Sunday, July 3, 2022

Brendan McGinley:

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Unruly + Schadenfreude


A mixture of prose and comic, with a few pseudo-celebrity names involved. It’s a nice, tote-worthy size and weight, and takes a satisfying length of time to read. There’s some humor, a lot of irony, and a really stand-out piece of fiction by Stacy Pershall. Fan favorite Alex Robinson of Box Office Poison fame also turns in a pleasing alternate look at body issues and socialization of women. It will probably find more readers outside of the standard indie comic book audience than within, as it’s sort of a graphic-intense McSweeney’s.


Karl Christian is the writer and artist behind Schadenfreude, a stab at goth culture featuring total poseur Lord Byron, a mega-goth with more desperation than despair. Christian has one of the most idiosyncratic art styles in several years, something like what manga might look like had it originated in America, yet without appearing to be manga-influenced. It’s funny, and really gets its legs when Byron’s adventures stretch out a little, leading to a moment of epiphany spewed by an ailing drunk. Best enjoyed by a high-school students, only because that’s when this book’s characters and theses

Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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