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Loving the Monster: Over the Garden Wall

Sidne K. Gard recalls how Over the Garden Wall continues to be a classic each fall in this special comics-edition of Loving the Monster.

By Comics, Entertainment, Featured Comics, Series 94

Page One Panel 1 - An all black panel that in white text reads, "Loving the Monster: Over the Garden Wall." In the lower left corner there is a small illustration of a fish sitting in a tiny boat fishing. Panel 2 - The second panel shows a frog with his back to the reader as he plays a piano. The text reads, "In 2014, Nov 3rd-7th, a strange mini-series set in a purgatorial forest aired on Cartoon Network. This is "Over the Garden Wall" where two half-brothers and a girl turned into a blue bird walk through the woods, trying to find their way home." Panel 3 - A landscape of farm fields. In the foreground is black tree and a man made from two pumpkins. He holds a flag. The text in the panel says, "Every Autumn, fans return to this show. We walk back into the unknown, tugging along our friends and family. It is a comfort, a habit, a ritual." Panel 4 -The silhouette of the characters Wirt and Gregory are at the center of this panel. They are facing an oncoming train. The text continues, "Maybe the beast beckons us. Or maybe, like the main trio, we all feel the fear and desire of going home." Connecting the two pages is a splash image of "The Beast," a character from the show that is a solid dark shape with glowing white eyes and antlers that look like tree branches. Page Two Panel 1 - The top of The Beast's head takes up the majority of this panel. Around his head, the narrative continues on, "The Unknown is terrifying and inviting. It is easy to give up on going on home, to become another lost soul, another edelwood tree amidst the forest." Panel 2 - This panel shows a girl, the character Beatrice, and her pet dog. She looks upset. They are sitting together in the forest. The text reads, "Sooner or later we have to face the fear of going home with the help of our friends. Like Wirt and Greg, we leave the woods behind. " Panel 3 - An image of a suburban neighborhood with telephone lines running through it. The caption box says, "Until next year when we climb back," Panel  4 - "Over the Garden wall," the sentence continues from the previous panel on the page. The illustration in this panel is of the "rock facts" rock from the show surrounded by leaves.

Loving the Monster – Over the Garden Wall by Sidne K. Gard.

Page One
Panel 1 – 
An all black panel that in white text reads, “Loving the Monster: Over the Garden Wall.” In the lower left corner there is a small illustration of a fish sitting in a tiny boat fishing.

Panel 2 – The second panel shows a frog with his back to the reader as he plays a piano. The text reads, “In 2014, Nov 3rd-7th, a strange mini-series set in a purgatorial forest aired on Cartoon Network. This is “Over the Garden Wall” where two half-brothers and a girl turned into a blue bird walk through the woods, trying to find their way home.”
Panel 3 – A landscape of farm fields. In the foreground is black tree and a man made from two pumpkins. He holds a flag. The text in the panel says, “Every Autumn, fans return to this show. We walk back into the unknown, tugging along our friends and family. It is a comfort, a habit, a ritual.”
Panel 4 -The silhouette of the characters Wirt and Gregory are at the center of this panel. They are facing an oncoming train. The text continues, “Maybe the beast beckons us. Or maybe, like the main trio, we all feel the fear and desire of going home.”

Connecting the two pages is a splash image of “The Beast,” a character from the show that is a solid dark shape with glowing white eyes and antlers that look like tree branches.

Page Two
Panel 1 – The top of The Beast’s head takes up the majority of this panel. Around his head, the narrative continues on, “The Unknown is terrifying and inviting. It is easy to give up on going on home, to become another lost soul, another edelwood tree amidst the forest.”
Panel 2 – This panel shows a girl, the character Beatrice, and her pet dog. She looks upset. They are sitting together in the forest. The text reads, “Sooner or later we have to face the fear of going home with the help of our friends. Like Wirt and Greg, we leave the woods behind. “
Panel 3 – An image of a suburban neighborhood with telephone lines running through it. The caption box says, “Until next year when we climb back,”
Panel  4 – “Over the Garden wall,” the sentence continues from the previous panel on the page. The illustration in this panel is of the “rock facts” rock from the show surrounded by leaves.

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