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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ed's Terrestrials/$19.95 from Blue Dream/words: Scott Christian Sava; art: Diego Jourdan/sold at comic and book shops, & www.bluedreamstudios.com


Three cute little aliens escape from a planet that is one giant, intergalactic, food court. They end up on Earth in Ed's tree house, longing to find jobs and teleport their fellow food court slaves to freedom.

What a simple but fun idea! But is it worth the price of admission?

You'll be reminded of the best in animation as you read this well-drawn romp with Ed, who is probably eight or nine years old. The colors are vibrant and perfect for the minimalistic art. The visual storytelling is flawless.

You'll also enjoy the writer's vivid storytelling, characterization, and imagination. In 84 pages, the writer and artist create characters and situations that are guaranteed to delight children and adults as well.

Ed's Terrestrials is highly recommended for adults who love to read to preliterate children, and for first readers.

Michael Vance


Pizzeria Kamikaze/$14.95 & 100 pgs., Alternative Comics/words: Etgar Keret; art: Asaf Hanuka/sold at storefront comics and book stores, and at www.indyworld.com/altcomics.


So Mordy kills himself and ends up making pizza in this purgatory for suicides. Yeah, yeah, I know; why do dead people eat?

And he misses his girlfriend; he's happy when she shows up, a suicide as well. Nice guy, right?

He and his friend Uri search purgatory to find her. In doing so, they meet some interesting dead people.

That's it. That's the darn interesting premise of Pizzeria Kamakaze. To sweeten the deal, the art is intriguing, the dialog (loaded with profanity) rings true, and (thank God, thank God) this is NOT a graphic novel about the battle between good and evil!

So, this one gets a 'highly recommended', right? Pizzeria Kamikaze is recommended for adult readers who are tolerant of stories without resolutions.

Michael Vance