If you think that your life is tough, and the boarding school that you attended is difficult, then you should check out what these kids are going through. All of the kids who attend this school are “problem children, and their parents have “had it” with them and have shiped them off to boarding school. Only thing, what they don’t seem to know is that the school is actually in Hell (yep, that place of fire and brimstone and chock-a-block full of actual demons), and the courses are all pass/fail.
According to creator, writer George Wassil, the project all started with a dream, and now he is looking for fan support to bring it to fruition. “We’re asking for your help to self-publish and distribute a soft cover edition of Oh, Hell Volume 1” Wassil told us. “Its a full color, eight chapter, 200+ page original graphic novel that follows a group of teens shipped off to a boarding school in Hell.”
Wassil went on to fill us in on the story. The main character is a 15-year-old girl who calls herself Zoel. That’s not really the name her adoptive parents gave her, but then again she began life as a dumpster baby, so she’s a bit upset about the way her life actually turned out thus far, and yep, as you can imagine, she’s still pissed about that, along with just about everything else in her life.
At any rate, as the story begins, she’s being shipped off to The Academy, a mysterious boarding school for troubled teens, but unbeknownst to everyone, not only is The Academy actually in Hell, it is also completely pass/fail. The cast of this little drama include the afore-mentioned Zoel, who has had trouble fitting in and of course things are no different in Hell where she winds up falling for Hell’s newest bad boy, Zipper. Now this kid’s totally got the the look, he’s got the attitude, and not only is he one of Zoel’s roommates but he’s got secrets as well. Secrets that are probably best kept that way. Still, as scary as Zipper may seem, there’s one classmate that is even scarier.
Alesse, who is the goal driven, popular girl, who has it all, wants it all, and (as you can totally expect), is very much accustomed to getting it all — regardless of who she has to destroy to get what she wants. Well, we all know how important it is to make a good impression on girls like this, so Zoel goes out of her way to do just that, with interesting results. Then there’s Carl, everybody’s pain-in-the-ass little brother. No matter what he gets involved with, one thing is for certain, you just know that he’s going to screw it up. Give all of this, the Academy has high standards and boasts of a phenomenal success rate. Overseeing their education is Headmaster Elz who prefers the “Old School” approach to discipline.
Wassil has indicated that they already have well over 100 pages of Oh, Hell available online for free and that they will continue to add pages each week. Needless to say, he is encouraging people to check it out, and if you like what you see and would like to join them, you’ll find a Kickstarter button on the site that will bring you right back here.
He also intends to include some bonus material in Oh, Hell Volume 1, thus fans will find quite a few of Zoel’s diary pages. Her writings give readers a peek into her mind as she deals with love, loss, abandonment, failure — all the issues that make up the maelstrom that is adolescence. Backers will also receive never-before-seen-sketches, layouts and early character designs by artist, Dave Hamann. The rewards for backers include essentially something for everyone; wallpapers, pdfs, books, 8x10 prints, bookmarks, 11x17 prints, original art PLUS some great Pin-Up Art from guest artists. David Nakayama, Julia Philip, Cory Smith, and more.
The creators of this project are; George Wassil, writer, Dave Hamann, layouts, pencils, inks, Michael Birkhofer, color art, and Troy Peteri, lettering. Wassil believes that he’s put together an great creative team that will create a memorable story.
This project will only be funded if at least$12,500 is pledged by Mon, May 19 2014.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.