Numb + Science
Small wonder why this won a Xeric Grant. Joshua Kemble’s beautifully drawn, sincerely scripted. The ending feels a little abrupt, and thus a little pat rather than the revelation that breaks the main character’s numbness, but it’s ok, because this isn’t a narrative so much as an illustration of that terrible fugue that comes with heartbreak, and that Kemble captures perfectly. The art is duotone, using a pale blue to radical effect. If Kemble keeps making comics, you’ll see his art on a gallery wall next to Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns in no time.
The theme of science (not so much as sci-fi as you’d think) drives the Savannah College of Art and Design’s annual departmental anthology. You know, there are so many professionals busting their butts in the comics market, trying to put out a quality book and keep their stars on the rise, and the bundle of them get wiped to the side by the earnest efforts burning in this book. Talent crackles out of it. The best brochure SCAD’s sequential art major could print, and far more engrossing than a pamphlet at 278 pages.
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.