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Cryptid Club: 12/15/22

Cryptid Club

Cryptid Club by Sarah Andersen (2021) is a collection of single page (two to five panel) comics involving socially awkward paranormal creatures. The humor is similar to her Sarah Scribbles series but with those hard to photograph urban legends and well known horror monsters.

The cryptids featured include bigfoot, chupacabra, the classic ghost, cthulhu, extraterrestrials, the Flatswood monster, the Fresno nightcrawlers, jackalope, kraken, the Loch Ness monster, mothman, siren, siren head, the sleep paralysis demon, and slender man. The situations these creatures find themselves in is similar to the awkwardness of What We Do in the Shadows. They are all still monsters, but they're not always "on."

One of my favorite pages involves a pair of ghosts encountering the Flatswood monster. They're clearly frightened by the chance meeting and stammer out a compliment, "Uh, I like your dress." The monster replies happily, "It has pockets."

Another favorite has the classic set up. It's a quiet sea. No land in sight. The panels list off some facts about the ocean, ending with the question, "What goes on down here in the dark, dark deep?" The punchline is a panel showing the kraken wearing headphones with the label, "vibing."

Five stars

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