Only the Lonely
The world has been begging for it, so here it is: an anthology about being lonely, standing in the rain and dealing with the women folk. Oh, and its collective tongue in pretty firmly in cheek for most of it. Andy Terhune has a story about potential love in the bowling alley, Thien Pham has a story called “Gummi Bears Taste Like Loneliness (don’t know what explanation that needs), Joe Sayers has the best line in the book with “I have procured a lobster, please prepare for coitus”, Josh Frankel explodes and has some “journal” stuff, Alixopulos creepily goes through his day and makes fun of the anthology, Tom Neely jerks off and pees a lot, Jesse Reklaw does a wonderful Kochalka, and Fredo misses his nighttime lover. A great parody of all of the many, many, MANY whiny autobio stories out there about losing girlfriends and staring at the rain. Which I usually like quite a bit, but parody is always a good thing. Here’s an e-mail address, it’s $3 and completely worth it.
To avoid any confusion, when Joey says that this book is about the sky and it’s starring the sun and a cloud, she’s not kidding. This is all about the sun and a cloud having a conversation, talking about movies, going to get a drink with god, those sorts of things. If you’re looking for some detailed, intricate art, well, you’re not going to find it here. What you are going to find is a funny short tale about how being god isn’t that great after all. Or maybe it’s a polemic on the state of the drive-in movie? Or maybe it really is just about a cloud and the sun. You know, if you went to the website and looked around you could probably find out for yourself. $2!
There was some brief confusion on my part before I realized that these are 5 minute comics, not a 5 minute comic. This is a completely hilarious collection of one page strips about all kinds of people with various super powers, some incredibly useful, some useless, and some that are going to destroy the planet one day. One look at that sample should convince you pretty quickly if this sort of humor is for you (you know, the funny kind of humor). I was going to write a list of some of the characters just to give you more of a taste from the inside, but as this is a visual medium and all, why ruin the surprise? My biggest problem here was just picking the one page to sample, a good half dozen or more made me laugh out loud. As for the art, well, these pages were done in 5 minutes or less, but frankly I’ve seen plenty worse in books that didn’t have the 5 minute excuse going for them. Great book to pick up if you like laughing, and a wonderful thing for me to see on a Monday…
The Time Machine
This is a choose-your-own-adventure story from Joe Sayers.Â You know, Joey Sayers, the creator of the wonderful comics listed below as well as several others?Â Also, a choose-your-own-adventure story (maybe she had to call it a “maze comic” for make believe legal reasons?).Â For those of you still left reading this who haven’t already gone over to his website to buy this comic, I’ll give you a few more details to whet your appetite.Â A young man finds a time machine in his yard and decides to see if it works.Â Upon activating the machine he’s confronted with an increasing series of choices.Â Go to the past or the future?Â Mention the antenna or ask about cheeseburgers?Â Read the warning about the hot dogs or check into the antidote?Â Eat the hot dogs to begin with or reset time?Â If none of this sounds appealing to you, there is no hope for you.Â Granted, you may be a wonderful human being in every other regard, but somebody who can’t get behind something like this is lacking a certain quality that every decent person needs.Â If you’re one of those fortunate people with both a sense of humor and a strong hint of nostalgia, you won’t be disappointed.Â $3