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Marcelo Braga plants familiar characters in slightly offbeat situations. Liara T'Soni plays Mass Effect while seated on the Iron Throne. A middle-aged Charlie Brown can't let go of Snoopy. The Hulk hits Batman with an Avengers cream pie and zombie Oompa Loompas walk the Earth. Braga's
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¢ AN ANTHOLOGY OF GRAPHIC FICTION, CARTOONS AND TRUE STORI
Just when you thought "Fraggle Rock" was going to be the last childhood property of the '80s to get a comic book revamp comes the announcement that the original Smurf comics are going to be reprinted in America for the first time in years.
Most American readers are probably more familiar with the cartoon version of the Smurfs, a merchandising juggernaut that saw everything from plastic figurines to theme park rides (anyone who grew up near King's Island likely has fond memories of their late, lamented Smurf boat ride), but the comics were a whole different matter. The first story to be reprinted, "The Purple Smurf," is an allegory about racism, and occasionally, the comics showed the friendly blue forest-dwellers engaging in activities that were downright un-smurfy. Stuff like, you know...
..or public execution of dissidents. Seriously.But as strange as that might seem, there were standards, which is why I've taken it upon myself today to unearth Ten Smurfs Who Didn't Make The Cut!
-- You've never seen Care Bears and Smurfs like this before -- a hilarious cartoon mashup of all your childhood favorites in some serious roles.
-- Artist Chris Giarrusso's got way more than "Mini Marvels" under his belt -- check out these classic comic book cover tributes in his Faceboo