So You’ve Grown Attached [short film] + [comics]

“So You’ve Grown Attached” is a charming tale of a young girl and her imaginary friend, both facing the bittersweet reality of growing up:

An impressive story with an appealing theme, conveyed through some strong natural performances, makes for a wonderful short! For writer-director Kate Tsang, I believe this is her third foray with a short story involving imaginary friends, all of which you can watch @ her Vimeo page.

Written/Directed by Kate Tsang / Produced by Bella Wing-Davey, Kimberly Parker, Shiva Bajpai / Director of photography Michael Rossetti / Production designer Mimi Bai / Costume designer Amanda Bujak / Music composer Sasha Gordon / Starring: Simon Pearl, Madeleine Connor, Cindy Cheung, Jake Miller, Patrick Fleury, Levi Abrino, Luke Matheny. For more information visit: http://katetsang.com/syga.html

And it wouldn’t be right of me not to share my own thoughts on the matter of imaginary friends now would it. No, I don’t have an imaginary friend (let’s just nip that in the bud), but I do have some knowledge of comic books that relate to Tsang’s particular interest — If you too enjoy stories about imaginary friends, you may appreciate these:

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In 2006, Michael Turner’s SHRUGGED (a personal favourite) was released, published by Aspen MLT (Soulfire, Fathom). SHRUGGED faced ongoing delays due to co-creator Michael Turner’s struggle with cancer. Sadly, Turner died in mid-2008. SHRUGGED is one of the coolest stories told and probably one of the best mini-series Aspen has ever had; it’s a shame it doesn’t get mentioned that much. Written by co-creators Turner and Frank Mastromauro, SHRUGGED tells the stories of Ange, Dev (the angel and devil personifications on your shoulder), and Theo (whose shoulder they’re on). This tale is less about imaginary friends so to speak, and more about humans being born paired with two invisible entities, one righteous and one unruly, and the delicate union that affects their respective worlds. What if every decision and indecision you have ever made had been influenced by invisible friends? Theo deals with alienation among his peers while pulled in an otherworldly struggle for control. I’m being really vague, but know that this is the story that got me back into comics after a decade of zilch. Makes me wonder how many stories I missed out on.

Story by Michael Turner, Frank Mastromauro / Art by Micah Gunnell, Jason Gorder, Don Ho / Colors by Beth Sotelo, John Starr / Cover by / Jason Gorder / Publisher Aspen Comics.

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Writer Brian Joines / Artist Bachan /Publisher BOOM! Studios.

Where do your imaginary friends go when YOU grow up?

Another comic you may like is IMAGINE AGENTS, a four issue mini-series published by BOOM! Studios, released 2013. The story tells of a bureau that are like an investigation unit for wayward imaginary friends, tasked with the job of keeping the peace.

Meet Dave and Terry, agents for I.M.A.G.I.N.E., who are responsible for keeping your children’s imaginary friends in line. Little do they know that an abandoned figment from days past has a plan to change the status quo. What happens when the imaginary friends become the ones who are seen?

And in a recent development; actor Michael Keaton (Birdman, Beetlejuice, Night Shift), after starring in a movie about comic book movies, is now developing an actual comic book movie! That’s right, Fox has closed the deal with Keaton attached to star and produce IMAGINE AGENTS, an adaptation of the very same Boom! comic. How’s that for life imitating art imitating life imitating art huh! …Go watch Birdman.

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~ by Fionnlagh on August 26, 2015.

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