Sunday, September 7, 2014

TIFF Inspirations: The Graphic Novel

The Graphic Novel*

Midnight Madness
USA, 2014
World Premiere
92 minutes - Colour
Cast: Adam Crosby, Katie Sawatsky

Comic store clerk Otis Millar has risen from obscurity to phenom practically overnight. His continuing adventures of The Grave Digger for Epic Comix have not only revitalized a declining comic industry but spawned a multi-million dollar movie deal. With all this sudden success, it's a wonder to those around him why he's constantly hostile and paranoid.

Maybe it would shed some light if everyone knew that he had something to do with Grave Digger creator Donny Dyson's disappearance several months prior. Needless to say, Otis' gravy train would end if the world discovered that a battered Dyson was really churning out new Grave Digger tales while chained in his basement. On top of that, it's a good thing that Otis doesn't know that his goth-girlfriend Maggie is secretly having an affair with his profitable captive. It's enough to send any sociopath off the deep end.

The Graphic Novel is a dark-comedy that's more dark than comedy and is sure to please the not-so squismish.

* This is my tribute to the Toronto International Film Festival. It is not a real film.

Click here to see last year's TIFF Inspirations.

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