Double Dip #1
Hooray for the double comic! I don’t know why more small press people don’t do these, as you would think that it would expose both creators to the audience of the other guy, which would have to be a good thing. Then again, it’s generally a pain in the ass to collaborate with most creative types, your work might get lost in the ether if something goes wrong with the printing that’s not your call, with the incestuous nature of small press comics it’s probably going to be mostly the same audience anyway, etc. Eh, whatever, I still appreciate them. So anyway, the comic itself. The stories are in the reverse order that you would think from looking at that cover, just in case you wanted to find something to complain about right away. Tom Cherry and his “Those Funky Idiots” are up first with a tale about getting three wishes and the inevitability of screwing them up, but he throws in a bit of a time travel angle that makes it pretty funny. All of his characters also seem to exist in a void, as there’s nothing resembling a background anywhere, but it works for this story. Dale Martin is up next with Watusi The Talking Dog, as Watusi meets an alien creature that can turn into any type of dog. It was intriguing, but it probably would have made more sense if his story was self-contained like the Tom Cherry story. I’m curious to see what happens next, but there’s no indication where that might occur or what number of the series I could read to see it. That was probably a mistake, but the story itself has a few funny moments in its six pages. Overall I’d say it’s worth a look if you’re wondering about these two guys. They also offer a color cover for $.50 more, but there’s something decidedly odd about it. Look at them both and see if I’m crazy at Tom’s website. $1
Watusi the Talking Dog #2
OK, this isn’t your traditional comic (whatever that is), but it’s a good enough idea that I wanted to mention it on my page. It’s your traditional 4 panel gag strip, basically, with a twist: it’s a jam comic. Meaning that Dale usually writes the first panel, sometimes the last, and lets other people fill in the rest of it. The results in this book ranged from cute to stupid, but I wanted to let all the comics people who read this site (not that there are hundreds of you or anything, but whoever happens to catch this) know that there’s a jam comic out there. Sure, a talking dog might seem like a silly concept to a lot of to work with, but make it your own! It doesn’t matter what you think of that first panel, make the rest of it your own. That’s the whole point of this type of thing. E-mail the guy or submit some work to: P.O. Box 442612 Lawrence, KS 66044.