In this saturated market, it’s easy to miss the little gems out there.
One diamond you probably haven’t noticed in a vast sea of rough is BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC (“Renegade Psychic. Professional Hairstylist.”), a digital-first series published by Colorado-based newcomer Warehouse 9 Productions, Ltd. in 2015.
The ad copy puts the hilarious, high-as-they-come concept as well as anyone could: “Bob Holbreck would rather use his mad hairstyling skills to make the world look a little sexier than use his awesome psychic powers to make it a lot safer. Too bad his great Gramps won’t take no for an answer…”
Here are eight (illustrated!) reasons why BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC is worth your time.
1. BOB’s part of that too-rare gem of a genre, the paranormal-comedy-horror comic CHEW just ended, and there’s only one GHOSTBUSTERS. BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC is serving an under-represented audience right now. If you’re a member of it and didn’t know about BOB, well, now ya know.
2. Everyone who reads it seems to really like it. Indie comics don’t make much of a splash – but you can tell a lot from the ripples they do make. And the series has received unanimously high reviews, averaging no less than 4 stars out of 5.
3. BOB isn’t just an independent comic – it’s a book about independence. Bob Holbreck’s attempt to join the Psychic Union in BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC # 0 is a story his creator Lance Lucero originally thought up as commentary on his fights with the gatekeepers of the entertainment world, but any person whose clear ability has been denied for paper-related reasons will dig the central theme of this book.
4. It’s an indie book, but everything about it is pro. Yeah, we all like the idea of supporting the little guys in comics, but not to the extent that we’re ready to spend our hard-earned cash on sub-par work. The production values of BOB are as good as any you’ll find, though, thanks to artist extraordinario Francisco Resendiz and the designer’s eye of Lance Lucero.
5. For a book about a psychic hairstylist, BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC is bizarrely well-researched. Lance Lucero lives in fear of a reader informing him that this or that part of his book makes use of an incorrect fact, so the man does his homework. For the just-released BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC # 1, his writing partner Adam Volle even stopped off in Paris to conduct some primary research.
6. BOB is bilingual! In BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC # 1, Bob finds himself tasked with an important mission by a French ghost. The problem is, Bob doesn’t speak French. You don’t need to speak it either in order to follow the story, but if you do, there’s a whole extra layer of fun available.
7. BOB offers new cosplaying options. Just imagine: while all your friends are boring the world with their run-of-the-mill Deadpool costumes, you can be showing off as the 18th-century founding father of hairdressing, Legros de Rumigny!
8. BOB is timely. Let us level with you on this: when you’re writing a book about a psychic barber, you are always on the hunt for fun and/or relevant hair-related material. And the ‘do of a certain new president? It’s like a gift. It may also be a clue in a case Bob is trying to solve in BOB: NON-UNION PSYCHIC # 1…