Stickboy returns after a decade-long hiatus and The Unexpuragated Tale of Lordie Jones gets some laughs from a story about a boy who tries to cheat the Tooth Fairy. Brendan McGinley takes a look at a few alternative comics currently on the market.
The Unexpurgated Tale of Lordie Jones
This comic has a real nice feel to it, by which I mean the texture before you even open the cover.
Inside, some smooth, sepia art with cross-hatching that doesn’t hurt to look at retells “an obscure Caribbean folktale” about a boy who tries to cheat the Tooth Fairy and gets a pig growing in his fanny for his confidence efforts.
This is a fun little tale, and but for the swearing and terrifying Tooth Fairy, could be a long-lost Roald Dahl tale.
Artist Marc Ngui might want to consider redrawing a few pages and passing this one around the children’s market in a clean version, but he doesn’t need to do anything to improve the version we see here.
Now here’s a unique creature. A foul-mouthed, furious stick figure sounds like the kind of drek that embodies alternative comics when they’re at their worst: crude material masquerading as mature, and lousy art that mistakenly believes alternative street credit is an excuse for being unable to draw.
But Dennis Worden’s Stickboy is none of those. It’s a funny book that dives into an ontological odyssey with a strange sense of agape cloaked in frustration with human nature. It’s not an autobiographical book, but the inspiration does seem to be Worden’s various misadventures.
This time around, Stickboy and his parallel-universe twin Blockhead try out the homeless existence, while Worden teaches the reader the secrets of zen street existence, and how defeating suffering is the key to a liberated soul.
It’s great stuff, highly recommendable.
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.