True!

True!

     TRUE! 143 pages & $12.95 from Plan Nine Publishing. Sold in book stores, comic shops and on the internet at www.plannine.com.

     Seventy-five percent of hardcore comic book and strip fans will not think TRUE! is a comic book or comic strip. (Source: I made it up). But ninety-nine percent will enjoy it. (Source: Daryl Cagle’s talent). 

     TRUE! is an “Encyclopedia Of Amazing Facts About Us All” compiled in single-panel cartoons by prolific cartoonist Daryl Cagle.

     These statistical “facts” cover everything from what scents arouse males to which pretzel shapes are preferred by men or women. If you are not excited yet, these facts were culled from such diverse sources as The Book of Lists, Harper’s Index and The Roper Organization. As example, did you know that after criticism over “Teen Talk Barbie” [the doll] who said ‘Math class is tough’, Mattel [the toy manufacturer] introduced teacher Barbie? No? Were you in the know that after only two weeks in show business [the horse] Bamboo Harvester’s name was changed to Mr. Ed [for the television show] and he was castrated? Neigh? Do you still doubt that the reviewer’s promise that ninety-nine percent of TRUE! readers will enjoy this anthology? 

     Oh true unbeliever, this is because you have not seen Cagle’s interpretation of dry statistic through wry art. Cagle’s art and approach seem heavily influenced Mad magazine in its lunatic heyday as filtered through the cartoonists own life experiences and beliefs. His minimalist style adds a sparkle and visual wit to these boring statistics that transforms each fact into delightful fancy. His tools are exaggeration, his vivid imagination, and a wonderful sense of what is visually funny. 

     TRUE!, while not exactly a laugh factory, is nevertheless recommended for quiet fun and reflection. 

     Review by Michael Vance


The Royals

     MINIVIEW: The Royals [Plan 9 Pub.]. A comic strip that is as humor-less as the British royal family it satirizes. What is funny in one nation does not always translate into yucks in another, even when the language in both is English. 

     Review by Michael Vance


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