As appropriate as Twitter may seem for posting these truncated mini-reviews, it soon became obvious to us that there was never enough space in 140 characters to do the comics justice, let alone give our comments context. So here you will find our original comments plus a few added "director's-cut" extras thrown in for good measure.
We meant: Loin-cloth-wearing Crank Ludlow pretty much sets the tone for the anthology. A charismatic prankster, his adventures are solely about forcibly imparting his snot onto others via his feet. He even manages to booger-kick Bob Dylan (but not quite Richard Nixon, for shame).
We meant: There's really no good way to cover an entirely visual comic in the space of a tweet. The potential sexuality comes from the sheer amount of things being ejected from and entering into holes in this symbolic cyclical depiction of life and death.
We meant: The highlight of this comic features pathos and hubris collapsing down onto the unfortunate peanut-mascot as he fights a valiant losing battle against an army of squirrels. You can't ask for more out of two pages, really.
We meant: The main interest we found in this cannabis-scented comic was just how much it appeared a product of its time. Not just because of the Cold War references, either. It's interesting to imagine a time where weed-humour had such powerful currency. I hear that they are making a third Harold & Kumar
We meant: Being a big fan of the Sunday strip format, I was pleasantly surprised by "Murray's Garbage Worms Inc." which features the titular worms (the least rigid working stiffs ever) cast as a garbage demolition crew. Not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny, there's a wry simplicity to the punchlines that reminds me a little of Andy Capp. Nowhere near even remotely close to the league of Peanuts, though, obviously.
We meant: This is really an interesting mini-comic. In some ways, it feels more like a sampler or demonstration from the artist than anything else. In its multitude of earthbound items, the "wingless chicken" has to be our number-one choice.
We meant: Just as we claimed that Geary's The Book of Falling was our favourite-so-far, he immediately trumps himself with this throughly entertaining comic that features a late-night radio personality covering the minutia that's too inconsequential to be real news.
We meant: There's something about the simple visual puns of Nart that communicate the sheer joy of drawing for fun's sake. The image on the back cover of this issue is the most appealing art work we've seen so far; a slightly masonic one-eyed rose growing from the eye-socket of a buffalo skull. Neat-o.