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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Cornelia Cartoons

Cornelia Cartoons #4 #5 #9
16 Pages, $2, Trades

I’m glad Kel Crum sent 3 issues for review because this is one of those quirky comics that picks up momentum the longer you read. KC tackles the absurd and the mundane, and takes on the White House, the Media, the underground comic scene, liberal idiots, conservative idiots, embarrassing family members, hipster cliques, junk advertising, telemarketers, and pretty much everybody. I actually did laugh a couple times, but I find it something unsettling I can’t turn away from more than “funny.” This comic is absurd and mundane while poking fun at the absurd and mundane, which makes it slightly surreal. It’s worth a look. [scanned sample pages attached]

Kel Crum
32 W Goodman Dr #23
Fairborn OH 45324


  1. Monday, September 03, 2007
    Conelia Cartoons #9-Dangerous Bird Productions

    Cornelia Cartoons #9 is a 7" square black and white comic with 18 pages. $2.00.

    A Conelia Story "Sic Transit Cornelia" starts out simple enough with Cornelia at a small press comic show. She strikes up a friendship with a comic geek writer and one thing leads to another and before the story is over...oh, you'll just have to read it for yourself.....I don't want to give anything away. The fun is in the surprises. And this story keeps them coming. There are a few small bits that makes this a PG-13 story to my surprise and not sure those small parts were that needed to move the story along. The art is very simple and a bit on the amateurish side but the story more than makes up for it. This appears to be a small little story but takes you in big directions. Bravo to Kel and now I'm eager to see all his other comics! (3 out of 5 stars) Nice to see a long story that has a beginning, middle and end.

    Get the info on ordering at: www.dangerousbird.com or email him at: kmartin1001@yahoo.com

    Posted by http://smallpressnewsroom.blogspot.com/2007/09/conelia-cartoons-9-dangerous-bird.html
    at 9/03/2007 05:52:00 PM

  2. another opinion from small press news room....

    Cornelia Cartoons #5- Dangerous Bird Productions
    Cornelia Cartoons #5- Dangerous Bird Productions by Kel Crum. 6" x 6" booklet with color covers and 16 black and white interior pages. 5 short stories here. The first one is the longest: A Corenlia Story "Cause and Effect" by Kel Crum. This is the best of the batch and we find Corny (Cornelia) looking for a group to join. She finally ends up with The Protest Gypsies who have A.D.H.D. so switch to a new cause each week. As with most of Kel's stories there is a moral hidden in there someplace, if you can find it. This is good fun and has it's moments of heaviness which keeps you reading not knowing what to expect next. Some very strange characters along the way helps keep your interest. The art is loose and rough in parts but clearly the story is the main focus here. I liked the ending as well. The other tales are Cornelia at a book store and another one where she gets her 15 minutes of fame which is a nice "what if" story. There is a Ed Thud Story that sort of left me cold. Not sure where Kel is coming from with his Ed stories....if I read enough of them I'm sure it'll make more sense. And the last story is another Cornelia Story where she is verbally sparring with a door-to-door salesman. Another good short tale. (3 stars out of 5) I'd rate these higher if the art was more polished but the stories alone are well worth the $1.50 here.


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