Racecar Comics #3
Huzzah, we have an e-mail! Send all mail up to that link at the top of the page, if you’re curious about this stuff. This issue is another full length tale, this time with various assorted beings taking a shot at becoming the next Mouse Skull star. It’s a parody of both American Idol and the old Legion of Super Heroes stories where the losers would try to join. In here you have Fluffy the Jungle Bunny, Mister Mann Who Wears Pants, Octo-Jesus (who brings down the wrath of Angry Jesus), Break Dancing Buddha, and Nebulous Man, among many, many others. There are more than a few funny moments in here, and some that fall flat, but it’s a fun little book for only a buck. I still prefer the shorter gag format for Matt, but oh well. Oh, and it still mostly looks like crap, in case you were somebody who only reads the gorgeous comics. $1
Racecar Comics #2
How is it possible to put out two issues of a comic series and give no indication in either of any sort of contact information? Unless maybe these comics only exist at cons and it’s not possible to get them anyplace other than SPACE, or he doesn’t want anybody to read these. The second issue is a departure from the first, as this a cover-to-cover story, not a series of gags like last time. This one had its moments, but I honestly miss the gags. It’s the story of Iguana and Beer wandering around, dealing with the White Witch (of Narnia, and Matt’s hoping very much he doesn’t get sued), smoking some Narnia weed and ending up in hell. Oh, and starring in their own movie. It’s a convoluted tale, no doubt about it. Also more than occasionally amusing, like when the robber looked just like the guy from old Atari game Kaboom. This is definitely in the “low brow” scale of entertainment, but fun enough for what it is. It still looks like crap though, don’t be fooled there. Anyway, all of this is moot because this comic only exists on the computer screen you are currently viewing, as Matt Dow has no contact information. One of these days I’ll solve this mystery, until then you have to content yourselves with the sample.
Racecar Comics #1
Sketchbook funnies! There, that’s all a bunch of people are going to need to know about this one. It looks like crap (but well-intentioned crap), but it has a good number of funny strips. Matt started doing these at cons to sort of cover for his friend Kelly Howlett while she was doing serious sketches, they got a bit of a following and he decided to put them all in a book for a dollar. Topics include why he’s not an artist, animals, stuff he’ll probably get sued for (mostly parodies of trademarked comic book characters), musical strips, things sure to offend people, and completely random stuff. The musical stuff didn’t do much for me at all, everything else had at least a few funny strips, my favorite being the one about the hamburger. Also on the flip side is two of Matt’s characters (he has another comic coming soon), Iguana and Beer, stumbling across the corpse of Cerebus at the end of that series. He got Dave Sim to go along with it, but it’s a pointless little story. Still, what better place for a pointless little story about one of your favorite comic people than your very own mini comic? Can’t begrudge the man that, and it’s probably cute to the super duper Cerebus fans. Personally I still haven’t finished the series (I’m at about #275, not that that has anything to do with anything), but it was one of those formative things that led me into all these other small press comics, so there will always be more than a little love there for me. And what did that have to do with anything? Oh well. Matt also spent a fair amount of time in the back of the book trying to figure out what he forgot, and I figured it out: contact information! He left it for his friend Kelly Howlett (www.kellyhowlett.com) so just check out her stuff instead, I guess… $1