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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Dimona Comix Group Spotlight

Dimona Comix Group, a small publisher in Israel, has been featuring their comics in the last few Previews, and I’m here to say their work is definitely worth taking a look – actually once you’ve taken one look, you’ll want to take another … and another. Here’s a spotlight on three of the publisher’s newest offerings.

Dimona 2: Israeli Comix Anthology
$11.95; 16 pages, full-color
Creators: Ifat Cohen, Guy Morad, Meirav Shaul, Amitai Sandy, Michal Baruch

The number of pages in this anthology is deceptive – though only 10 pages of comics, there is a disproportionate amount of talent to those few pages. The size of the pages themselves isn’t what you may expect either – the book is 12 x 12 inches or the size of vinyl albums. The anthology contains five “stories” varying from pencil and ink to painting to mixed media. “My Fish Has Gone Away” by Ifat Cohen, which can be described as a painting set to a poem, is simply beautiful. I’d love to hang the two-page comic on my wall, it’s that nice. The last comic, “Lucky Star” by Michal Baruch, is similar in its stylized poetic way. Each comic, though quite different, had different attributes going for it – it’s an anthology you’ll find yourself flipping through multiple times.
Bottom Line: A-

Dimona 3: 4 Graphic Novellas
$9.95; 64 pages, full-color
Creators: Guy Morad, Michal Baruch, Meirav Shaul, Ifat Cohen

The same group of creators (minus one) is back for this anthology, which I consider the best comic of the three being reviewed here. Though “Dimona 2” was a little more style than substance, this anthology contains comics more focused on story than simply eye candy. Guy Morad starts off the anthology with “Get Lost,” which has a Daniel Clowes-like feel and look to it, with wonderful coloring to boot (see first pic). The story tells about two siblings who, though outwardly spar, really care about each other more than they let on. The second comic, “Sharona” by Michal Baruch, appears to be illustrated with pencils and paint. The story is about Sharona, who from childhood is sweet but sad, a sad she’s not able to shed even through adulthood, and we watch her try to shake the clinging sadness with limited success. In “A Nightly Adventure” Meirav Shaul revisits a character from the “Dimona 2” anthology. The main character is a young woman who talks to her stuffed animals, and they talk back. Though a very different comic, it still has a tone like Tony Millioniare’s “Sock Monkey” comics. Not as much surreal as it is absurd, though too coherent a plot to fall into either of those camps, the comic captures you easily. The last story, “Take Away” by Ifat Cohen is visually gorgeous and follows Indian immigrant taxi driver Raju Singa has he goes about his daily life, until fate steps in (see second pic). If you were to pick just one of the three to read, I would highly recommend this anthology. It is beautiful and well worth reading, and full color at this price is rare anymore. Pick this one up for sure.
Bottom Line: A

Shirley! A Sex Comedy
$9.95; 40 pages, full color, suggested for adult readers
Writer: Noa Abarbanel; Artist: Amitai Sandy

Another comic featuring nice art by Dimona Comix. The book follows Shirley as she tries to find a lover with the same irreverent sense of humor as herself, and struggles with the preconceived notions the world has about what is considered sexy. Though this was less my personal taste than the anthologies, it was a solid comic with talented art and writing.
Bottom Line: B

1 Comments:

  • At 1:25 AM, January 24, 2006, Anonymous Amitai Sandy said…

    Hey, thanks for the great review!
    As for Dimona 2: yeah, that's what we thought as well, everybody should get two copies: one to read and one to hang...

     

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