Invincible Summer #15 / Clutch #20
Reviewed by Richard Krauss
Split Zine by Nicole Georges & Clutch McBastard
The long running diary comic by Georges and McBastard continues with comics produced in early May 2008. Each spread features a page by Georges on the left and a page by McBastard on the right.
Georges writes about an art opening, the joys of dormitory dumpster diving and treasures one finds from the departing students, parties, friends, relationships, and homorobics (a body positive workout routine). Georges' irreverent perspective and dry delivery is always entertaining and includes a few laugh-out-loud moments.
Meanwhile Clutch deals with bikes and trains and the ordinary moments of the day. His pages are each four panels and structured more like a daily comic strip with a punchline at the end. Some are hilarious and others provide a sweet moment of reflection or sarcasm. McBastard's artwork is very simple, but I absolutely love his toons!
Both cartoonists include references to and/or guest appearances by other small press art comikers. Just a little extra something that adds to the fun.
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Name: Richard Krauss
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.