Strange New Appalachian Comic

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I could tell you that Story Time with Uncle Scratch is like nothing you’ve ever seen. It would be true but such an understatement. This new comic series is about young Moses Hatch, a backwoods farm boy who is pulled, living and breathing, into Appalachian folktales woven by his otherworldly mentor Uncle Scratch.

According to Sean Coxen, the comic’s creator, Moses faces “head to head scrapes with the supernatural, where he’ll have to test his mettle against the howling, gibbering forces that lurk, forgotten in the eastern woodlands.”

Sounds like good reading to me!

While the first issue is short at just fourteen pages, its art is expertly drawn. The images are, first, beautiful, just a joy to see, and also energetic. They create a real sense of action and motion, which is helped by Sean’s smart choices as a writer. He opens with a lie and closes with the introduction of Uncle Scratch, a character my eyes can’t help but study.

With twigs for hair; a bushy, fox-like tail; and exposed ribs, Scratch is an enthralling mash-up that manages to look peculiar without ever becoming menacing. (At least not yet!) His oddness is compounded by what he does, which is to say nothing weird. Uncle Scratch sips a steaming beverage and talks to young Moses like a real uncle might. There’s no hocus pocus, no dragging the boy into alternate realities. The normality of the scene somehow makes Scratch’s debut that much stranger.

Personally, I can’t look away, but I’m excited to hear what you think. Leave a comment below, and if you like what you see, consider supporting Sean’s creation. You can donate to his crowdfunding campaign over on Patreon, a site dedicated to supporting artists.

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Uncle Scratch page 1

Uncle Scratch page 2

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6 Comments

  • lacy

    “Scratch” was a common nickname for the devil years ago. He was called “Old Scratch” and “Mr. Scratch” as well. It makes me wonder if “Uncle Scratch” isn’t somehow linked. This seems very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tamela

    I have tried to read the comic but have not been able to read to the end – only to the 6th “page”. I’ve signed up for tumblr because this looks so interesting (I am fascinated by folklore) but couldn’t find “Storytime with Uncle Scratch”. I attempted a search but wound up someplace I never want to see again ! I think I signed up to follow “Storytime with Uncle Scratch” but since I haven’t been able to see the entire story yet, I worry that this will be a continuing problem – we’ll see if I receive notification with a good link to the complete story. After I got to the sixth page, I clicked on the “next” button at the bottom and it started going backwards – just kept cycling through those 6 pages – – at one point a 7th page showed up but from there I could only get to a Yahoo ads page – – maybe Uncle Scratch is more alive and well that you think!!!!~

  • Judy Moore

    Is there any way you can make your text darker, as this liiks like a light gray to me.. If you could please use black. ???? Love your Revivalist… thabks so much

  • Tiffany

    There are so many delightful details in the illustrations — e.g., the way the stars “melt”/”drop” from the sky when the rooster crows and the sun appears! 🙂

  • KAREN H FINDLEY

    MY DARLING DADDY USED TO TALK ABOUT OLE’ SCRATCH AND HOW HE WOULD GET SOMEONE WHO WAS BEING EVIL OR CONTRARY, HADN’T HEARD THE NAME FOR AWHIKE BLESSINGS

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