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Sneak Peek At Penny-Farthing Press’ “Decoy: Menagerie” Anthology

August 3rd, 2005 by admin

Penny-Farthing Press recently announced the release of its first hardcover anthology-Decoy: Menagerie, Part 1, a 144-page, full color book that features the work of many of the comics industry’s most talented writers and artists.

“The premise of the book is to see how other creators imagine Decoy themes and characters in a series of short stories,” Decoy creator/penciller Courtney Huddleston explained. “The title Menagerie is a play on the anthology concept in that a menagerie is a private collection of wild animals. I see this anthology as my own personal collection of favorite artists and writers.”

The Decoy title, a fan favorite since its debut in 1999, chronicles the humorous, and sometimes dangerous, adventures of a green, shape-shifting alien named Decoy and his earth roommate, Officer Bobby Luck. Through the course of two mini-series and a trilogy of one-shots, readers followed Decoy and Luck through encounters with hardened criminals, interspecies blood feuds, maniacal assassins, and wild animals. Though Decoy occasionally dips into darker material, Huddleston’s comical style offsets these narrative components with a running current of humor.

Huddleston clarifies his approach to his creation: “The fun part of Decoy is that it is fun. There is always the danger of preciousness with a main character that is cute in appearance, and I have tried to avoid the overly cute in Decoy’s portrayal. Instead, I have attempted to make the interactions between Luck and Decoy funny and realistic. Well, as realistic as they can be when a space alien is concerned. The point is, reality is funny. Even when things are at their worst, humor is always present. It’s the humor that helps people cope with hardship. That’s what I’m after in Decoy.”

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The tension between comedy and adversity in Decoy: Menagerie unites the different stories and provides alternate views of Huddleston’s theme. Writers Phil Hester (Green Arrow) and Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing) explore the serious elements of Luck’s job as a police officer, while Ty Templeton (Batman), Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi), Azad Injejikian (Sammy: Tourist Trap), and newcomer Scott Zirkel capture Decoy and Luck in moments of humiliation, envy, whimsy, and discovery. The art further enhances Decoy’s charisma with the pencilling talents of Ryan Woodward (Spider-Man 2: The Movie), Mitchell Breitweiser (Phantom Jack), Sean Galloway (Teen Titans Go), Ben Roman (I Luv Halloween), newcomer Rove, and Mr. Courtney Huddleston himself. In addition, inker James Taylor (The Victorian), colorist Mike Garcia (Top Ten), and letterist Ed Dukeshire complete the roster by capturing the mood and tone that each writer/artist creates so that each single story is a stand-alone, fully-functioning world of its own.

Priced at $19.95, Decoy: Menagerie, Part 1 Anthology will be distributed through Diamond, FM International, Ingram, and Baker and Taylor in November 2005. However, advance copies of the book may be purchased online exclusively at with special fan and retailer discounts. Log onto the Penny-Farthing Press website for more information.

Founded in 1998 by Ken White and founding Editor-In-Chief Marlaine Maddux, Penny-Farthing Press employs both veteran and unknown individuals in production of the company’s publication line, a line that has received numerous awards and critical accolades in PFP’s short existence. The prestigious Spectrum Award and the Gutenburg Metal D’Argent for Excellence in Printing are two examples. Furthermore, Penny-Farthing Press publishes a limited number of titles per year in order to ensure quality and a grass roots connection with readers all over the world. This “boutique” approach is unique in the comics industry and allows only the finest products to leave PFP’s doors. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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