Our past Newave roundups can be found on the following pages: 1-10 and 11-20. Ta-da!
Although I didn't realise it then (I'm actually reading these mini-comics for the first time as I tweet about them), this fun collection of far-fetched illustrations sets the tone for our third review omnibus well, with over half of the subsequent comics featuring either a similar format and/or strange monster-like creatures. We get points for the super classy Sartre quote, right?
It's a very simple premise, but it's definitely one of my favourite minis of the collection so far. The anxiety of being separated from the last piece of food on the plate by ineffective tools and poor self-coordination is surely one of the great existential levelers. Consequently, The Eternal Conflict becomes one of the most comedic pieces so far. Of course, the relatability bar hasn't been raised high, with the anthology being (up to this point) mainly being comprised of monstrous tits, cocks, and foot-boogers.
25: Clyde – The Pizz, 1984, Pizz Publications
The problem with this being the longest, is that there was no way to describe it succinctly on Twitter. Like the violently anarchic episode of Last of the Summer Wine we've all desperately wished for, Clyde is a comedy of errors, in which the title character goes from one painful disaster to the next. Also, just like most of the cast of Summer Wine, Clyde ends up dead. Apologies for the very UK-specific reference, there.
Doubtlessly dedicated to the spirit of any schoolboy who's taken the artisan activity of drawing cocks and tits to the next level by introducing scenario-based puns; Food for Thought attempts to solicit laughs through the pairing of sex and food service. The masturbatory employee referenced in the tweet is labeled a "Soda Jerk", whilst a waitress lactating into a drink receives the caption of "Milk Shake". This one definately brings back beautiful memories of a simpler, more puerile time.
A varied array of influences crash together here (medieval art, tengu-like robot toys, fish flutes) to create some genuinely terrifying images. Partly comedic and partly macabre, Roden and Ryan succeed in giving me a thorough case of the willies.
When not scrawling cocks or tits into schoolbooks, a great secondary distraction at school was always doodling pictures of mathematics teachers getting eaten by King Ghidorah. Regular ATF readers know that I've never made my love of giant monsters a secret, so it should be no surprise that I wholeheartedly approve of this combination of original illustration and warped photo-collage. Featuring many famous Kaiju, this mini is sure to remind monsterphiles everywhere of the joy of all things large and scaly from post-war Japanese monster cinema. Godzookie, unsurprisingly, doesn't make an appearance, poor guy (/ gal).
29: Trick or Treat #2 – Michael Roden, Bob X, R.K. Sloane, Andy Nukes, 1987
As you can see by the awkwardly-taken picture above, Fantagraphics have pretty much ensured that the work in Newave! is pretty much impossible to pirate: the book's too thick to scan and the printing and paper is too nice and glossy to take a flash photo of. Above to the right is the image in question, looking like a strange interpretation of Panter's Jimbo via the tribal shapes of Fleener #1.