The Goldfish and Bob
The words “graphic novel” are tossed around these days like they’re going out of style, and that’s fine, as the terms for these little stories are many and varied. Some people hate calling them “comics” in any form, mostly because the vast majority of comics are so terrible. Mainstream, that is. Anyway, when I see “graphic novel”, I expect to spend more time reading it than the average comic, and they should be at least kind of large. Both of them these might also not be true at any time (is anybody out there going to argue the fact that Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron is a graphic novel, despite the fact that you could probably read it in 10 minutes?) so, once again, I don’t know what I’m talking about. This one is called a graphic novel, but I see it as a mini comic. A really expensive mini comic ($6.95), but a mini comic nonetheless. His style reminds me A LOT of James Kochalka, although I’m sure he’s sick of hearing this by now. It’s the story of a man and his goldfish. The man hates his job, the goldfish apparently doesn’t like seeing the man so unhappy, and there’s the basis for the comic. Not too complicated, but a good story. Still not a graphic novel, but that’s just my opinion. You can probably get this if you put in a request at the Top Shelf ordering page. E-mail the guy to tell him hi, or go to his website. He’s also done work in the Flummery book, in case you’re wondering where you’ve seen him before.