What’s the good word, Lattaphiles? It’s been a busy time here, in Lattaland. I have not one, not three but TWO big projects that have been keepin’ me busy, but not to busy to stop and talk to you about comic books. Put on another pot of coffee, I might be at this for a while.
published by Papercutz $5.99 paperback
The Purple Smurfs? Okay, first things first. We must address the black elephant in the room. When this story first ran in it’s native Belgium, It was called ‘Les Schtroumpfs Noirs’, which literally means ‘the black smurf’. While I understand this might be considered offensive to our American sensitivity, it was in no way, a race parable. Smurfs are raceless and genderless (They are never referred to as he’s OR she’s.) While I consider it a carnal sin to change this beautiful artwork even in the slightest, I still understand the change needed to be made to bring this never-before-in-English comic over to the states. Kudos for the Editor-In-Chief to at least address this very issue in the back of the book.
(Compare and contrast)
While I understand and appreciate the necessarily of the change to bring this excellent comic to a wider audience, I gotta ask, why purple? Why, it’s hardly a noticeable change from their typical sky blue hue. Plus, infected smurfs don’t look nearly as threatening in what is basically a Smurfs comic as imagined by George A. Romero.
In this truly horrific tale, a bug bite causes a smurf to become for lack of better description, a zombie. Of course this condition spreads through the village by bites to the tail(!) By the climax,all our blue buddies are infected including the beloved Papa Smurf. You heard right, true believers.
Despite the color change, and the somewhat wispy computer lettering, I am super happy Peyo’s masterpiece is being affordability imported and I look forward to more.
By David King
Published by Sparkplug Comic Books $9.00 B&W with spot color
Now this is more like it! What a beautifully designed 10 x10 mini comic. Wait, if it’s big, is it still considered a mini? No time to pontificate that now, I gotta comic to review! David’s comics are beautifully drawn and the scripts feel personal, and bit non sequitur with the lush brushwork and rich detail. Without a formal set up and punch line, most of his strips feel like the middle of a conversation, the middle of a melancholy, conversation at that. Not to make it sound like it’s not funny. Heavens no. This book is very funny. In fact, it’s the perfect summer reading in your therapist’s waiting room. Y’really outdid yourself this time, David.
Also of note, David is one of my top tweeters. More important than being a good cartoonist is the ability to break my heart in 140 characters or less.
Uncle Scrooge Comics By Gemstone
Oh glory of all glory! Dollar General somehow got their greasy meathooks on copious amounts of these incredible and thick Uncle Scrooge comics from a few years back and they are blowing them out for only a dollar a piece! All the issues I got are chock full of great stories by the likes Of Carl Barks and Don Rosa. These books are certainly worth every cent. If you have a Dollar General in the vicinity, and even if you don’t, I ‘d highly recommend you make the trek and load up on ducks. Buy some for your friends too, while you are at it. Eh, on second thought…