Oh jam comics, don’t ever change. In case you’ve only read three comics in your life and none of them were a jam comic, this is a thing that a bunch of cartoonists do together, either in person or through the mail/internet, usually under the influence of booze at the very least. As such, reviewing a jam comic like a traditional comic is a waste of time, as it was never meant to have a coherent story. This particular comic is the “dirty” bits from the regular Sunday jams that a bunch of Columbus artists do when they meet up on a weekly basis, and it is all over the map. But, oddly, usually either offensive or funny. And often both! Each of these strips are one page long, passed over to the next person in line from panel to panel, with none of the panels being signed by the artist, making this a fun/excruciating guessing game. Your best bet to know whether or not you’re going to like this is by looking at that list of tags and seeing if your favorite Columbus artist is included in that list, but I’ll try to summarize at least a few of the strips for you. Stories include the bleeped out clown and monkey love, “The Family Cirque Du Soleil” (with a fantastic last panel), the adventures of a pile of broken glass and a dead dude, William Shatner’s soap, how the Smurfs were wiped out, the end of the world, various types of tongues, cat piss vs. meatloaf, raccoon vice, a devil and a cockroach in love, and creepy Superman. That’s most of the first half, which leaves the whole second half a delightful surprise. Try a jam comic, you’ll be glad you did! Unless you’re easily offended, in which case you should maybe look at any other “Sunday” book. $3
Rat: A Love Story
Anybody out there want to read a really solid, well done comic? Well, here you go. Sure, it gets a little sappy at times, but it’s a bizarre love story, so what do you want? The art is great and most of the writing is intelligent and stuff that people would actually say. For those wondering, it’s the story of a rat who falls in love with a woman and the lengths he goes to to try and win her over. Kind of silly, I guess, but it never really feels like a ridiculous story, which is a credit to the writer. It’s $7.95 and you can send money to 201 East 4th Street Frederick, MD 21701. There’s a website advertised in the book. Check it out, they have all kinds of books that were advertised in the back of this one.