BEARQUEFT COMIX #1 (Spring 2017)
120 Gallagher Street, Unit A
Huntington, WV 25705
30 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, B&W (color paper cover), $5 US / $6 Can/Mex $10 world, trades yes
Described by the author & creator as a "collection of original comics, illustrations, and fake adverts" this is a pretty crisply designed and printed book with comics (Planet Man, who smells terrible), sketches I thiiiiink the artist did as a child (it's not totally clear who drew then and when, but there's a lot of "Jerry" who looks a lot like Fred Flintstone, and these hilarious 'art critics' who provide some commentary on the pieces), and some other artwork. Some cussing; not for kids; there's a mighty lot of bodily functions references in here (and some random naked folks) but there's also this great little bit at the end where you get to fill in the blanks and add your own dialogue, which I thought was pretty fun. Overall, it is pretty much a random collection of comics and illustrations, as well as a few fake ads thrown in there for reasons I'm not as sure about, but for a first issue it's generally well composed and designed. Let's see what #2 brings!
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