Various Artists – Hic & Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humour Volume 2: The United Kingdom
Hey look, anthology reviews on back to back days! Readers in the future, never mind about that comment, but for today I can compare the two, and I’m happy to say that this one got every single little thing right that made me cranky about the last one. Clear and legible table of contents, the pages are numbered, and most of the strips had the name of the artist on the bottom of the page. Yep, my only complaint here is that they managed to put together an anthology of U.K. cartoonists and left Rob Jackson out of it, but maybe he lives somewhere else and I’m just confused. OK fine, so they got the basics right. What about the quality? Pretty much top-notch all around, which is always at least slightly rare for an anthology with this many people in it. Highlights include a chopsticks dilemma by Luke Pearson, putting all of the eggs in one basket by Lizz Lunney, the wisdom of using egg whites instead of cream by Philippa Rice, the fantastically destructive Skull Force by Jack Teagle, one seriously destructive romance by Luke Pearson, a great example of a comic about nothing that ends up being pretty damned great by James Downing, a horror show called Dream Leader by Joe List, an excellent way to turn the tables on door to door salesmen by Joe Decie, deciding who you would like to survive the apocalypse along with you by Stephen Collins, video game monster advice by Dan Berry, judging someone from their shoes by Lizz Lunney, “I Was Attacked by some Naked Children” by Isaac Lenkiewicz, being stuck as a conscious fossil by Kristyna Baczynski, terrible story ideas that Gareth Brookes has been given over the years, and the Death Train by Lizz Lunney. Huh, I seemed to like Lizz Lunney’s work quite a bit, but there’s a pile of great stuff in here. Check it out, support both Hic & Hoc and the idea of getting more international anthologies going over here in the U.S. $12
Posted on December 19, 2013, in Reviews and tagged Abe Christie, Becky Barnicoat, Clark Burscough, Dan Berry, Dan Locke, Donya Todd, Fred Blunt, Gareth Brookes, Gary Northfield, Hic & Hoc, Hic & Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humour, Isaac Lenkiewicz, Jack Teagle, James Downing, Joe Decie, Joe List, Jonathan Edwards, Kristyna Baczynski, Liz Greenfield, Lizz Lunney, Luke Pearson, Phiuppa Rice, Rick Eades, Stephen Collins, Timothy Winchester. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Various Artists – Hic & Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humour Volume 2: The United Kingdom.