- Posted by Johanna on November 11, 2008 at 10:35 pm
- Category: Minicomics
One last post about the minicomics I saw for this year’s Isotope Award. These didn’t make my top nominee list, but there was something interesting about each of them worth mentioning.
Moe by Daniel Salcido — Cute fable about a boy who dreams of being a destructive giant until he’s redeemed by his girl friend. The art’s a little *too* simplistic, although I liked the detail of the milk-carton village they built.
Fitcher’s Bride by L. Skinner — A 24-hour comic retelling of a Bluebeard-like tale. Fascinating topic, great character design, I like the knitting motif, but the art’s much too rough because of its origins, and the captions are hard to read. Too ambitious for the time period, I fear; I would like to see it finished and polished.
The Society of Unordinary Young Ladies by Algarmi and D.Y. — The concept will tickle many people’s fancy. The girls of Facts of Life are U.S. assassins, only they’re not very good at it. Also appearing are Charles (in Charge) and Buddy. The art is attractively cartoony, but they’re not great likenesses. I wouldn’t have recognized the characters without the names and combination of appearances. It’s more entertaining to hear about than actually read, because the actual story is tedious.
Epic Tales of the Mundane #5: Please Don’t Show My Parents (or the Government) These Comics! by Brandon Huigens and Brad Dwyer — A story that not many will be familiar with, but a lackluster presentation. The writer went into the Army out of high school and then fakes his way out of it. He was a pathetic, angry kid, and a loser adult, concerned only with minimizing harm to his own skin. He doesn’t appear to have learned anything from these experiences, and he skates over what happened with little insight. The art is serviceable but lacks the emotional impact that would provide this story some necessary grounding and structure.
Florride by Amy Martin — A lovely, strongly female-identified anthology that includes sketches, short strips, and comic stories. The lead is a real gut-punch, about a woman facing the loss of the child that she and her now ex-boyfriend might have had by arguing with a bureaucratic angel secretary. It’s funny, imaginative, and heart-breaking. The one-pager taking a modern, passive-aggressive approach to the Little Red Hen is also memorable. This one is the best of this bunch, but it didn’t make my top listing because the second long story veered from sledgehammer to unfocused. (It reminded me of wannabe Molly Kiely, seeking escape in the desert.) Which is the risk with a collection like this, that some of the material will strike the bullseye and other will go far afield in the reader’s eye. Worth checking out, anyway, to see if you react differently.
There was also one I can’t identify. It was an odd, wordless piece about cavemen and dinosaurs done in deep, murky colors. It’s untitled, but by Joseph Lambert. His website doesn’t seem to mention it. Which is my cue to remind me to put basic identifying information on your comic, like the title, and to make sure your website is updated to cover your latest publications.