Ed’s MoCCA Comics

Review by Ed Sizemore

To make the reviews more manageable, I divided the material I bought at MoCCA into floppies and books. Here are floppies; the book reviews will follow soon.

Doctor Canacki #1, 2
Art by Maaren Vande Viele, story by Stefan Nieuwenhuis, published by Bries
This book is in Dutch, which I can’t read. I picked it up because I loved the art and the retro 60s feel of the book. The interior art is gorgeous black and white. I love how Vande Viele has the foreground and background blend into each other at times to add to the psychedelic feel of the book. A preview of each can be seen here.

Human on the Inside
by Mike Zagari, published by comixels.com
This is a good opening chapter. I do have a problem with the character design of the lead male. The art reminds me of Paul Pope but with thicker lines and less detail. This definitely leaves me wanting more. Preview pages are available at comixels.com.

Robot13: Colossus! #1
story by Thomas Hall, art by Daniel Bradford, published by Blacklist Studios
The art and feel of the book is very similar to Mignola’s Hellboy. I’m a huge fan of Hellboy, so I’m already predisposed to like this book. The first issue didn’t disappoint. I plan to pick up future issues. A preview is available here.

Comic Book Comics #2,3
written by Fred Van Lente, art by Ryan Dunlavey, published by Evil Twin Comics
Action Philosophers made me a devotee of Evil Twin Comics. This new series is just as good. This is the best introduction to the history of American comics that I’ve come across. Highly recommended.

THB: Comics from Mars #1
by Paul Pope, published by AdHouse Books
This is my first exposure to Pope’s THB universe. I can see what the fuss is about. This book has great art and compelling stories. I’ll definitely be reading more THB stories. A preview is available here.

I Love Sex
by Martina Fugazzotto
Given their length, these comics can’t be a comprehensive guide to sex education. They’re excellent conversation starters. I do wish that sex was discussed more in the context of a committed relationship. At times, these books make sex appear as simply another recreational activity. Martina talks about her “hot boyfriend”, but he comes across as more sex toy than partner. You can read this series online at gurl comix.

Pandora’s Box (assembled)
by Ken Wong
This is a clever way to tell the myth of Pandora, and it’s an attractive desk item, too. It’s a comic in the shape of a box. Wong does a great job with the story and the design of the comic. When you get to the part where Pandora opens the box, you have to open the comic box to see what happens next. It’s getting the little details right that make this a wonderful origami comic. I highly recommend this.

Schrodinger’s Cat (assembled)
by Ken Wong
This comic is in the shape of those paper fortune tellers everyone my age made, and played with, in elementary school. This is actually two comics. One side is a brief explanation of Schrodinger’s thought experiment. Wong makes an excellent point on how comic readers will find theories of alternate universes familiar. The other side is a list of every animated or comic cat with a joke related to Schrodinger’s theory. Another highly recommended comic.

The Dollar Dreadful Library
by Tania Del Rio & Wilhelm Staehle
These are not comics, but rather illustrated short stories. They are a pastiche of the old Penny Dreadful tales. I bought all six of the available stories and enjoyed each one as a light read. Hopefully, Del Rio & Staehle will continue to add to this library. I would love to see them write enough stories to gather them into a nice trade paperback. Previews of the stories are available at Dollar Dreadful website.

The Unwritten
by Mike Carey & Peter Gross, published by Vertigo
This was the free comic given to all attendees of MoCCA. It’s okay. It has some good ideas and good art. I just didn’t connect with any of the characters. I definitely wouldn’t follow this monthly. The story pace is too slow. This is a series I might try the first trade to see if the ideas and characters become better developed. You can download a preview here.

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