Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Mark Arnold reviews Flying Starts + Bardin The Superrealist

Flying Starts

Greek cartoonist Arkas has had his comic book stories about birds translated into English for the very first time in this first of many future volumes. The stories originally appeared in 1991 and are strongly reminiscent of a cross between Jeff MacNelly’s Shoe and Russell Myers Broom Hilda in design and execution. In these stories, it is about a single father bird raising his son in a world of smog, garbage and other conflicts. The resulting stories are both heartwarming and humorous and highly entertaining.

Bardin the Superrealist

Like a mad cross between Charles Schulz’ Peanuts, Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo and a Salvador Dali painting, comes Bardin. Artist and writer Max (no last name) has taken this strip, which originally appeared in Drawn and Quarterly and has published this hardback compilation of stories. Most of the stories only run one page or two and vary between the traditional “gag-a-day” Sunday strip to extremely surreal and psychedelic. If you are a fan of the D&Q material or material drawn by the similar style of Seth, then give this book a read.

Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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