- Posted by Johanna on October 24, 2006 at 8:22 am
- Category: Graphic Novel Reviews
- CREDITS: by James Kochalka
- PUBLISHER: Top Shelf Productions; $17.95 US
Pinky & Stinky are two cute little pigs who also happen to be astronauts. They’re on their way to Pluto when they crash-land on the moon and get captured by moon-men. Now, you’re either thinking “that sounds cute” or clicking to another review in disgust. James Kochalka’s work often works that way. This isn’t a book for everyone, and that’s ok. (Although if you do try it, there’s a character for you, an astronaut who doesn’t like the pigs and says “the whole thing is moronic.”)
For those who do appreciate his fluid lines and simple design, though, there’s humor and sadness and adventure and clever inventiveness and a statement against piglet bias, all in his unique style. The pigs, for example, are made up of a block for their body, four little blocks for legs, a curly tail, a head shape in a bubble (for their space helmets), and a round nose with two dots. Come to think of it, maybe those blocks are a spacesuit. It’s not really important.
It’s an imaginative journey, reminiscent of a children’s story told over several nights. There’s a feeling of “and then what happened?” throughout the book, as the adventure continues.
There’s a preview available at the publisher’s website.