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The O.C. Comic Exclusive!
posted March 31, 2005
 

Creators: "Seth Cohen" (John Stephens and Eric Wight)
Publishing Info: TV Guide April 10-15 2005, $2.49, three pages
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imageSo I'm standing in the grocery store line this morning listening to the man in front of me argue about the price of limes when it occurs to me how clever it would be to review the comic in the TV Guide. Also maybe the girl at the checkout who asks me "Where have YOU been?" even when I was there 90 minutes ago but in a Carolina accent that makes me not care, will say something about the magazine and I'll come up with a clever retort and six months from now we'll be married and she'll ask me where I've been every time I enter the room. I'm sure you've had this exact same thought.

I think the Guide has done the comic thing a few times now. I seem to remember an X-Men comic designed to frighten children away from comic book shops no matter how much they liked the movie. On the issue in question here, which has a couple of people from Gilmore Girls smiling out at us, not this one with the girl who was filmed in fire-your-agent unflattering fashion in Sin City but the other one, the editors promise "First Time Ever Seen!! Seth's O.C. Comic Book." I read on the message boards the Seth Cohen character had a meeting at WildStorm, so I'm expecting a bad superhero book. What's there instead is kind of a characters-as-superheroes thing. It must be a really good gig, so I applaud the writer and artist for what looks like a half-hearted effort. I couldn't even tell who one of the characters was supposed to be, I guess Mischa Barton. You think being already two-dimensional she would be the easiest to depict. Ha ha, anorexia is funny. Perhaps this comic is supposed to look like what a high school student would draw for slick paper in full-color at digest size. In that case the story if not the art makes some sense. I'm not sure why anyone would ever want to see it, though. It was like a public service ad from the keep people away from comics commission, but the bad guy reminded me of that Wonder Tot story with the genie.

It wasn't all bad. The woman at the check-out didn't get my lime joke, but I haven't read a TV Guide in a while, and I really liked how it actually seemed dumber than the TV Guide of my youth. Who knew there was room in that direction? Although if you consider the TV Guide crossword the black hole epicenter of world stupidity, it makes sense that the magazine would change around it. I liked "Cheers & Jeers" the best, because it's like something you'd find in a kiddy magazine at the dentist's office. These things are BAD. Hiss! These things are GOOD. Hooray! Apparently, these editors believe that something called "The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy" fails to capture the breadth and depth of Robin Williams' career. You think?