Created by Dane Boedigheimer
Written and illustrated by Mike Kazaleh and Scott Shaw!
Letters by Tom Orzechowski
Colours by Laurie E. Smith
Associate Editing by Michael Petranek
Editing in chieferizing by Jim Salicrup
Cover by uncredited, but likely Shaw!
Published by Papercutz
the three cents.
In this gripping volume of inorganic life on the move, readers are thrown into the maelstrom of a collection of shocking tales, tales so shocking that readers will be shocked. Ranging from one-pagers to more than one-pagers, this kaleidoscopic cacophony of madness leers back at the reader, just as the abyss gazing back at the philosophy student on a freshman beer bender when he should be returning long-distance calls to his poor mother who is eager to know how his classes are going and if he’s getting enough to eat.
Shaw! handles the writing and artwork for the majority of the stories, with Kazaleh swinging writing and art for the lengthy title feature, and the both of them operating on a slightly reined-in level of humor than the previous volume, as though the guilt of what they are constructing in these pages is weighing in on their consciences. They also work on the Annoying Orange animated series from Cartoon Network, which itself spun-off from the popular youtube web-serial, and so we must ask ourselves what manner of arcane malfeasance (as opposed to the non-arcane variety of malfeasance) possesses two grown men of reasonably high intelligence and exceptionally high artistic merit to obsess so much over these quipping imaginings of such unnatural things envisioned and given form like so? Self-moving fruit applying for work in the entertainment industry? In the breakfast foods industry? Going on diets, soulless beings though they are? These edible things bear no hands, no feet, and yet they persist on making their human keeper’s love-life imperceptible! In these pages are these little monstrosities even allowed to openly interfere with the time-space continuum! What sort of message is this to send out for younger readers? That imagination is something to treasure, to cultivate? Well actually…that’s really pretty cool.
By the books professionalism in Orzechowski’s lettering and a seamless flow of rainbow hues from Smith help add to the consistency of the book’s two authors. And the overall comedy really contains nuggets for just about any and every age-group obliged to pick up a copy. It’s a fun read, honestly.
As typical for the publisher, this issue clocks in at over 60 pages, and comes with a mass of extras, from a fun introduction presenting the illustrated versions of the cast alongside their digitally-manipulated photo counterparts and side by side with a narration that is laugh out loud for the older comic fans especially, to tongue in cheek bios for the creators of the characters and the comics. Also in the mix is the standard editorial from Salicrup where he banters with the star of the show. Salicrup has always held a strong editorial presence in everything with his name on it, and the pieces he writes for Papercutz books are without fail tailor-cut for the issues they appear in, playing into the personality of that particular title and making the reader feel like a part of it all. It’s really a nice touch carried over from days long gone by that very few other editors nowadays bother with. One of the reasons why I will gladly continue reviewing Papercutz. That and for throwing steady work to heavy-weight talents like Shaw! and Kazaleh.