Lost Stories #1–7
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Written by John Riley / Illustrated by Garrett Berner
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Lost Stories #1Lost Stories follows the adventures of I.M. Lost, a boy stranded in the offbeat World of All Lost Things. I.M. ends up in this world after falling down a well in the woods behind his house. Unfortunately for I.M. none of this is that unusual for him. Most of his young life I.M. has been plagued by a pair of gnomes whom only he can see. These gnomes delight in "losing" I.M.’s belongings. Hence, I.M. has something of an untrustworthy flake reputation. follows the adventures of I.M. Lost, a boy stranded in the offbeat World of All Lost Things. I.M. ends up in this world after falling down a well in the woods behind his house. Unfortunately for I.M. none of this is that unusual for him. Most of his young life I.M. has been plagued by a pair of gnomes whom only he can see. These gnomes delight in "losing" I.M.’s belongings. Hence, I.M. has something of an untrustworthy flake reputation.

Once in the World of All Lost Things I.M. decides he must be here to find his long lost father. The gnomes don’t disabuse him of this notion and seem to be encouraging him toward some goal so he sets off on his adventure. Along the way he meets a half cloud half human being whom he names Strat (he couldn’t pronounce her real name); a young woman from the Winter Lands named Kylie who just happens to be skilled in winter magic and has a smart-mouthed spirit of the winter sky bound to her; and a gnome-hating Leprechaun (arch enemies of the Gnomes) named Patty.

The story in each issue moves along at a nice clip and leaves you wanting to find out more about I.M. and the World of All Lost Things.The artwork is perfectly suited to the series and only falls down a little in the inking department from issue #5 on. The previous issues had a much tighter inking style and I preferred it over the much sketchier style in the last few issues.

Sadly there are no more issues of Lost Stories. Sales were such that the series had to cease publication. But I’m here to encourage all you fans of all-ages fantasy driven comics to seek these out. Maybe if there’s enough interest the series will start up again. If you can’t find them in back issue bins locally then hit members.aol.com/loststory/ [dead link] or e-mail GhopCom@aol.com and ask how much you need to send for all seven issues. You can also write them at Creative Frontiers, 76 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596.