Tales of the Mundane
Reviewed by R. Krauss

Tales of the Mundane #4
By Brad Dwyer
Self-published, 2008
20 b&w pages, plus cover
Letter-size digest
$1 per copy

Website: http://www.blackmarkercomics.com

This is a nice collection of comic strips that ran on Dwyer's website from Aug. 2007 to Feb. 2008. Each comic strip ranges from two to six panels and features Brad and sometimes his significant other, Shannon.

The gags are quips, observations, and/or sarcastic remarks about something that happened in real life. Most of them are pretty funny and entertaining. The only ones that I really didn't care for take place in the bathroom.

I really like Dwyer's cartoon artwork. His characters are bold and he focuses on the framing, background, and detail that's important to the gag. This small press comic has a lot going for it. Be sure to check out his website for more samples of his comic strips. Adults Only.

Rating the Issue

Story: Overall 7
Concept: 7
Plot: 7
Writing: 6
Art: Overall 7
Style: 7

Storytelling: 8
Color/Tones: 7
Importance: Overall 7
To the Title: NA
To the Company: NA
To the Medium: 7

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Reviewer Bio

R. Krauss reviews small press and mini comics on Midnight Fiction, Poopsheet Foundation and Comic Related.

Name: Richard Krauss
email: arkay@midnightfiction.com

Been reading comics: since I started reading Marvel comics in Junior High School.

Review Bio: After several years I discovered titles like Zap and Bijou at a headshop and was seduced by the freedom and variety they offered. When the new-wave comix era sprouted from the seeds of the undergrounds, I quickly joined the ranks of other struggling cartoonists with phenomenally low print runs. After almost a decade of small press comix, I retired and made a solemn vow never to return. Several years later the Internet happened and over time many of my favorite new-wave cartoonists got online. The bug bit again and I started exploring the new crop of small press cartoonists. Today's explosion of small press comics is more exciting than any time I've ever seen.

Favorites: Papercutter, Not My Small Diary, Slam Bang, Comic Eye, stuff from Main Enterprises and Weird Muse, to name a few.

Website: MidnightFiction.com

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