Zine Review: Two-Timing Dog

Two-Timing Dog: Transylvania Bible #3
16 pages
M.J. Ocasio & Monstark
http://mjocasio.com/
https://www.monstark.com/

Two-Timing Dog: Transylvania Bible #3 is a 7cm x 10.7cm black and white comic about a tragic couple dealing with supernatural forces.

My completionist heart wanted to wait to see if I could find the second comic in this series, but my curious soul overruled and I jumped right into this instalment of the Transylvania Bible series.

Two-Timing Dog opens with a ‘gorgeous in its simplicity’ inside cover with information about the two creators. (Links type of information to be found on the back inside cover.) On page one, we are introduced to a familiar scene of sitting across the table from someone. But it’s immediately clear that all is not well with the argumentative words and throwing of a dish. The story then plays on reader expectations, seeming to lead you down one road with the argument at hand only to reveal something much darker and sinister beneath it all.

Like with The Puss and the Shade (review here), you may be able to tell that I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I will say that, as a writer as well as a reader, I loved the play on words – despite how it all ended. Wow. I suspected something along the lines of how it did end, but I ended up surprised just the same.

Also like the first of the series, this zine is beautifully presented. The cover is a shiny metallic grey, the paper inside feels gorgeous and textured, and the art is as magnificent and haunting as always. It’s a small zine, so I appreciate that the creators manage to balance detailed art and storytelling without the comic panels feeling too crammed or otherwise overwhelming.

I’ve been a fan of horror since I was a little girl, so this is definitely my kind of comic zine. I really want to get my hands on the second one and hope that this series is a long running one. I think this and this series is a must have for anyone who appreciates horror – especially horror in comics and short stories.

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