Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Pope Hats #1 Has a Cartoon Phallus, Looks Good

I'm not going to try to tell you what to read this week. That would be presumptuous and a little bit rageous. I am going to try and nudge you in the direction of picking up Pope Hats #1 and having a wee flick through before you leave the comic shop, though. Because... well, it looks good.

The comic's writer and artist, Ethan Rilly, describes it thusly: "Pope Hats is a comic book about a young woman named Frances Scarland and her escape from both figurative and literal demons. It has been described as a “slice of life” story (whatever that means)."

But, I don't think Rilly sells it that well. It's alright, he's got a quote from Seth (It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken) to recommend it: "Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly is the most impressive debut comic I've seen in years. The work has that deceptive quality of ease about it—the characters breeze across the page with sparkling dialogue and wonderfully observed gestures. Rilly is the real deal—an exciting new cartoonist who can write and draw well and who genuinely understands how to tell a story." See? Hopefully it's not just another angsty book about disillusioned young folk.

Neither Rilly nor Seth mention the fact that Franny talks to a cartoon ghost phallus.

There's a short preview right here.

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