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Kleid, Neil – Rant Comics #3


Rant Comics #3

How the heck could I have missed this guy? Sure, it’s only #3, but you’d think there would be a bigger stink about him. This was a solid, if not fantastic, book. A few stories in here. The first is part one of a larger series about suburbia and trying to get out of it. Yes, everybody and their brother has done a story about being tired of where they live, but Neil does it really well. Then there’s a tiny piece about Explodey the Clown, a great illustration that he can do humor as well as the serious stuff, and a great chance to see a ten year old child explode. The illustrated history of New Coke is great too, although the bit about the roller of spring rolls didn’t do much for me. But then, I’ve never had a job quite that awful, so maybe I just couldn’t relate. The art seemed a bit scrunched, if you must have a complaint. Was it shrunk down for the sake of fitting into the mini format or am I just being oversensitive? Whatever the case, get this book, read it, and enjoy it. Good work all around. Check out the website or send him an e-mail, this one was $2.

Mauled Anthologies – Mauled #2


Mauled! #2

There’s very little reason for me to write a review after you get a good look at that cover. You either think the idea is morbidly hilarious or you don’t. Well, in case you need any convincing at all, I’ll tell you what’s in here. There’s a woman who has a scalpel in her chest cavity, a man who loses a leg through prolonged incompetence, a small boy who loses his penis at an early age, and more stories about people screwed out of their rightful piles of malpractice money because of all those “anti frivolous lawsuits” bills that the Republicans have been passing for years than you can shake a stick at. That’s a long sentence, take a breath and read over it to make sure it made sense. Good? Good. If I could make a suggestion, I think the next one should be about people who put a variety of things in electrical outlets. Come on, we know the stories are out there! Here’s the talent that I knew: Neil Kleid, Mike Dawson, K. Thor Jensen, and Dave McKenna. Good stuff all around, it’s $3.75, send an e-mail!