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Death-Day Prologue
posted March 10, 2010


Creator: Sam Hiti
Publishing Information: La Luz Comics, mini-comic, 40 pages, 2009, $5
Ordering Numbers: Should Be Orderable Here

imageIt looks like this print mini accompaniment to Sam Hiti's ongoing webcomic may be sold out soon. If the art appeals to you on any level I'd suggest picking one up. Like most good prologues, Death-Day's gives the reader an idea of the main work's tone and approach without providing too much in the way of plot. Hiti, whose work frequently suggests he was once Paul Pope's lab partner in some sort of Kirby master class taught by Visiting Professor Moebius, whispers at conflict through shape and texture while also underlining the interconnectedness between man, machine and nature. It's like watching forms scrambling across the surface of the same super-organism, readying themselves for a turf battle to be fought with the same material as constitutes the turf. You can read the whole thing here, but I like it on paper, the way the panel progression pushes you back from and shoves you towards the single images like some sort of staccato commentary on the importance of what we're seeing. Pay attention! Wait! Pay Attention! There! There! There!

Sam Hiti's been busier than usual lately, in a way that I think may still slip under the radar of a natural audience for his powerful and frequently pulchritudinous approach to slapping ink down on the page. Death-Day Prologue was one of a number of modestly-assembled publications from various sources the artist dropped in my lap this summer; his site has been active since. I got to peruse the comics he sent once, maybe two times and they were then lost to the tidal-strength push and pull of pulp and that is the curse of a lived-in office's clutter. I knew I'd see at least one of them again. That kind of work always turns up. And now holding Deaty-Day Prologue, I have returned to Hiti. I have little idea where this project has gone since I first laid eyes on it and no idea where it might go in the future. But this little book with the hand-drawn cover, I like looking at it. I like thinking about what it shows me. Hiti, I'm confident, remains a cartoonist to watch no matter where in the tidal wave that is modern comics one is able to find his work.