Monday, February 15, 2021

Review of "Color Your Own Cerebus in Hell?," by Aardvark-Vanaheim

 Review of

Color Your Own Cerebus in Hell?, by Aardvark-Vanaheim

Five out of five stars

An adult coloring book and a parody of Christian purgatory

 While all people in adolescence and beyond can color in this book, it is clear that it is designed for people that aspire to create comic books and cartoons. It will take a fine and steady hand to color most components of these images, excellent training for the artist.

 The story itself features Cerebus the Aardvark in purgatory along with many classic philosophers engaged in debates over issues trivial and occasionally important. Socrates and Plato are identified by name. For example, there are two captions where Cerebus asks the philosophers “’sup, guys?” The response from a philosopher is, “We were just discussing the right to privacy versus the public’s right to be well-informed.” Cerebus then says, “For instance?”, and the philosopher’s response is, “High-resolution color photos of botched celebrity book jobs.”

Most of the images are from the depiction of purgatory throughout Christian history, so to understand the context of the comic as a parody, it is necessary to know something about the history of how the Christian purgatory has been depicted in ancient times. For all others, they can simply enjoy the challenge of difficult coloring tasks.

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