Sunday, 22 June 2008

Skyscrapers of the Midwest - Joshua W Cotter

Woah this is a lovely looking book! The drawing is great, all chunky fat people, looking a little bit like Crumb with the cross hatching. It's full of fake adverts, letterpages to a cowboy character, year books, class photographs, and extra stories with robots and the like to give a great bonus and loads of depth to the main story. The main story is drawn with cats as the characters, a bit like Jim Medway's cats too. It is basically the story of a kid who's fat and nerdy and his unpleasant time at school. His time at school doesn't really seem that bad to me, he gets bullied and laughed at by girls, but to him it of course seems the worst time in the world. There are loads of comics about depressing childhoods of course but I think this one is a great addition to the genre, its very funny too. Warning though - there are some very sad scenes with dying kittens and grandparents. That sounds really cheesy and obvious when I write it down here - but in the story it is done very well. I would recommend this to anyone.

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