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Thursday, October 22, 2009

King, David

via Optical Sloth by admin on 10/21/09



The Shortest Interval Now Available! $3

One of the most fascinating scientific unknowns in our history is, to me, what happened between the instant of the Big Bang and the point when everything started rapidly expanding. David tackles that idea in this fantastic comic, although I should point out his disclaimer at the back of the book: "The author is not a scientist and does not understand physics or anything. Use this comic book as an academic source at your own risk." I also feel obligated to point out to any functioning adult who still believes the Earth (and the universe) is 6000 years old to please sit quietly while the grown-ups discuss a scientific theory. So what happened? David says that this interval was 10 to the 34th power seconds long (if I'm even reading that right, which should tell everybody all they need to know about my grasp of science), and proceeds to give a number of theories as to what might have happened during that time. I picked my favorite for the sample. As this is a tiny thing and I have no interest in ruining any of the other theories for readers, I'll just say that he does bring more than a little bit of science to this as well as explaining who the period is named after. Making science funny can also be a tricky thing, but he pulled it off beautifully. This is well worth checking out if you're at all curious about that undefined period of existence and how everything came into being. And who isn't curious about that? $3


Horse! & Rider #1

Three cheers for random funny books! I think I've heard of David King from other Chicago people (or he has a name that sounds like another name, it's hard to tell with a memory as bad as mine), but I had no idea what to expect going into this. Oh, I should also mention that the book is a light yellow color, not white, but I figured I didn't need to use up so much space to make it yellow. Executive decision! Anyway, the story in here has nothing to do with a horse or its rider. Instead it's about a man who decides that , in order to make something of his life, he needs to start stealing pies. I'll say no more, as it's too short to go into at any kind of length without ruining stuff, but I will say that I plan on using the word "Piebag" a lot more than I used to, which was never. Check out his website by clicking on the title, or go here to see what the second story in the book is about. It's $1.50 and absolutely worth it, you can also e-mail him if you're already sold…


Well, it turns out that "Horse and Rider" was a title that was used for "equine pornography", so David isn't going to be using that title any more. This book has two stories in it, although I don't think they're both "big" in the literal sense of the words. How many times can I use "quotes" in one review anyway? The first story is about a bunch of cute, fluffy animals committing suicide in some fairly brutal fashions. The second story is big, and it's about a man who's down on his luck meeting up with a bunch of other people who feel the same way. That's an incredibly simplistic way to put it, granted, so you should probably read it to see what you think. A bit depressing, I guess, but it's a great wordless story about fitting in with other people who don't fit in and being alone with yourself. Contact info is up there, or you could just order it from me. Do it! You know you want to…

Legion of Super-Heroes Sketchbook

You know, I forgot all about the fact that I had two copies of this, meaning… it's for sale here! Not that it's the most urgent thing in the world to discuss, as sales have been a bit… um, sluggish up until this point, but there you have it. This is about half of a sketchbook with half comic stories thrown in. You have a variety of super-hero characters in a variety of poses (some of the ladies almost seem a bit risque, but maybe that's only because they're drawn with some large boobies), then you have two of the super-heroes having a fishing contest to determine who gets to ask the super-hero lady out on a date. Honestly, I can usually take or leave sketchbooks, but the few pages of actual comic in this are more than worth the price of admission. Contact info is up there, or you could just buy it and be the first on your block to get a comic from me!

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