Cover image for DeadEndia. The watcher's test / Hamish Steele.
DeadEndia. The watcher's test / Hamish Steele.
Title Variants:
Dead Endia.

The watcher's test

Watcher's test
Publication Information:
London : Nobrow, 2018.

Physical Description:
212 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Contains slightly altered versions of issues 1-8 of the webcomic DeadEndia.


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STE Graphic Novel Teen Graphic Novels

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Barney and his best friend Norma are just trying to get by and keep their jobs, but working at the Dead End theme park also means battling demonic forces, time traveling wizards, and scariest of all--their love lives!

Follow the lives of this diverse group of employees of a haunted house, which may or may not also serve as a portal to hell, in this hilarious and moving graphic novel, complete with talking pugs, vengeful ghosts and LBGTQIA love!

Author Notes

Hamish Steele is a freelance animation director and illustrator who grew up in Somerset surrounded by legends, myths and folktales. Since graduating from Kingston University in 2013, Hamish has worked for the BBC, Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon, among others. Hamish currently lives in London.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Based on the Cartoon Hangover short "Dead End," this quirky, heartwarming adventure by Steele (Pantheon) captures the awkwardness of early adulthood and the idiosyncrasies of power-hungry demons. Barney thought working with his friend Norma at a theme park's haunted house, Dead End, would be fun (or at least provide him with temporary housing), but Norma failed to tell him that it comes with its own portal to hell. Along with Barney's talking dog, Pugsley, and the other theme park employees, the duo must thwart the demons, angels, and deities emerging through the portal and keep the haunted house running. If Barney can survive long enough, he just may develop the courage to go on a successful date with Logs, the cute coworker who runs the log flume. A Steven Universe-like aesthetic and a full palette of bold, contrasting colors grace a diverse cast of characters (attendant pronouns specified), from trans haunted-house janitor Barney to hijabi carnival-attraction operator Badyah. Episodic first chapters weave together successfully as the story proceeds, creating a cathartic story arc for this series opener. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.