Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle & Jason Adam Katzenstein
This is the camp of your worst nightmares. It's not the usual unpleasant stuff like homesickness, mosquito bites and camper pranks. This is a camp for monsters: those who appear in human form during the day but after midnight transform into their true selves. Hint: Think werewolves and basilisks.
You will get little sympathy from the camp staff. They are witches.
Meet Skye, the unlucky young lady who, much to her dismay, learns that her mother will out of the country for the summer. As a result she will be spending the entire vacation with dad and his new wife, a woman whom Skye detests.
Just when she thinks that things couldn't be worse she learns that she won't be staying with dad and step mom. Immediatley upon her arrival they ship her off to camp.
Skye is definitely not a "happy camper."
Seagle, creator of Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 has written Camp Midnight, a classic angst-filled comic detailing the life of a young girl feeling misunderstood and friendless. Not only caught in the throes of adjustments to a new family dynamic, she must also navigate the treacherous life of a summer camp inhabited by monsters.
This bizarre setting serves as a perfect backdrop to Skye's summer of self discovery.
New Yorker magazine cartoonist Katzenstein gives full rein to the drama of Skye's plight. The drawings, facial expressions and vivid color pallet perfectly capture what it's like to be a misunderstood tween.
The comic has a "larger than life" vibe, with characters and situations which are over-the-top. Readers will feel relieved when Skye's camp experience concludes happily. She gains a new best friend who happens to be a ghost and develops a romantic interest in a werewolf who is passing as a "hot" guy. Most important, she learns to accept herself for who she truly is.
All the drama of tweens and summer camp.
All the creepiness of monsters in the woods at midnight.
Great escapist fun!
Looking for another summer camp adventure filled with creepiness? Try Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks.
This is another terrific comic where after-dark weirdness runs rampant.