Monday, September 25, 2006

Minicomics Monday

Today I have two minicomics from Marek Bennett:

Mimi's Doughnuts #5Mimi's Doughnuts #5 is a lot of fun. There are several short stories in this 12-page mini, all about awkward teenager Shayna during the summer she turns fifteen. Divorced parents, odd birthday gifts from relativeness, hanging out with your friend, eco-sabatage, and writing fantasy stories--it's all here. Bennett has an engaging cartoony style and knows how to pack a page without it looking too cramped.

Dog Bless AmericaDog Bless America is a 24-hour comic, and is the perfect illustration about what frustrates me about 24-hour comics. There's a germ of a clever story about a secret-agent dog sent on an assignment to the Middle East, but the story wanders and never gels and the art is kind of sloppy, especially compared to the more polished art that appears in Bennett's minis and Webcomics. Had he taken the time to develop this story properly it could have been better.

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