Pork Belly #1 Now Available!Â $1
Sorry, let me just check to see if my head literally exploded from all the puns in one of the stories… nope, still attached. I generally have a problem with too many puns, or many at all really, but the piece in this one crossed right back over into being hilarious. No, I’m not sure how that happened and kids, you really shouldn’t try it at home. The story deals with two people who are showing each other sketches and making puns out of them. There’s “A horse, drawn buggy” and “Cow Bells,” but that pales in comparison to something being so asinine that it’s actually “asin-ten.” Seriously, kudos. Other stories include Chris Hoskin drawing two large boobs into something like an optical illusion, Dan retelling the (modern) story of a woman who was forced to breast feed the family hunting dogs because the husband had to send the wife’s family two cows to marry her in the first place and a pictorial representation of the theory “you are what you eat.” Boobs and more puns than you will usually see collected in one place, what’s not to love?Â As with most of Dan’s comics this one is 8 pages, but what an 8 pages. $1
Pork Belly #4
Technically this is part of Dan Taylor’s Pork Belly series, but as he doesn’t seem to have anything to do with this (other than publishing it), I won’t put his name in the subject line.Â Probably not even worth mentioning that, but I wanted to work Dan’s name in here somewhere.Â This is, as the cover indicates, an “All Brinkmann issue,” featuring eight images of varying levels of “what the hell?” I mean that in the best possible way.Â I generally think calling art “psychedelic” is a lazy way to describe it, but I’m at a loss as to how else I should describe this.Â The issue contains an image of a trippy clown face from 1970, a melting face, flying body parts and the sampled image.Â Everything else is up to you to figure out, as I have no idea, but I do know that it is invariably interesting as can be.Â If you like your comics to be a visual blast, step right up ladies and gents!Â If you like a thoughtful story that builds up to a satisfying conclusion, I’d say you have plenty of other options around this site… $1
Pork Belly #3
One of these days I’m going to ask Dan at a con what exactly are the differences in his various anthology titles.Â Theoretically he could just put them all out under one title, or there are basic structural details I’m missing.Â As they’re pretty consistently entertaining it’s a bit of a moot point.Â No sense in me complaining about one of the few guys in the business who puts out comics on such a consistent basis.Â So how about the actual contents?Â Things get started with a delightfully disgusting piece by Kel Crum about the standards of bird vomit, Macedonio has a piece about “illegals” and who to really be worried about and a piece about ethnic birds, and Dan has mildly awful pun on the cover and two other pieces inside.Â Those two are fantastic, one dealing with a man shipping himself to save money on a trip and the eventual consequences and the piece I sampled below.Â Embiggen that sucker and be amazed at how the encroaching police state hits even little kids, then get mad and do something about it.Â I recommend watching some TV, like I’m one to talk about political activism.Â It’s another pile of great stories for a measly buck, so what exactly is stopping you?