The Comics Interpreter Volume 2 #3
Why is this listed as quite possibly the last issue of this series? Is there really nobody out there who wants to find out about random small press people that you’ve probably never heard of? Is it blind, slavish devotion to The Comics Journal to the exclusion of every other magazine about comics? Whatever the case, it’s a damned shame that Robert is struggling to get to #4 of this series when he’s doing such a great job with this. #3 of this series has interview with David Rees, James Jean and Tak Toyoshima. He has a lengthy essay about whatever happened to the Moore/Sienkowitz project Big Numbers, reviews of a few comics and a special section dedicated to piling on that dipshit we have for President. In other words, a solid issue dealing with people I’ve never heard of and with more than a few comic strips. I don’t know what I can tell you about this, folks. It’s always kind of odd reviewing, um, a reviewer. I don’t agree with him on everything he writes (which is a good thing in my book), but I always find my position challenged by the way he tackles an argument or a particular comic. If you like this site because you like finding hidden gems in the comics world, you should do yourself a favor and check out this magazine. Any issue, from what I’ve seen, has all kinds of great stuff in it. And, of course, there’s the stuff that I don’t much care about, but it’s a 64 page magazine. I don’t mind “not getting” a few pages, and neither should you. Sorry if this review came off as even more of a rant than usual, but I think Robert should be given a chance to keep going with this magazine, as I want to see what it’s like 10 years from now. Check it out, contact info is up there…
My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable in: “Horse Races”
Guess there’s almost no reason for me to type the title in when it’s that huge. This book is as funny as it’s humanly possible to be. He ditched the war theme (which is too bad, as he could have gone on about various parts of that endlessly, which is maybe why he quit) and this one is about a mysterious person in an office who’s using office resources to bet on horse races. There’s nothing I can possibly say to convince someone that David is hilarious. If you read his strips and like them, you’re a decent, worthwhile human being and you should check out his new stuff when it comes out. If you don’t like them, maybe you should go back to using babies as footballs and using the skins of puppies to make lamp shades. Contact info is up there, and if you go there you’ll have access to samples galore, so what could be wrong with that?
Why couldn’t I have found out about this while it was going on? Man, would that have been therapeutic. These are strips that start on October 9, 2001 and continue up through the middle of the next year. If you’ve seen his other book you know how he does his comics, with the same pictures being used with different dialogue. I thought his last book was hilarious and I hope it’s as available as this new one is. If you’re not convinced, or if maybe you just don’t trust me, you can go here and see all of the strips that he’s done so far (I think). If you can read even a page of that without chuckling, well, then I guess you shouldn’t buy it. It’s $11 and he covers things that I’ve barely even heard of and I thought I was keeping up with everything that was going on. Buy it and laugh!
My New Fighting Technique is Unstoppable
When the worst thing you can say about a book is that not every strip in it is funny, you’ve got something good on your hands. This is basically a series of strips about people having karate fights and talking shit to each other. Kind of in the same vein as Red Meat, he photo copies karate figures from the backs of old comics (I’m guessing here) and gives them dialogue, as well as introduces Karate Snoopy and Circulatory Man and some other creepy things. My copy was $5, so I’m assuming that’s what they all go for, but you should probably e-mail the guy first. Listen, this is the funniest random pickup I’ve made in a while. There’s not enough genuinely funny comics out there, which is why this one was such a treat. Think he’ll get mad if I put a couple of these strips on here to try to convince you to buy this? I hope not. Anyway, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if he has any more of these things laying around.