Wet Moon is a Slice of LifeGraphic Novel series written and drawn by Ross Campbell and published through Oni Press. It follows the lives of several young females living in the fictional southern backwater town of Wet Moon, as they deal with college, gaining employment, attending concerts and working through interpersonal problems.Not to mention serial killers, strange FBI agents, giant boars, urban vigilantes and ghosts of people they know.It's better than it probably sounds, largely due to the author writing a slow-burn plot with natural situations coupled with a David Lynchian atmosphere. Moreover, while most of the multiracial cast belongs to the goth/punk/emo/scenester subculture (with some characters also gay or bisexual), none of them are portrayed as stereotypically as they are in other media. This even extends to the author's particular art style, which readily acknowledges the varied body types different kinds of women inherit or grow into.Storywise, it initially centers on the daily pitfalls of Cleo Lovedrop, a local resident and college student in Wet Moon and her friends Trilby Bernarde, Mara Zuzanny and Audrey Richter. As the series progresses, Cleo enters a relationship with dorm neighbor Myrtle Turenne while the focus shifts around the cast, like the growing relationship between Trilby and her new boyfriend Martin, Mara's encounters with fellow dorm resident Natalie Ringtree, Audrey's romance and body-image problems and several other small, odd glimpses of minor characters in off-key situations. Elements of horror and paranormal mystery have begun to creep into the plot very gradually, possibly regarding Fern, a hairless, one-armed and perpetually closed-eyed heiress living in her parent's old estate near the town swamps. There's also an FBI agent with a pet monkey walking around. Not to mention an amateur crimefighter. Yeah...As of now, six paperback volumes have been released through Oni Press, all of which can be bought here or at your local comic book shop. For more information about Ross Campbell, stop by his Web page or check out his DeviantArtaccount.Provides examples of:
A few of the girls are also cutters, including Myrtle and Zia.
Goth: A rare example of the subculture being portrayed realistically, as much of the cast also dabble in Emo, Punk and Scene trends and influences, much like today's younger Goths.
Harmful to Minors: Audrey is not pleased to find out that the twenty-something Slicer is sleeping with the teenage Fall.
Jerkass: The guy Cleo punched out during the Bella Morte concert, for good reason. Later makes a comeback at the comic book convention, chewing out Cleo and shoving her on the ground.
Lean and Mean: People assume this about Natalie. In reality, she's only evil sometimes.
LiveJournal: Several characters have them, and entries from Audrey and Mara's are each shown in later volumes.
Love Triangle: The unconfident Audrey ends up attracting Kinzoku, a skinny Asian chick, and Beth, a muscular Butch Lesbian, much to Audrey's frustration.
And now it seems Mara is pulling Cleo away from Myrtle.
Modesty Towel: Natalie walks around with these twice in the series. Malady even she should wear something like it for a dress.
Mind Screw: A disturbing amount of unexplained scenes, like Cleo's cat being led underneath her dorm floor by another cat, half the panels Fall appears in, and whatever the upside-down Fern-thing was that Cleo saw.
Nerd: Some of the cast might count, but Trilby takes the title after having sex with The Chronicles of Riddick going on in the background, cosplaying as a catgirl from Darkstalkers, getting a tattoo of the Borg symbol and even admitting that she wanted to start being a vigilante.
Subverted in that she's also a Trekkie, but doesn't want others to know due to fear of humiliation.
No Communities Were Harmed: The town of Wet Moon itself is based on Savannah, Georgia, with many of the backgrounds containing clearly recognizable local landmarks and buildings.
Not Wearing Tights: Unknown is Wet Moon's local crimefighter, but dresses in a ski mask and urban clothing.
Parody: A fellow art student named Mark loves to regale chicks with his drawings of demons, and even drew up a typical 90s Antihero named Nightdemon. Trilby got in on the action and drew a "homage" Nightdemon comic that featured the titular demon turning his hand into a drill...OF JUSTICE!
Psycho Lesbian: Myrtle is heading this way, if she's not already there.
Romantic False Lead: Quite a few fans fell for the Trilby/Cleo ship after Trilby hits on Cleo while she is drunk. However, Trilby starts to fall for Martin, and Cleo begins a realtionship with Myrtle and later on Mara.
Scars Are Forever: Certain scenes allude to Natalie having a harder time recovering from her attack than she lets on.
Trilby also gets to meet real-life indie comics artist Becky Cloonan when she attends a local comic-con.
Straight Man: Trilby's supportive and accepting boyfriend Martin.
Strange Girl: To lesser degrees the entire female cast due to the way they dress and their horror interests.
Special consideration goes to Fern, who is repeatedly shown walking naked into the swamps in the dead of night. There's also the fact that she has an entire mansion all to herself, and keeps creepy stone busts in one of the rooms.
Natalie lampshades this against her roommate Malady, claiming that she acts weirder and weirder to seem cool.
Super Hero: Unknown, who's really just some chick who dresses up and stops muggers and serial killers.
Tell Me About My Father: Subverted. So many people have asked Trilby about her missing parents that she doesn't care about them anymore.
Wham Episode: Volume 5, which immediately kicks off with Natalie getting her face carved open by Myrtle, then goes on to Cleo and Myrtle's first big verbal fight, Trilby opening up about being raised as an orphan, Cleo seeing a monstrous version of Fern appear in her room, and ends on a happy note when Myrtle ambushes and stabs Trilby repeatedly in the gut.
Wrong Side of the Tracks: Fall Swanhilde is noticeably more white trash than the rest of the cast, and it shows in where she lives.