Here’s a lovely little something for you dudes today. Instead of a song, I’ve got a journey for you all to take.
But first, a question: Just how bored would you have to be to seek adventure by crawling into your toilet?
My answer would probably be somewhere in the neighborhood of “I’m never getting that bored.” Mostly because I have no doubt I’d never make it past the first turn.
That’s not a problem if you’re in a cartoon, of course. Which is the case with our protagonist in “The Long Journey,” a wonderful graphic story the Bouletcorp website. Not only is the journey long, but it’s astoundingly, amazingly awesome. It’s funny, awe-inspiring and just-plain beautiful.
Written and drawn in an engaging eight-bit, pixelated style by Boulet, a French artist who lives in Paris, “The Long Journey” takes full advantage of the infinite canvas offered by posting a comic on the web.
Instead of pages, the story simply scrolls down and down and down, as we crawl through tunnels, hang over seemingly infinite abysses and meet the most astounding life forms ever imagined.
Several times I found myself staring slack-jawed at the screen as Boulet managed yet another amazing transition from one scene to another in a way that, only minutes before, I would have said was impossible.
Even better, “The Long Journey” is a G to PG rated adventure, with no objectionable words or situations, save for a couple of sections that might have some religious folks getting a bit uptight. Still, even that is more on the level of debate, rather than diatribe, so it’s a good family read.
If you’ve got a good half hour or so, give this a chance. Sit down and enjoy the endless possibilities a fantastic artist can find when he puts his mind to discovering the new.
Good stuff, dudes. Good stuff.