Beat Girl Comics / Al Ewing
12 pages of Rogue Trooper fan comic art that really should have stayed un-seen and preferably non existent. The concept : Rogue Trooper manipulated into a dance-off with Elvis by a French and a German megalo-Nationalist could work, but the genius is so spoilt and disorganised, the execution so lousy, the artwork a parody of effort and a total lack of artist to reader relationship.
Its a dreadful shame, because the opening page is in fact quite brilliant, vital reprecussions of the most surreal work of Steve Ditko and the cosmic of Jack Kirby find their way on to the page. Gave me the impression I was in for quite a treat.
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UPDATE : This review may seem somewhat harsh. i guess i am extremely annoyed at the possibility of such a poor quality strip being published to 20 or however many copies. Al's Future Shock story online, pointed out on the main Bugpowder blog by Matthew, seems on first glance, more readable and charming . It can be found within this section of his homepage.
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Emboldened subtitle proclamation of the central feature of Neill Cameron's bumper compendium of Dumbass Comics #1-3 (and i suspect, bonus material), from six or so years previous. Yes, the unlikely protagonistts are city binmen in a cyborg ninja rave drug love multi-media world not unlike our own. So yeah, Cameron places chunky blackbs by fine lined rectangular constructions in a very pop fashionable style. Devoid of any 'wisdoms of the ages' he makes it up for it by creating fast-paced good-looking set pieces of entertainment, apparent in confidence and with not a faltering. Cameron shows intimate knowlege of his characters and their world with the markmanship of a professional first-week wonder. This was one of the grand fun comics of its time and this comic is relevant in the same way.
Also, its affectionately priced for what you get and if you order your copies from Jay and Selina at Factor Fiction Press . Neill has generously agreed to donate funds to the running costs of next years Caption festival . This guy is definitely poped !
Be sure to check out Neill's forthcoming collaboration with Rich Johnston,'Political Creatures. I am loooking forward to it immensely.
For sales and info on this and other comics by the creator, check out his website.
"Very funny and highly recommended" - Comics International
"A super-cool artist with a nice line in Clerks/Pulp Fiction- style dialogue" - Borderline
"Offensive even to non-catholics" - Poopsheet Reviews
by Matt Boyce
Tragicomic character in situation placing that resulted in allowing me some laughter. Incredible childishness, cruelty, naivety, and I think this will make the perfect present for a friend.
I read this post-booze, writhed with laughter and got it straaight away. I'm tired now and my head hurts and I'm not so sure. I recall writing something on a scrap of paper proclaiming Boyce as the next Ralph Kidson. Which hes not, hes Matt Boyce. Anyway, check this out, its fucked up in a lovely way that a well presented comic book can be.
About £1.50 from Mamtor publishing, http://www.mamtor.com you can buy from.
And Rich Johnson was sat next to him at the Brighton Comics Expo, and i reckon he'd have no problem saying, 'go and buy this, its good drugs'.
I'll post the other review up here when i find it.