Hilarious, frightening, mysterious, adorable, and utterly bleak, Chocolate Cheeks has arrived to disgust and delight comic book readers of all ages. “Sweet” Chubby Cheeks and the Pullapart Boy (a 21st Century child of Frankenstein’s monster) are driving each other key-razy! Forced together by their dating parents, these two bitter enemies have alienated – or otherwise disposed of – most of their social circle, leaving them with plenty of quality time for each other. They go camping, start a business, form a band, join a team, try to make some new friends and engage in a “holy war.”
Things go from worse to worst, though, when the two boys find a cat – or is it a bird??? – one hot, summer day. Blending such influences as Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Universal Monsters, Hal Roach’s The Little Rascals and the noir stylings of Jim Thompson – Steven Weissman has created a unique, personal world replete with superior content and major drawing chops to that of the typical, humdrum comic book fare. His work is a treasure to our industry. Think Archie with fangs... or Little Lulu with blood and guts and existential dread. BOO!
Fantagraphics, paperback, 120 pages, published December 2009