Timmy Lala’s Ice Cream
Writer: Bradley Golden
Penciler: Audrey Lunatik
Inker and Colors: Mickey Clausen
Letterer and Designer: Hector Negrete
Cover: Helmut Rancho
Variant Cover: Oscar Pinto
Publisher: Second Sight Studios
Sold by: IndyPlanet
Release Date: October 8, 2018
One of coolest things about writing for Pulp Nation is once in a while creators reach out to you hoping you’ll take a look at their comic.
I’m always open to taking a look at what people create. Not going to lie, It’s pretty neat seeing what people come up with before they release it.
Bradley Golden’s Timmy Lala’s Ice Cream is one such example. This past July, Golden and his team completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for the one-shot comic raising $2733 (of a $2500 goal). He reached out and I gladly agreed to take a look.
Thomas Wright: Not Your Average Ice Cream Man
For many years, Thomas Wright has brought joy to children; he’s the local ice cream man. When kids hear the music of his ice cream truck and the kids—and naturally, their walking ATMs (or parents, if you prefer)—come running.
Wright sells the usual fare, but is especially proud of his homemade stock. Since this is a horror book, you’ve probably already guessed what his secret ingredient is, but I never spoil anything so you’ll have to read the book to find out!
No Surprise: It’s the Journey, Not the Destination
Bradley Golden isn’t trying to surprise you; you know what’s going to happen. But, that’s not the point. In speaking with Golden, he said:
In this book you know what’s going to happen, but the journey is more scary then the destination
The story provides subtle clues as to the ending but until you’ve finished reading, you don’t know for sure. And, I’ll tell you it’s worth reading to the ending.
Timmy Lala’s Ice Cream is presented as a one-shot but it feels like an introduction to a larger story. When I finished reading, I wanted more. Not more blood or gore—and there’s not that much to begin with; that’s not what this story is about. I had many questions. Questions such as how long has he been doing what he does, does he ever get caught, and because I enjoy closure, does he pay the price for his deeds?
Golden’s script feels like the tiniest taste of a larger buffet.
Timmy Lala’s Ice Cream: Night and Day
As the story opens you’re greeted with nice, but not too bright colors of a local neighborhood in Miami, Florida. Mickey Clausen’s muted color scheme suit the scene well and it feels like a street any one of us would have grown up on.
When Wright is introduced for the first time, you know he’s there’s something about the ice cream man that doesn’t sit right. With subtle linework Audrey Lunatik shows your regular ice cream man but with a few sharp angles around the eyes, you’ve got evil-personified.
As the scene changes from neighborhood street to Wright’s home the colors change from muted and light to dark, grimy, and sinister. And the look of Thomas Wright—in his preferred working space of dimly lit room, there’s no doubt selling ice cream is secondary to what he truly loves.
The artwork is subtle; nothing really comes out and grabs you but it forces you to focus on the important things.
Timmy Lala’s Ice Cream: Final Thoughts
I’m not really a horror fan, and while Timmy Lala’s Ice Cream is a horror comic, it’s more story driven than most.
And that’s why I would like to see more. I look forward to more from the demented mind of Bradley Golden.
Timmy Lala’s Ice Cream is currently shipping out to Kickstarter backers. It will be available for sale at IndyPlanet on October 8, 2018.
Bradley Golden provided Pulp Nation with a free copy for review.