INDIE BOOK SPOTLIGHT:
LIFE'S A BEACH
|Northeast Comic Con variant cover featuring Gary Sohmers, (The Big Cheese of Northeast Comic Con).|
WRITTEN BY: MIKE LOPEZ AND GARY ECKERSON
ART BY: GARY ECKERSON
PUBLISHED BY: E & L COMICS
Sometimes comic books just need to be fun. Don't get me wrong, I always enjoy a great intricate murder mystery or a chilling horror read with twists and turns, but when the mood calls for something a little lighter, outrageously fun books such as, Life's a Beach by Mike Lopez and Gary Eckerson are just what the doctor ordered. This goofy coming-of-age tale follows a group of teenagers named Dean, Snugs and Lana through a Summer of sun, surfing and beach-wide eye candy. In the essence of Archie Comics, this story provides a great coming-of-age aspect in regards to the group of teens and their insatiable attraction to the opposite sex, slapstick humor provided by the clumsy friend Snugs and an excellent story line about the one Summer that was going to be different from the rest.
The story starts out with a big party and bonfire at Moondoggies to kick off the Summer fun. When Dean and Snugs get to Moondoggies, their heads are on a swivel, checking out all the pretty girls. Snugs, looking to get hugs from the hot chicks, is not paying attention to where he is going and bumps right into the "bully of the beach," "The Cool!" The Cool is about ready to flatten Snugs until Frankie, the owner of Moondoggies, breaks it up. However, when Lana asks Snugs to dance with her, he crashes into a table and spills drinks all over The Cool, instigating trouble with him once again. It's quite hilarious watching The Cool chase Snugs all over the beach! Then, when the new girl, Roxy, moves to the beach from New York City, Dean and Snugs immediately swoon over her. Will Roxy be the girl that makes Dean's Summer a special one? I for one cannot wait to find out in issue two!
Life's a Beach has big laughs for everyone. Each character has his or her own personality traits and individual style. Also, the artwork done by Gary Eckerson is outstanding and captures the essence of Archie Comics just enough to provide a hint of nostalgia for readers. If you're looking for a fun, coming-of-age comedy featuring some of the most entertaining beach bums I have seen in comic book panels, then grab your spot in the sun, kick off your flip flops and pick up Life's a Beach!
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