A mix-bag of three and four panel newspaper-style strips (or properties, the appeal of which are, presumably, lost on press editors), this attractive, landscape publication produced by Dave Evans is not remotely satisfying, but offers glimpses of the skilful writing and cartooning ability of some small press talents eager to thrive in confined space and just maybe secure a foothold in the world of strip syndication. Indeed, as one who has always preferred reading about short newspaper strips to actually reading the things, for the most part I can detect no absence of professional quality in this work, though the poignancy of a Lynda Barry, the hilariousness of a Max Cannon, or the originality of a Jesse Reklaw, is sorely lacking.
Working best (and best workable) in this unflattering, non-complementing accumulation are Mark Woodland's Mike The Monk and Gervais Edwards: Psychic Defective by Clements and Stonebridge, both of which operate from absurd situations that are inherently funny. Comicana Miscellania by Berridge and Harper plays inventively with the artist/creation relationship to diverting effect, and the text-piece by Ed Berridge, a potted history of the short comic strip, provides a concise overview of its chronology. Overall, Lost Property is worth a casual goo; there are polished cartoonists aplenty in this collection, and capable-but-hindered scripters satisfied to deliver sorry gags and flat adventure. No different to the regular newspaper fare, then.