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Misfit City Volume 1: 06/20/19

Misfit City Volume 1

Misfit City Volume 1 by Kirsten Smith is the first of a two volumes that cover the hunt for treasure. The book is set in a fictional reimagining of Astoria, Oregon — the location where The Goonies was filmed. Cannon Cove has it's own cult movie from the 1980s, The Gloomies and a museum dedicated to it (with some actual local history thrown in).

There is also a real life Cannon Beach 24 miles south south west of Astoria. Landscape and town features borrow from both cities to make something new.

Wilder while giving yet another tour of the museum finds a pirate map in a recently donated writing desk. She rounds up her friends to try to track down the treasure.

The journey takes her to the estate of a recently departed town legend. It also takes them through town and out to the Tilamook lands along the coast.

As a Goonies fan and a semi frequent visitor of Oregon, I found this book engaging and hilarious from start to finish. The landscape and landmarks are recognizable. The weird love/hate relationship between the fans and the town is there. But there is also this added haunted gloom that reminds me of Crystal Cove from Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-2013).

This comic fits into the road narrative spectrum at 66CCFF. The main characters as teens are marginalized (66). They are limited in what they can do and when they can do it.

The destination is uhoria (CC) for a number of reasons. First there is the town's pirate history which now has come to light via the newly found map. Next there is the town's tourist industry based around a thirty year old film. Finally there is a literal ghost who is guarding the treasure.

The route to uhoria — to where the treasure is believed to be hidden — is via the cornfield (FF), or more properly speaking a tkaronto (border between tress and water). It's no mistake that the route lies in Tilamook land.

Five stars

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