Sunday, July 3, 2022

Brendan McGinley:

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Seeing Things + Hunter & Painter

Seeing Things

Genre: Underground, Pin-ups/Art book

A lot of Fantagraphics art collections can be a bit obtuse to the unfamiliar reader (and reviewer), but Jim Woodring’s Seeing Things is clear where it stands. It stands in weird outlands, but it’s still clear. Woodring’s rich shading and colors are like some hyper-evolved Looney Tunes after 1,000 generations. Many of these figures are grotesque, even monstrous, but most seem to retain a peaceful sense of peace, like crocodiles just happy to exist, equally unexcited to sun themselves as to snap one’s face off. Set in rolling, green landscapes, they look like Salvadore Dali’s Teletubbies.

Hunter & Painter

Genre: Comedy

A fun and simple, little comic about two cavemen, whose names are their occupations and identities, and how alike their civilization is to ours (at least to the point when the spears get aimed). It’s a warm story, with neither character doing very well at his job until a single pass of fate cures both slumps. Written and drawn by Tom Gauld.

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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