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Martin, Dale – Watusi the Talking Dog #23



Watusi the Talking Dog #23

Wow, there’s been a slight gap in coverage of this book over the years, wouldn’t you say?  I’m instantly impressed when a book gets as high as #23, even if, in this case, Dale is more of a ringleader than the sole force responsible for putting the book out.  OK, he is the one who does that, but his main job is to get people to finish their panels and get everything back to him.  All of these are four panel strips, Dale always has one panel (usually the first one to get the ball rolling), and in this issue Tom Cherry gets the last panel.  In between you get Mark Morehouse, Larned Justin, Chris Garrett, Jennifer Hachigan, Michael A. Carroll, Matthew Corrigan, Dan Lauer, Keith O’Brien, David McGhee, Drew Boynton, Steve Willhite, Greg Gildersleeve, Owen Egan, Ryan Curran and Joyce Curran.  Topics in here include inventions, China, late night, time travel, a barking contest, the lottery, Watusi’s sister, aliens, a flood, and health food.  Tom only goes to the “it was all just a dream” well once, which is good, but overall this thing is more than a little uneven.  Hey, it’s a jam comic, I think it’s supposed to be uneven.  There are a few funny moments, even more unfunny moments, and a whole lot of confusion in between.  Still, what Dale is doing here is admirable, and some of you artist types reading this should try putting together your own Watusi strips with a couple of your friends and see what happens.  I doubt that it’s as easy as it looks… $1


Hachigan, Jennifer – Pocket Editor #3


Pocket Editor #3

Here’s a great concept for a comic, and one that’s sadly needed with the number of typos I see in mini comics: put definitions of words at the bottom of the page. “You’re”? Contraction of you are. “Your”? Possessive pronoun, used as an adjective that precedes a noun. Naturally, it doesn’t matter how informative the book is if the story sucks, and it’s hard to tell on this one because it’s too short. It’s a little tale about some people at a beach losing their car keys when it starts to rain, in case I never mention that sort of thing any more. A fun story and a fun concept, plus it’s only $.50, so check out the contact info above and send her some money!

Hachigan, Jennifer – Lore #7


Lore #7

Upon further review (i.e. I’ve read one more issue), it looks like this series is a lot of fun. Put out a graphic novel, that’s what I say. The reviews at the start of the book of past issues are nice, but this is definitely the kind of thing that would be much better if it was read in chunks. I’ve read it small bits and it’s still a lot of fun. This one is mostly about a mysterious man who’s hunting vampires (I think) and Lore, the telekinetic werewolf finally meeting. Actually, that happens at the end, but the rest of it is about them going about their business. Great dialogue, a lot more of the story is making sense to me now, which brings me back to my whole “graphic novel” point. If you’re going to check this out you should get a few in a row just to get a feel for what’s going on, but I definitely think (after reading a couple) that it’s worth checking out. In a world where comics were published regularly I think this would be picked up in a heartbeat. Contact info is up there, check it out…

Hachigan, Jennifer – Lore #6


Lore #6

The problem with continuing series is that I have real basis to review except on its own, and often it doesn’t make much sense on its own. Let’s see here, there’s a robot, a telekinetic werewolf (maybe), a woman who’s also a cat… and most of them spend the day chatting around a lunch table. The dialogue seemed natural and funny at times, which is starting to become rare in some of these random SPACE comics I’ve been reading. The art is good, if simple and a bit lazy (hardly any backgrounds anywhere, for one thing). I didn’t see much happen but this seems like it would be a nice, fun little comic about everyday things with extraordinary people and creatures wandering around. Maybe the big story is stupid, but if it isn’t this would at the very least be a fun thing to check out. Go to her website to see what she has available (ten issues of this as of 5/1/02) or just send her an e-mail and chat with her. Here, look at this and see what you think.