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September 7, 2007

CR Review: Trackrabbit #3


Creators: Geoff Vasile
Publishing Information: self-published, mini-comic, 24 pages, 2007, $3
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The third issue of Geoff Vasile's one-cartoonist, one-comic effort Trackrabbit still seems a bit undercooked. The simplified art doesn't quite cohere in the consistent way necessary to make it lovely in and of itself as opposed to merely utilitarian. The artist seems trapped in the same circle of hell where young playwrights and first-time authors tend to dwell, a place where observation and self-indulgence and a limited view of the world all meet to have sex, assert the authority of a particular world view and express regret. But there are hints -- panels, moments -- of it all coming together to a greater sum than its parts. For one, Vasile is unsparingly brutal to his characters, always a good sign in terms of future promise. He walks us through a cycle of friendship and crushes where a character is presented as an admirable or attractive person in one scene, and then ripped to shreds the next by someone who should know. He then adds a second cycle where the characters bring it on themselves, as in a character working a literary appreciation angle to get laid in a way and with a book that clearly fails to impress his date, although she seems not to care. The final revelation as to what we're seeing take place in front of us comes from the character that seems the least insightful, a nice touch and one that speaks well to future comics from this cartoonist.
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