Kaz – Sidetrack City and Other Tales
Kaz has always been, for whatever reason, somebody that I didn’t think too much of. Maybe it’s just the sheer volume of people that I read, some of them are bound to fall through the cracks. Still, it’s a shame when somebody like this doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Not like he really needs it from me, as he’s doing a weekly strip in a lot of alternative newspapers and I’m sure he’s doing just fine for himself. He’s one of those comics visionaries that I talk so much about. Every panel of this book is packed with surreal imagery. I can guarantee that you won’t catch everything he did even on the third way through (I read this for the third time to review it and there were more than a few new things in there for me). Stories in this include Satan falling in love, a floating pig head who tells the protagonist in the title tale to do evil things, burly men with boobs, Bill Beak (a psychotic baby chicken), and too many other things to mention. It’s kind of a short book at 64 pages, but it is absolutely packed and I don’t think anybody is going to go away disappointed. I think part of my negative impression of the guy was from a few Underworld strips I’d seen that I didn’t like. Who knows, maybe I just caught him on a couple of off weeks, but I can tell you that this book is good. Anybody who wants to clue me in with the Underworld books is more than welcome to… Don’t forget to check out his website to see for yourself what you think of his stuff, as he has tons of samples up. You can kill an afternoon here pretty easily and have a good time doing it.