Kerschbaum, John – Petey & Pussy #1
Petey & Pussy #1
This is a name that I’ve been hearing a lot about lately. Seems like I’ve seen him in an anthology or two here and there too. His style reminds me a little of some of the old J. D. King stuff that Fantagraphics used to put out, but he definitely puts his own spin on things. This is the tale of Petey and Pussy, a dog and a cat that inexplicably have the heads of old bald men. They live with a senile old woman and the problems start when Petey accidentally swallows a piece of glass while drinking from a broken liquor bottle. Whatever the noise is for this guy, it isn’t loud enough. If his other books are this funny (and they’re even funnier, if the blurbs on the back cover are to be believed) then he should be mentioned right up there with Johnny Ryan, Sam Henderson and Evan Dorkin. A bold statement after reading one book and I’m assuming a lot about the quality of the other stuff here, but there you go. I’m only going by one issue here but I liked it a lot. Any comic that makes me laugh out loud more than a few times gets my complete support. You can e-mail him to see what he has available or you can just ask for a free Fontanelle Press catalog. Not sure if that’s his publishing company or just the people he uses, but I’m sure they have a few of his older books available too. Let’s put it this way: if you like the sample page below, then you’ll love the rest of the book.