In Anticipation of Hugs by Neil Brideau
Ah, if only all minis with one panel strips were like this. Iâ€™ve had my issues with the single panel format, but this is how itâ€™s supposed to be done, and thereâ€™s also the not insignificant fact that there are plenty of free samples up at Neilâ€™s website, so anybody reading my rambles can easily make their own informed decision. Itâ€™s a simple idea but done to perfection: thereâ€™s a rotating cast of characters, centered around the sock monster also including a wise old skull, a inquisitive and slightly naive bug, a nasty and selfishâ€¦ um, luchadore, a guy with a present embedded in his headâ€¦ You know, they start getting surreal in a hurry, so Iâ€™ll leave it up to the reader to discover the rest of them. These friends and not friends mostly sit around, ruminating about the universe or the unfairness of various aspects of the universe, then go on to the next panel. Itâ€™s funny, that lettering is downright hypnotic, and thereâ€™s some serious inking going on. A lot of one panel strips rely on characters sitting mostly in a blank environment, but Neil clearly spends a solid chunk of time on each panel. This is well worth your time to seek out, proving once again that Short Pants has a damned near perfect track record in publishing quality comics.