This past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the artist Sean O’Neill at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo and just finished reading the online graphic novel through to its current page. The comic is in the artistic style and and flavor of the early comics and oriented towards kids in terms of language and such. It is reminiscent of a young Indiana Jones treasure hunt/mystery with the story occuring in the 1930’s in Egpyt. I thouroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Rather than writing a synopsis of the story I got Mr. Oneill’s permission to copy the following from his site:
Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh’s Fortune is a graphic novel adventure story chronicling the exploits of 12-year-old adventurer Ronald “Rocket” Robinson. The story is intended for young readers, but is appropriate for comic fans and adventure lovers of all ages. For a brief synopsis of the story, see below. To meet some of the characters, click here.
The Egyptian capital is a buzzing hive of treasure-hunters, thrill-seekers, and adventurers, but to 12-year-old Ronald “Rocket” Robinson, it’s just another sticker on his well-worn suitcase. The only son of an American diplomat, Rocket travels from city to city, never staying in one place long enough to call it home. It’s a lonely existence when your only friend is a monkey named Screech, but when Rocket finds a strange note written in Egyptian hieroglyphs, he stumbles into an adventure more incredible than anything he’s ever seen at the Saturday matinee. Guided through the secret subterranean world of Cairo by his new friend, a gypsy girl named Nuri, Rocket soon runs afoul of master criminal Otto Von Stürm, who, with his thugs Khalil and Khan, is planning the theft of the greatest treasure in history—an ancient Pharaoh’s fortune, secretly hidden for centuries. But will Rocket and Nuri be able to stop them in time? First they’ll have to de-code an ancient riddle, solve a cryptic puzzle, face off hungry crocodiles, and navigate a centuries-old labyrinth full of traps. All while staying one step ahead of Otto’s bloodthirsty goons. And what about the ancient curse that guards the treasure? The merciless Von Stürm will do anything to reach his prize; deception, bribery—even murder. But Rocket and Nuri, with a little help from Rocket’s kindhearted governess Mrs. Mahfouz and Professor Al-Khatout of the Egyptian Museum, may just outsmart him. If they can stay alive long enough.