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  • 09/2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-9907398-0-7
  • 154 pages
  • $19.00
Goshena: Queen of the Big In-Betweena
Chuck Bright, author

Adult; Comics/Graphic Novels; (Publish)

Goshena: Queen of the Big In-Betweena addresses questions of death and the afterlife with jest and satire, proposing alternative views on a subject that is often taboo. This surrealistic story features Goshena, hired to greet the newly deceased. Volatile and unpredictable, she has no qualms about throwing dissident arrivals to Jingles, her giant soul-eating frog. Goshena’s most recent assignment is to welcome Soul #24 (the number inscribed on his morgue drawer), a recalcitrant soul who refuses to accept that he has died and has reasons to return to the Living. But can he or must he go home with Goshena and Jingles? Or … will he pass his death quiz and move toward the Light.
Reviews
In Greek mythology, Charon is the silent ferryman who transports the souls of the dead, an archetypal figure that represents the transition into the afterlife. In this graphic novel, Goshena is this figure of transition, except she’s loud and brash and threatens argumentative souls with being eaten by her pet frog, Jingles. Goshena meets her match when she encounters Soul #24, named for the number on his morgue drawer, because he can’t stop asking questions about why he’s there. Seemingly without any memory of who he is, or was, #24 seeks explanation from the world of the dead, even as he continues to overhear conversations from the land of the living. What makes the narrative engaging is not simply the premise, but how consistently artist Burdock’s surrealist canvas revels in the amusing meditations on death and the afterlife that author Bright offers. As a character, Goshena is an experience—one that readers should find themselves thoroughly enjoying. (BookLife)
Publisher

“Goshena: Queen of the Big In-Betweena is graphic novelist Chuck Bright’s vivid foray into the brash, vibrant world of Goshena New Paris, a life-after-death self-appointed Queen Solomon of souls. With a singular voice and a thoroughly engaging point of view, Chuck has created a surreal universe where heaven, hell, and purgatory collide.”

—Diana Ossana, Screenwriter/Producer, Brokeback Mountain

Publisher

“Chuck Bright gives new meaning to deadpan humor in this most surreal of not-so-life journeys. If you end up loving Goshena, which you will, make sure you don't bring her home to mother."

—Tarek Shahin, author of Rise and the Al Khan series

Publisher

"Author Chuck Bright gives us an unforgettable character in Goshena, who you will be thinking about and giggling over long after you're done reading. Maureen Burdock's illustrations perfectly capture the world Bright has created, a world that like the book's protagonist, you'll be sad to leave when you reach the last page."

—Jennie Wood, author of Flutter and A Boy Like Me

 

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 09/2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-9907398-0-7
  • 154 pages
  • $19.00

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