The Titusville Geek by Pat Lewis
I suppose context is important in reviews. If I were judging this book just from the perspective of any old mini comic, Iâ€™d say that it was an enjoyable enough little story. Judging it from the perspective of so many of his other minis, which are so often an absolute blast, Iâ€™d have to say I was a little let down. This is a campfire story told to a bunch of little kids about the old geeks in the circus. If youâ€™re not aware of what they are, they were usually drunks who were willing to do anything for their booze, and they spent their time in a dingy cage, surrounded by their own filth, biting the heads off chickens and generally behaving like an animal. Pat seems to think these people were mostly stupid or actually retarded, which isnâ€™t something Iâ€™ve heard to explain the geeks, but itâ€™s not like Iâ€™m an expert on the subject (insert â€œYeah, but youâ€™re geeky enough to run a comics website!â€ joke here). It has its moments, to be sure, like when the geek sets off the town to destroy the circus by biting the head off a small child, but overall it just isnâ€™t as good as some of his other books. Not the harshest criticism in the world, I know, but itâ€™s the best I can do. My advice is to check out many of his other fine works displayed on this page and then circle back to this if that makes you love his work, which I would think it would have to if you have a sense of humor at all.