befriends a local teenage punk who happens to be a werewolf.
The art is just gorgeous. Perspectives vary, the play of light on the page is often beautiful, and faces are expressive, with figures well proportioned. The writing is solid, the characters are interesting, the story is compelling, and the pacing phenomenal. An Easter Egg: in the online version, a mouseover reveals a clever tagline for each page, lending humor, insight or foreshadowing.
Told via a release of 3 pages a week (Wilde Life updates on a Mon-Wed-Fri schedule), there is a cohesive arc that makes it clear storyteller/artist has a sense of where things are going as the reader is left in suspense as to what will happen next.
Only one volume has been bound thus far; Wilde Life is a great webcomic that transcends well to the page.