Karaoke Stan, a middle-aged custodian of Nosedale's high school has dreamed of being Satan all his life. Looking mysteriously like a member of the Beach Boys, Chet, one of God’s angels descends from heaven and offers Karaoke Stan a position that has just opened up. It seems the previous Satan has been caught cuddling kittens. The Goldfish Madonna, a local beauty who lives in God’s Great house next door to Stan’s brown rancher has a penchant for metaphors and accidental parties, and who wouldn’t fall in love with her? Stan (now Satan) is perilously close to losing his job, a job he has coveted all his adult life.
Other characters who populate the town of Nosedale and consequently that of Satan à la Mode are Rayon Delores, a one dimensional cyclist and Carlos HaHa whose animated hairstyle does what ever it wants, Sir Regal Quantum Holy, Nosedale’s chief poet and philosopher, and educator of sorts, and the Repeetin Bears, his students. Preacher Ace Cream, a believer in a hot hell and a freezing heaven, fancies himself a bit of a rock star, is challenged to a debate with Satan. And to fit this whole good versus evil theme, it all ends with a wedding!
So it goes in this bizarre universe created by Adrian Barnes and glamorously illustrated by Yuliya Kashapova. Some of these characters will stick to you like gum to a shoe.
You’ll take favourites and you’ll find yourself praying for their salvation or at least for a new haircut. Satan à la Mode is like arriving at one of the Goldfish Madonna’s accidental parties wearing the wrong outfit. You’ll never fit in but your fear is, you just might.