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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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11/06/2008 Entry: "Graphic Novel Review: Pinky and Stinky"

Pinky and Stinky
Story and Art: James Kochalka
Published by Top Shelf Productions
ISBN-10: 1-891830-29-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-891830-29-7

Review by Kris


For those of you who grew up in homes without televisions, or those who are just too young, Pigs in Space was a bit on The Muppet Show. In my house The Muppet Show was not to be missed. I even watched it while it was in syndication. Jim Henson is looked upon like a God at my house. You're probably wondering "Why on Earth is she bringing up The Muppet Show while reviewing a book that has nothing to do with Jim Henson, the Muppets, etc?" Well, as you can see by the cover of Pinky and Stinky, they truly are Pigs in Space!

Pinky and Stinky is a whimsical look at the tale of the first two pig-stronauts. Pinky and Stinky have been chosen to be the first pigs to fly into space and travel to Pluto. During this momentous occasion Pinky and Stinky had many obstacles to overcome. First, they're pigs. Many humans didn't know how to respond to the fact that the government was spending large amounts of money on a program to send pigs to Pluto. Next they get stranded on the moon and have to deal with hostile astronauts and angry moon inhabitants. Finally they have to try and save the Moon Princess from the astronauts. Oy! Who knew that being a pig-stronaut was such hard work!

This is the first work of James Kochalka that I've read. It seems he's pretty popular with comic book fans. I found the art to be extremely endearing and you can't help but be captivated by the story. From the first moment I found myself drawn to Stinky. He's the true hero of the story. With his infectious optimism Stinky saves the day many times over. I loved how his positive attitude wore Pinky down and eventually one of the evil astronauts on the moon.

This is a book that anyone can enjoy. I even forced my mother to read it. Most of the stuff I review I don't give her to read (yaoi is definitely not up her alley), but I knew that she would enjoy Pinky and Stinky. There is a very positive message that regardless of who or what you are if you have a positive outlook and work hard, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. This message is especially important for those younger readers. The younger you start encouraging children, the more positive and capable kids will grow.

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