Young people have been making their own comics for longer than I've been alive. The warm world of the copier to the heat of electrolite, the internet transmits the form of storytelling in very different ways. Despite being near over a decade apart, these are worth remembering. Reviewing Book 1 of Little Terrors, I didn't mention Scrivens was 18 years old when putting it together. My cultural review didnt offer advice on ways round these shortcomings. Nor did it inform Jon that as a young punk artist with a love of an animated style, he should pay any notice to this seventies throwback reviewer. I really shouldn't have too, because this commuter town apocalypse 'Little Terrors' improves like the leap between print and internet.
As many webcomics scenesters know, its clear that Jon is a great talent. A formidable talent. A style alike those better innovators from the American-Canadian underground in the last 20yrs. Achieved expressionism, background work demonstrates a succeeding playfulness too with robust thought. Truthfully, Jon Scrivens is ready to work with a major publisher. "Case fucking closed."
The Book 2 collection doesn't tell this tale quite so well. The print has botched alignment. On the page the narrative and characters look more serious and gruff. The steady toning achieved through even and accomplished colouring is absent. Reading the book, this wasnt a problem. As Ralph Kidson reminded me this week commenting on my own work, my pencils are a form of colouring. Colour with black and white reproduction has its own charm. Ten to twelve pages of Chapter Five of Terrors (near the front of the book) appear blacked out, but by tilting the book in light, subtle grades of grey and black patterns reveal. Its a very different story to the one told online, one I enjoyed spending time with, implying I check out the original/variation.
The collection is about 100 pages and reprints Chapters 5-6 of the webcomic. I found some character writing too hundrum and some scenes uninteresting. The narrative and setting jumps around frequently, ideal for curious newcomers and for when Scrivens brings out his fun-sharing conviction. In the mix, this is an engaging read, engaging being at the very essence of webcomics.
Little Terrors Book 2 is available from Jon Scrivens for around £8-£10. Its 100 pages, with a colour cover and good binding. If you've not invested in LT in some shape of form, I think you ought to.
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