This month I have been posting a review of a different self-published comic book each day for the whole month! Here is an archive of the books reviewed so far!
For the last day, I am featuring Geraniums and Bacon #5 by Cathy Leamy.
It is no mistake that this month began with Ryan Claytor and ended with Cathy Leamy, as I really enjoy both of their work a lot, so I thought they would make for nice bookends for the month.
I have a few issues of Geraniums and Bacon (#1 and 2, to be precise), Cathy Leamy's humor anthology mini-comic, but I've chosen #5 specifically to spotlight, because Leamy is clearly one of those creators who gets better as time goes on, so #5 is the strongest issue of Geraniums and Bacon yet. Leamy is a very effective storyteller who manages to make her lead characters (typically herself) incredibly endearing, making the misadventures of the various characters quite delightful.
In this issue, we get a whole pile of stories crammed into about sixteen pages (all for $2, shipping included!!).
In one of the tales, we see an amusing trip by Leamy to get a new bra...
In the lead story, Leamy goes to one of those Filene's Basement's deals where brides-to-be charge into a Filene's Basement's to get cheaper wedding dresses.
As you can see, as an artist, Leamy portrays a real charm to her work.
There is a very strong story about a couple and their "relationship" with their Jack O' Lantern, which was left on the fire escape by the previous tenants when they move into a new apartent. They end up just leaving it out there, and it soon becomes an elobrate, yet cute, in-joke between the two women. It's a really well-structured tale.
There's an off-beat story about a family uncovering a "Medieval Mecha Battle Suit" while digging in the yard.
Finally, there's an introspection-filled two pager where Leamy thinks about her life but gets distracted by one of life's great distractions.
All together, this was a really fun and well-written book.
If you would like to participate in the month with your self-published comic, you are too late, the month is over! But if you mail them, I'll still review them eventually! Just check out the Review Copies section to see where to mail a review copy of your comic.
Hope you enjoyed this month-long look at self-published comics!