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Kiersh, Dave – A Last Cry For Help #2


A Last Cry For Help #2

Souther Salazar helped out on this one, but I’m not sure how much so I’m only going to post it on Dave’s page. That OK with you? Anyway, I was pretty indifferent to the first issue of this. I’ve been meaning to read it again because I’ve liked everything else I’ve seen from these two, but the first one seemed like a mess to me. This one was a lot more together and, consequently, a lot better. I love how Dave ignores word balloons more often than not. I don’t know why the cast majority of comics people feel that they have to use the bubbles. They don’t have to do anything, it’s mini comics! Anyway, this is more goodness from Dave about loneliness, girls and trying to fit in. You won’t find a comic more packed with info than this one if you try. Busy, busy pages, you really have to read this slowly to get everything out of it, and even after doing that I still feel like I missed stuff. It’s $2.50 and you can get a copy at the ever-expanding usscatastrophe page. Support that page because you’re not going to find a better selection of minis anywhere.

Kiersh, Dave – A Last Cry For Help


A Last Cry For Help

I regret to inform you that I have no idea which issues of Last Cry For Help make up this comic.  I looked and looked online (and found it at Amazon and Bodega Distribution) but nobody seems interested in listing where the individual bits of this came from.  Ah well, what difference does it make?  Unless you obsessively follow everything Dave has done over the last ten years, at least some of this is going to be new to you.  If you scroll down you’ll see that I’ve read plenty of what he’s done and at least half of it seemed new to me.  Or maybe it’s just because I read most of this stuff four years ago and have a lousy memory?  In any case, from what I’ve been able to gather this is essentially a ten year retrospective of Dave’s comics, with one page stories thrown in with about a dozen longer bits.  Mostly the best of teenage awkwardness, with stories involving a young girl not really wanting to be making out on the beach, two young guys getting drunk and smashed their parent’s car, a pregnant woman stuck in prison, the merits of fantasy life versus actual life, drunken dancing, a lonely waitress, a humiliating Halloween and more than a few sexy nurses.  If you haven’t read Dave’s stuff I can’t think of a better introduction, and if you have this is damn fine collection.  Few people out there cover awkwardness and loneliness better than he does, all while never veering completely over into whiny self-indulgence.  $10