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Bug Infested Comics #5
posted February 21, 2008
Bob Vojtko, Richard Krauss
Self-Published, mini-comic, 8 pages, 2008, $2
I don't have much to say about this comic; it's terribly slight, the price point for eight pages is somewhere between steep and that typically strangled apology for wasting the author's time before you slink down the SPX/MoCCA aisle, and the authors didn't present it to me as anything more than a convention giveaway, something they do every so often just to have something to hand out or send to friends. That said, I liked the above joke. Cartoon people wailing in pain accompanied by a one-line insight into the source of that pain? Always funny. I also like the idea of the one below, like there's a series of 200 jokes out there about flies and shit ready to be collected into a massive tome.
Comics don't always have to be ambitious to be worth one's time. When people stressed the value of the disposable element of comics 10 years ago, it sounded like a defense mechanism for crap. And yet with a lot of different kinds of comics falling off the face of the earth, or at least withdrawing from easy distribution and even the barest hint of financial viability they had once upon a time, I'm thinking we can need all the little overpriced handouts with dumb jokes we can find. Isn't that why we love comics shops a little bit? That there are so many comics there? Isn't that what surrounding yourself with mini-comics is like? The idea of a world full of comics when really it's a world where in most places there are very few for us to find? It's not a bad thing to have a few books like this. And yet remember: these are the best two jokes that Bug Infested Comics
has to offer. Buy accordingly.