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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Even More Fund Comics Review

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Even More Fund Comics
Sky Dog Press; $10

Even More Fund Comics, sequel to More Fund Comics, is an anthology by dozens of creators put together to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The material ranges widely in terms of length, art, storytelling, subject matter, and skill.

There are one-page stories like "The Early Bird Special" by Howard Porter, which sees a thinly veiled Superman and Batman running into each other at a diner and commiserating over their jobs.

There are teasers for upcoming comics; for example, the "Samurai: Heaven & Earth Prelude" provides a glimpse at the art for the Dark Horse comic coming out in December.

There's even a sketchbook featuring contributions from artists such as Jeff Johnson, George Perez, Steve Rude, Frank Cho, and Mike Wieringo.

And there's a variety of other comics ranging from short self-contained stories to teasers to whet your appetite for more, which, for many of the comics, is often available online.

But my absolute favorite is the laugh-out-loud funny "Monkey in a Wagon vs. Lemur on a Big Wheel" by Ken Lillie-Paetz and Chris Moreno. The title alone made me have to put down the book, I was laughing so hard. Check out a glimpse of the Spy vs. Spy-like insanity at the Monkey Pharmacy website.

Other gems include "Bad Influences" by Ande Park and Mike Hawthorne, where a toddler and babysitter have a Tom and Jerry style adventure while Mom's out. Actually the next story in the book, "The Wretch in Return of the Beacon" had some very nice pencils and inks. The story and pencils for this one were done by Phil Hester and inks by Bruce McCorkindale. Another nice contribution was Jai Nitz's and Shawn Crystal's "Slim Fulton: Steam Powered Cowboy," which I'd really like to read more of.

There are definitely pieces that just don't work very well in the book or really at all, but for the most part, Even More Fund Comics is pretty darn entertaining. At 192 pages for $10, which also benefits a good cause, it definitely provides some fun, light-hearted entertainment and is worth picking up.

Bottom Line: B

5 Comments:

  • At 1:00 PM, October 20, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I dug the book...but sadly due to space constraints my BEAR SUITS story was edited from 5 pages to 2. Sad, because now it doesn't make as much sense as it should have... but still...good book.

    Neil Kleid

     
  • At 5:28 PM, October 21, 2004, Blogger Erin M. Schadt said…

    Ouch -- five pages cut to two is pretty dramatic. Any chance we'll see the long version of the comic anywhere?

     
  • At 6:30 AM, October 22, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hopefully. Paul Cote and I have pitched it to several publishers... and if it doesn't get picked up we're thinking of self-publishing it... but it's a tricky book to publish because in essence, it's an "Eltingville" style industry in-joke book. So we'll see.

    Hopefully.

    -Neil

     
  • At 9:11 AM, November 23, 2004, Blogger Chris said…

    Hi Erin,

    Glad you dug Monkey Vs. Lemur! Me and Ken have plans to do more in the near future. We'll be sure to keep you posted.

    Thanks,
    Chris Moreno

     
  • At 10:09 AM, November 23, 2004, Blogger Erin M. Schadt said…

    Please do keep me posted Chris -- I can't wait to see more!

     

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