Six and Two Threes
Posted by Mardou
By Chris Doherty
Six and Two Threes is an issue zero Preview. It's easy to follow. Evan, a bittersweet fat kid is going to get wrongly arrested for murder. And here's how it all began.....
It's hard to know what to say about Six and Two Threes. For what it is (Grange Hill promising to be the Green Mile), it's fine. Chris Doherty renders the kids in a chunky, kinda-manga style, and for a first comic the standard's above par. There's a harmonious mix of narration and diaologue and Doherty knows how to visually tell a story.
Whilst displaying an ease of style and graphic confidence, my only reservation is that it's all a little bland. Evan's best friend, we're told 'rocks.Rocks hard'. But there's very little punk spirit in evidence. C'mon kids, shock me! Or at least try...
Still, I don't want to be unfair on Six and Two Threes as it's okay. And the world of small press (hell, even the big press!) needs more okay comics.
And who knows, by the next issue Chris Doherty may have started hanging 'round the local Spar asking elders to buy him that bottle of Mad Dog 20/20.
Six and Two Threes could just get interesting.
from Millenium Comics, Northwich
Dream Time #1 - #2
Posted by Mardou
By Colin J. Dinnie and Iain Buchanan
I’m being borne down in a torrent of slickness and pseudo-babble.
Dream Time #1 introduces us to the ‘Dream Warden’. He began as a ‘figment of our collective imagination, he’s the caretaker of the unconscious’. He looks a little bit like an elongated Orco from ‘Masters of the Universe’. I think I need a cup of coffee, sleep is not an option….
Dream Time is pretty dire. A bland blonde and a craggy Morgan Freeman type (a Vietnam vet just in case you were wondering how lazy the characterization was going to get) are brought together – in dream time- to, wait for it “help people in their dreams?”
Carl Jung (poor chap) is dragged in to give the ‘Dream Time’ concept a bit of undeserved intellectual credibility. In reality the Jungian pretentions are just a lame plot device on which to hang lots of weary, shop-worn stories. Dream Time #2 has the medieval knight story, next up promises to be a Quantum…sorry, Dream leap into a Hollywood noir type story. It’s not the unoriginality of the stories or the pretending to be clever that bugs me so much, it’s that the writer has absolutely nothing to say. There’s no charm in the script, no attempt to create memorable characters. There’s nothing much here except a burning ambition to be much better than they are.
The result? A story flimsier than the tracing paper it was probably drawn on.
Still, it’s very nicely stapled, so if you’re a fan of staples give this a go.
£1.50 from Smallzone
Space Monkeys #2
Posted by Andrew Luke
Tim Brown, 22 Woodborough Drive, Winscombe, Somerset, BS25 1HB.
It's got Tim doing some of his funniest work, and some top stuff by Cousin Rich, Matt Trimby and Rik Hoskins.
I'm not reviewing detail of this comic.
As to why, because it's great. It only costs 50p, and an A5 stamped addressed envelope.
50p could buy you putrid coffee, a lot of chocolate which you'd regret. You may waste it on cigarettes.
Know about this comic? Leave your comments on Tim's genius with the linkwindow below. We'll shift these.
(Two to Beam Up#3 also available. £2. Review may follow)
Posted by Andrew Luke
by Debra Boyask
"what wasn't really talked about at all.... inane workplace conversation, medical insurance, mortgage rates and clearing leaves out of the guttering"
Eleven different strips, diary excerpts including recollections in much the same community form as her previous works. Theres some stuff I didn't know about, like the cost of waxing, and some strong puns that brought me to manifesting my laughter more.
One of the things I enjoy about the annual Caption festival is the chance to find great comic booklets like this.
I sit at home, seat couch, by table: It seems Debra is about to tell me a previously untold tale or come at me unexpected. Personal thanks. Everyone - enjoy!
Debra, PO Box 1961, Christchurch, NZ