The Short Term by Nick Jeffrey
Is a comic successful if I have no idea what to make of it? If thatâ€™s the case, kudos to Nick. This is the story of the last few days or weeks of the life of Jack Sanders, somebody that was obviously close to Nick, or at least a friend. No idea how much of this is taken from reality and how much of it is sheer artistic license, but itâ€™s a riveting book. Jack has very few priorities in life, and at the time of this comic heâ€™s unemployed but making plenty of money, so he has a lot of free time. Itâ€™s also at this time in his life that he finds out his mother needs a liver transplant, or at least a piece of a liver. Jack offers his, but there are complications, and here I am telling the whole story. What makes this whole story so hard to figure is that itâ€™s about nothing and everything at the same time. Jack is obviously having a great time with life, even as heâ€™s dealing with an ugly breakup, getting mugged and a dead roommate. Itâ€™s easy enough to read this as just all about him going through his days, getting fucked up and never having anything amount to squat, but thereâ€™s also genuine searching here, a longing to live up the hopes of his mother, however faintly and briefly. Donâ€™t take this the wrong way: your typical whiny, self-absorbed mini this is not. But I do believe that Nick has mastered nuance in comic form, and that along with his current mastery of humor and the ability to tell a good story makes him downright dangerous.