Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you're given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We continue with Day 2, which is A Comic You Recommend to Everybody No Matter What.
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
My pick last year was a Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge collection.
Again, my take on this category is that it is a comic that you can recommend to EVERYbody, even kids, so it "has" to be an all-age comic. I guess you don't have to follow that take if you don't want to.
Anyhow, this year I'm going to go with Rachel Dukes' Frankie Comics #1...
Frankie Comics is a comic about Dukes' cat, Frankie.
It includes this brilliant comic page that blew up the internet back in 2013...
As you can see, it's an expertly designed strip. The concept is humorous, to be sure, and yes, that's a good hook in and of itself, but the way that Dukes lays out the strip makes it a much better strip than just the sum of its parts. The design and sense of comedic timing in the strip are cogent.
With a strip that good as part of Frankie Comics, you know that the rest of the book is bound to be good and it is.
Throughout the comic, Dukes breathes new life into a genre (cute pet comics) that is quite a tired one. As I mentioned before, her sense of design and timing is just outstanding and it serves her well repeatedly.
Like the following strip...
Once again, the concept behind the strip is a solid comedic idea, but it's the design that really sells it.
Same with these next two...
Okay, so now you must know what to expect from this comic book. It is a bunch of really well-thought out, brilliantly designed and well-drawn comics for fourteen pages (roughly three strips a page) for three bucks. What, are you stupid? This is a no-brainer. Go buy this comic book! And there are two more issues available now! Plus a poster of the "With/Without Cat" piece! They are all available on Rachel's site here.