And Then One Day #5 by Ryan Claytor
It looks like Ryan is still too busy to produce comics with any kind of regularity, so heâ€™s decided to go the â€œeasyâ€ route: turn the book into a journal. And, again, heâ€™s managed to top himself. Heâ€™s up front about the fact that this is all raw, all taken from sketchbooks reflecting his ideas at the time, with very little planning or figuring out how itâ€™ll all look when itâ€™s put together. It doesnâ€™t show at all. This is essentially a look at his life from 9/9/05 to 12/1/05, but itâ€™s a lot more verbose than his other books. Drawings are just to accentuate the dialogue in this issue, not the other way around. There are several pages where itâ€™s just him talking about his new house, his new graduate school, trying to find good friends in the new area, etc. And he still somehow manages to make it the best book of the series. This felt more like an extended letter froma long lost friend than anything else, and thatâ€™s an impressive accomplishment. Thereâ€™s also a foreward from a friend, a long afterward and a pretty extensive interview with Ryan about all sorts of things. If youâ€™re frightened by that $8 price tag, all I can say is that if youâ€™ve seen the other issues of this series you know that these books are made with pure love (and some sort of paste), and it shows after one look at this thing. Itâ€™s also right around 100 pages of pretty dense text, so youâ€™re definitely getting your moneyâ€™s worth if youâ€™re a fan. If youâ€™re not a fan, you should really think about checking out some of the older, cheaper, fuzzier issues first and then see what youâ€™re missing here.