BALTIC COMICS MAGAZINE š! #4: Lost in the City (August 2009)
Cover by Paul Paetzel
Outside of Paul Paetzel's striking wrap-around cover art, the first thing that a reader will notice about š! #4 is how much weightier it feels. Featuring a marked improvement in binding, the issue comes in at 84 pages long, looking more like a miniature graphic novel than a simple magazine. Happily, the contents more than match the quality of its production, making, in my opinion, the most enjoyable issue yet.
More of a vignette than an actual story, it's nonetheless the piece that I've found myself revisiting most on subsequent reads of š! 1-5. Every panel is full of small details, and there always seems to be something new to look at. If you're really eagle-eyed, you might just spot a man with the most bodacious moustache in the history of sequential art. Kanamachi's work has been featured in the highly-regarded AX and she has at least one children's book out; I'll definitely be hunting down more of her work in the near future.