Sean Maher's Quality Control

Friday, April 28, 2006

Happy Friday

From a press release today on Newsarama:

ED BRUBAKER EXTENDS EXCLUSIVE WITH MARVEL

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"Plus, there's an unprecedented opportunity for new projects that I'm sure will be announced very soon."

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*****

Recently read Coffee and Donuts: A Junkyard Cats Comic by Max Estes.



This is a nice reminder of what all ages comics can be; simple stories with characters you can read yourself into, charmingly dangerous bad guys, and a strong moral center that neither preaches nor overwhelms but simply offers us all a chance to feel good. It's the kind of thing that, when you're done reading it, makes you want to just go out and start being nice to people.



As for the story itself, it follows a pair of down-on-their-luck alley cats who decide one day to try robbing an armored truck. Two problems with this: first, they aren't criminals and have no idea what they're doing. Second, some real criminals were already planning the heist, and these amateurs have messed up their scheme. How will these crazy kids get out of this mess they've made?



Don't have a lot more to say about it, but that shouldn't reflect poorly on the book. It's just a simple, clean experience. I'm gonna try giving this to one of my young cousins and see if there's any response. It's in black-and-white, which throws up a little bit of a barrier, but *I* read some B&W stuff when I was a kid, so what the hell? Worth a shot!

(FYI: Comicon PULSE interviewed creator Max Estes here, including some discussion of his first book and his upcoming work.)

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