For those not familiar with John Cake's 'The Bruising Pit', it chronicles the travels of a sideburned Geordie, a skull in a suit and a talking washing machine as they visit pubs, pool tables and celebrities. I've previously compared it to the early work of comedian Vic Reeves, and if you think of those huge head photo masks with a glare he used to wear, you'll get some idea of what Cake is doing. As frightening as it is funny, Cake's work has been seiously overlooked in favour of more profiled humourist cartoonists Kidson, Tripp, Northfield etc. While this new collection of mostly unseen material isn't as strong as the previous reprint collection, (it's form, one continuing story, rather than a broken bunch of bananna skins), it does skid to a marvellous finish. Free, or nearly free for further details, stop by the website, or contact John. While you're there, I'd also recommend enquiring about the previous anthology if you haven't already done so. It's a work of some high quality.
A5, card cover, 24 pgs