365 Reasons to Love Comics #103

Lots of great posts in the last day. Make sure you check 'em out!

Here's one for the Ape-ril files you may have missed. It's a shining little indie about a crazy little monkey with an interesting name.


103. My Monkey's Name Is Jennifer

Yeah, I don't have anything thematically linked to Friday the 13th. Don't worry, there'll be another one this year and I'll see what I can do.

My Monkey's Name is Jennifer, however, is totally awesome. Originally a mini-series from Slave Labor Graphics by one Ken Knudtsen, it's now available as a spiffy trade paperback for purchase.

It's the story of a chimp (so, yes, he's an ape, not a monkey. Knudstsen admits this before the first page-- "monkey" sounds funnier, is all) who is a little girl's pet. She names him Miss Jennifer and puts him in dresses and throws him tea parties and bathes him. And he's a crazy monkey who just wants to kill them all. However, the girl gets in trouble and Jennifer has to save the day.

That's just part of it, though. Many short stories abound, involving Jennifer and how much he hates his life.

Here are some pages. Click them to enlarge.

One mean monkey against the world! That's what it's all about. Knudtsen's art style may take a bit of getting used to for some of you out there, but it's terrific cartooning with a touch of grit; perfect for a dirty, hateful chimp.

He's a crazy monkey.

He will tear your eyes out.

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