Friday, August 03, 2007

Friday Review - Everyone But Maggie

This week Eamon read Only Skin by Sean Ford:

Only Skin begins with a brother and sister arriving to claim their birthright, a gas station in the middle of nowhere. It's unclear where their father has gone and why he would leave his business. He's one of the several people that have recently vanished from a small mid western town.

The pacing of Only Skin is quiet and seems like it could be a Twilight Zone episode. Questions such as "Who or what killed the deer?" and "Who is the ghost?" suggest a larger narrative unfolding - hopefully one full of satisfying horrific events. All in all I enjoyed the subtle mood of the drawings and am looking forward to seeing where the story will continue in the next issue.


Lauren used Rilakkuma Relax Bear Container Set:

First I have to point out that they are adorable. There are 4 containers that nest within themselves. Each one is a different color with different pictures on the front. The first size is perfect for a sandwich, the second is good for a side like fruit or salad, the next one down would work well for some type of sweet and the last box is small but perfect for a dip or salad dressing.

This set is a perfect addition to a lunchbox, in fact my daughter is planning on stealing mine for her school lunch this year. But the set is also a perfect addition to a bento box for all those extras that just won’t fit.

These containers will make lunch fun again.


Rachel read Big Plans by Aron Nels Steinke:

I don't know if Aron is a smart ass but he certainly writes and draws like one. This autobiographical mini comic ruminates on the stupidity of collecting comics, comic shops and terrorist paranoia. And love.


Benn read Disquietville by Daniel Spottswood:
Averaging 18 color panels per page, Disquietville puts the "mini" in mini comics. But the small, consistent paneling suits Spottswood's playful narrative as he, in an Altman-esque fashion, tells the story of a handful of Disquietville residents whose lives intersect. Whether it's a lone cartoonist, a young couple of graphic designers, the asshole artist in his studio or the All-Mart counter clerk, each character represents a different type of artistic temperament. His characterization is masterful, and his ability to convey life in Disquietville in such minimal-yet-stylized panels is ridiculously compelling.

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