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Monday, June 15, 2009

Kelly, Tim


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Springtime for Autism

It's says a lot that Tim can take a subject like autism and still make it funny.  Granted, this is a serious comic; the cover isn't lying about that.  He just does an excellent job with the little moments that make up this book.  Chances are that unless you have a family member with autism (or the family member of a close friend), you don't know a whole lot more about this than I did.  And this isn't meant to be the authoritative book on autism by any means.  Still, I learned plenty from this mini.  In here Tim tells stories about his daughter's eating habits at McDonalds (ice cream with sprinkles and fries), how she needs time to warm up to people before she gets at all comfortable around them, how the sound made by most lights bothers her, how he must give the exact correct answer to a question, his joy in seeing her enjoy little things or being the one to say things without prompting, maintaining the rituals, and trying to keep her from getting to frustrated at the world.  It also documents a damned fine bit of parenting, although I don't think that Tim had that in mind.  If you have any interest in this subject and/or maybe want something you can show kids to help explain autism, this is an excellent place to start.  I was also happy to see that Tim is still going strong (this is from 2005 but I haven't reviewed any of his comics in ages) and has plenty of new comics up at his website.  $1


Free Summer Franks

Random collections like this usually suffer from being, well, random, but I think the format suits these comics perfectly. They're all over the place. There's a short one about summer coming, one about random violence, a long story about a clueless girl going to Lollapalooza (it's from 1994), one about a creep in a comic store (gasp!) and one that feels horribly out of place about 9/11. I say that mostly because the rest of the book is full of some of the most madcap stuff you can think of… and then there's where he was on that day. Oh well, maybe it just seems weird to me, and it does say that it's "new and rare" comics, so I can't imagine what else he could put it in. I like the art a bunch too. He draws really cute females and I think his style would look great in a weekly or daily strip, even though I think most daily strips suck. It's a couple of bucks and worth a look, there's some funny stuff in here. E-mail the man or check out the website.

Free Summer Franks II

It might just be my imagination, but I think this one is much bigger than the first one. If it's not, maybe it just seems that way because not a page goes by without some serious destruction and hijinx, which is fine with me. I mostly think you're better off going into this book blind and having all the random stuff just smack you in the face, but it's my duty to tell you what this is about, so if you'd rather be surprised, stop now, check out the contact info and go on your merry way. You've been warned! In here you'll find 19 year old Coke bottles, clubbing, cannibal tuna, that one shark from that one old cartoon (you'd know it if you saw it), talking horns, a great neck, and a pokemon battle. Riveting drama it ain't, but it's funny, so what more can you ask? $2.50 PPD!


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