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Dee Vee #1-5
posted January 6, 2006
 

Creators: Various
Publishing Information: Top Shelf, $2.95
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A mostly unreadable Australian anthology running a new Alec story in serial form by the always-interesting Eddie Campbell. Entitled "Alec" or "Alec -- a work in progress," it moves Campbell's (at least) semi-autobiographical Alec McGarry out of the drinking and running around stages of life and into a full-fledged comics career. The series so far is jaunty and funny, and one gets a sense of the characters involved at the same time one realizes how many promising talents from that period in British alternatives are really no longer around.

The rest of the anthology shows flashes of drawing skill, but the stories themselves are just about universally college-student approximations of American arts comic subject matter. Unless you're a huge Campbell fan, wait and see if he collects this material under self-publishing imprint.

This review was written in the late 1990s as part of a then-ongoing freelance gig; I apologize if it reads oddly or seems incomplete.