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posted May 10, 2005
Liam, Lucy, Joe Tucker, Olie, Ant, Tania, Adam, Mooncat, Dave, Hywel, Huw, Dr. Larry Peeklass
Black and White Cat Press (?), 1.5 pounds (UK), 32 pages.
If I had to guess, I would say that unlike many mini-comic anthologies some of the contributors to Tenge have little to no interest in comics. This gives Tenge
a kind of weird legitimacy that a lot of more adept try-out comics might not be able to muster, if that makes any sense. It's almost like this really showed up from a specific neighborhood out there somewhere.
The best works in Tegne
are "Kiwi Fruit Land," a one-page cartoon diagram by Adam charting the fruit's processing; Ant's cruder David Lasky-style telling of a lamp's life story called "A True Story"; and a few appealingly drawn one-page joke strips by Joe Tucker. I can't imagine working too hard to track this down – none of the work appeals on that level -- but as a local pick-up it's not a bad way to look at a lot of Brit small press cartoonists in one shot. I'd also be interested I reading more of Tucker's work in the future. There's reportedly a version out there with a fancier cover; the one I had was doe in a thick, muddy brown cardstock.