Comical Animal gives comic craft a boost

gary northfield bumble.jpgComics are cool. With the likes of Watchmen, Iron Man, The Avengers and Scott Pilgrim vs The World making the transition from page to screen and the revamp of British classic The Dandy, the mainstream are starting to realise that comic craft is worth a look.

Like all craft though it's easy to see the big guns in comics but there's plenty of astoundingly talented artists and storytellers out there who aren't as prominent. It's not all exploding robots, Manga screams and caped crusaders, and Jim Medway's Comical Animal has set out to prove just that with some perfect examples of comic craft.

Enter a world of hand-drawn, carefully coloured and lovingly crafted comic animals. At turns mind-bogglingly odd, heart-squeezingly cute and all over hilarious, the comic strips hark back to the giggles and guffaws seen in the days of Snoopy, The Beano, those curious Moomins and strips from weekend newspaper comics of days gone by.

The first issue features a wealth of ink-wielding talent from well-known comic makers such as The Beano's Gary Northfield with the buffoonery of Billy Bumble, and other artists of the lost and lamented DFC with Sarah McIntyre's bizarre Grizzlies, and Woodrow Phoenix's Lenny the Largemouth Seabass.

Some of my favourites include a tale of oversized love in Fred Blunt's The Crush and the decidedly kooky Chutney the Rabbit by Rick Eades.

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