Review: Wookiee The Chew: The House at Chew Corner
If you are not familiar with the works of James Hance already, let me introduce you. James' wonderful art takes pop culture icons and mashes them together with other characters and situations that will surely be recognized. Boba Fett mashed with The Fonz? Check! Doctor Who and Calvin and Hobbes? Yes, please! The Goonies in Sergeant Pepper?! What?! Each of his masterfully created works of art meticulously stay true to the source material, and will be sure to pull at heart strings of every Geek Mom, Dad and would-be Geek in training.
A few years ago James decided to create a comic sized all ages book based on one of those same works of art, Wookiee the Chew. This series of prints blended A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh with George Lucus' Star Wars to create some truly original and nostalgic images.
Chapter 1 of this planned trilogy is titled "The House at Chew Corner." The story takes us on the adventure of Wookiee the Chew and his sidekick Droidlet as they seek to find something to eat. Along the way we are treated to a Milne-esque story intertwined with James' wonderful Lucus inspired art and characters. Will our adventurer's quench Chew's insatiable appetite for bobaberries and escape the swarms of flyfighters? I'll leave that for you to discover yourself with each smile inducing page turn.
Overall this is a great all ages story; it's more book than comic book, but an awesome introduction to these two pop culture staples for any age. When this first came out I immediately bought enough copies to give each of my kids and all of my then and future nieces and nephews. I had thought they had all been given away or lost, but I was happy to find a copy tucked away on my son's shelf (bagged and boarded of course...) and finally get to read this story and enjoyed every minute of it. With the industry not paying much attention to younger readers, this is a true gem that should not be missed.
This book and James Hance's other works of art can be found at his website http://www.jameshance.com.