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Quality jollity using a lot of lateral thinking and the most impeccable timing: one-page comics and cartoons which will extraordinate you!
See this street of increasingly rickety semi-detached housing from the birth of a word to its grave:
Institute of Neologisms
Department of Everyday Language
Society for the Preservation of Antiquated Terminology
Cemetery of Forgotten Words
Gauld gleans much of his humour from the juxtaposition of High and Low Art, confronting the historically sacred with the contemporary and crass, whilst puncturing the pomposity which would denigrate one genre or medium by emphasising its own superiority. Hence the title, a retort to those who poo-poo science fiction because they read proper books. (Oh, comics, how familiar we all are with that brand of prose-originated disdain!)
Theyre all so pithy, too, like Short Story and Gaulds lament for the all-too-brief space race, or the excitable aspirations of an anthropomorphised laptop sold to a critically acclaimed author which are crushed beneath the domestic debris of most writers prevarication (sorry research!) which reminded me so much of Lizz Lunney.
I loved the make-your-own-metaphorical-cartoon on the legacy of Thatcherism using a sausage, a dog and a chair; and as to The Great Author Considers His Response To The Question, the options mapped out in different areas of his brain made me grin with recognition (insult; sweeping generalization; stunning insight; unrelated anecdote; rant; bizarre metaphor; enigmatic smile; yes; no; straightforward answer). Rarely do I opt for any of the last three in day-to-day conversation. What a knob-end am I, eh?
As to the timing, there is an evening sequence involving a therapists chair unable to resist psychoanalysing the consulting-room couch languishing opposite. That extra beat before the chairs final rejoinder is cleverly provided by a moonlit window absent from all previous panels except for the first. Space really does equal time in comics, and not just between panels.
All this, then, in gentle, joyful colours from the creator of GOLIATH, one of last years Page 45 Comicbook Of The Months, and recommended to fans of Kate Beatons HARK! A VAGRANT for its literary leanings.