Three little comics to buy and love!
An Itty Bitty Summoning by Caitlin Rose Boyle
This brief but rewarding digital by Boyle is a charming further appearance by her Itty Bitty Teeny Punks but with a wackier tone. The gang gather in the playground to summon up the Devil himself with a mix of sacrifices and wisecracks, and the general consensus is that Lila will not succeed in her goal, over which a bet of a pizza hangs. This is awesome fun — hilarious, gross, cute, and clever.
Farm School by Jason Turner (Retrofit Comics)
The usual tone of apocalypse stories have been steered by the Mad Max movies far too long — never has there been a more gentle and contemplative take on the post-industrial future society. Hester lives off the land, but returns to civilization every once in awhile to drop venison off at her friend’s place and maybe run an errand. The story follows Hester as she keeps the company of two people needing a chaperone — one an old farming woman, the other the baker’s young daughter. With the companionship of both, the comic turns into a conversational tour of the world Hester inhabits, with hints of the social conventions and societal structures that dictate the life within it. Turner does a lot through a little with his characters, as well as his world-building, and a follow-up would not seem out of order here — the hints of what is contained in this world, and the brief brush with Hester and the others who live in it, proves enticing and worthy of more exploration.
Hoard by Jerel Dye
By the time you get to the end of this little effort, you’ll find the joke is obvious, but the journey to that punchline is lovely. Without giving too much away, because that would just spoil the experience, let’s just say the comic is concerned with a requested item in some kind of junk shop and the effort required to procure said item for the person inquiring about it. Between that moment and the very end are some lovely renderings of various brief adventures, animated and amusing. Dye’s use of white to fill out his characters and gray to define them is striking and singular and adds to the what appears to be an effortless artfulness.