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From 2008 to 2015 I wrote a weekly column for Synthesis Weekly under the name Zooey Mae. What started as an outlet to review graphic novels and comic books evolved over the years to cover everything from pop culture to whatever menial event was happening in my life. Looking back, I think I spent much too much time regaling Chico with tales of my allergies. 

Robots + Centaurs + David Cross = EPIC

Originally published in Synthesis Weekly: March 2010

A few years ago, when my brother was living in Tahoe, for April Fools Day he decided to play a prank on my parents. He called the house, asked to speak with my Mother, and proceeded to tell her he was in jail. He explained that his roommates had been growing marijuana, and police officers had done a sting operation, arresting everyone in the house, including him. I received a panicked call from my Mother, who wanted the contact information of a lawyer I knew. I asked her if she thought he might be pulling her leg, and she replied, “of course not! He would never do that!” Bless her heart, my Mom always wants to believe only in the best qualities of anyone. When Spencer called her back and explained it had all been a prank, she burst into tears, and my brother learned the lesson that it’s probably not a good idea to tell ones Mother you’ve been arrested for drug related charges. In any case, happy April Fools week. (When you write for a weekly paper, April Fools Day is extended for a whole week). 

And on that note... this week we’ll be looking at the newest series to be released from IDW Publishing. Ashley Wood, the artist behind such gems as Zombies vs. Robots, and Tank Girl has teamed up with artist Ben Templesmith, (30 Days Of Night, Welcome To Hoxford, and Hatter M) and writer Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) to bring you Robots vs. Centaurs, an epic battle series that’s exactly as awesome as it sounds. With an introduction by David Cross, this is one IDW release you can’t afford to miss. This series follows “Spark”, a robot from the future who only wants one thing- to destroy centaurs. With humans long since dead, Earth now belongs to two species, hellbent on destroying each other. For centuries the robots kept centaurs on a short leash, with a Eugenics-type law keeping the population in check. Healthy centaurs are used for development and robot maintainance, and the sick or less desirable are weeded out and destroyed. Led by one centaur in particular, Phalange, they must band together or be crushed forever. 

Ashley Wood and Ben Templesmith together on one project is nothing short of epic, and with Bill Watterson coming out of retirement to return to writing, this series is sure to fly off the shelves. I’d advise any self-respecting comic enthusiast to special order their advance copies now, before all the issues within the first printing are purchased by collectors. On the topic of Robots vs Centaurs, David Cross had this to say: “it’s robots and fucking centaurs. Do I really need to say more? Man, I wish I was a centaur”. 

Happy April Fools Week everyone.

Arielle Mullen