Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3216:
As blogged before...One of the great pleasures in attending comic-cons, no matter what the size of them, is visiting the sections named 'Artists Alley', and 'Small Press' or 'Indy Aisles'.
I usually end up with several new publications to read and possibly review in this blog, after striking up conversations with the creators of the comics or graphic novels, due to this blog being the #1 'Followed' blog on Facebook for 'comics', 'comic books', and 'graphic novels' per the NetworkedBlogs app, as seen here.
So as posted earlier, I left with multiple new publications to read after this year's SDCC...I wanted to put this graphic novel near the top of the stack to review, as the graphic novel's artist and writer are having a book signing this upcoming weekend! More on that at the end of this review...
First...Here's the promotional blurb on:
PUG - The Graphic Novel - by Derek McCulloch & Greg Espinoza
Hardcover: 104 pages
Six years ago, the Darlinger fight ended Jake's career, cost him his family, and put him in a downward spiral with no end in sight. Now, he's doing collections for a small-time loan shark and thinking maybe it's time he set a few things straight in the world. From award-winning writer Derek McCulloch (Displaced Persons and the Eisner-nominated Stagger Lee) and artist Greg Espinoza, Pug is an unsparing tale of a good man trapped in a life of brutality - 15-rounds of blood and bad memories!
Now for 'My Take' (review), on this graphic novel:
I've read some of Derek McCulloch's works before. He is a very versatile writer, and is not to be labeled as a writer of any one genre. Indeed this is yet different from other of his works that I've reviewed!
I don't review an original graphic novel, (GN), the same as I do comic books or 'graphic novels' that are actually a compilation of already published comic books into one story arc TPB.
This 'PUG' GN is an original work, and due to its 'odd-size, it is easy to hold and read.
The artwork is in black and white format in the interior pages, although the front and back covers are in colors, (by Moose).
Reading this GN in this style and format is almost like reading a 'Sunday Newspaper Strip' minus the color and the logos on each page. I kind of like that!
The style and format fits the time periods this story is set in: 1956 & 1962. Being a child of the late 50's & early 60's, reading it in this format and in b&w is a very familar format for me to read it in.
Would it suit today's younger readers that didn't experience those years? I would think so, as movies about boxing and the characters involved in that era have never truly gone out of style on film.
I also like the 'breaks' in the chapters with a 'girl' holding a placard stating 'Round 2', 'Round 3' etc. to identify the next chapter. Plus there are flashbacks shown in 'Rest Period' chapters as well.
This is very innovative in presentation, as far as I am concerned.
So, I had to think back where I saw Derek at during the SDCC, as pictured above. He was at the Image Comics booth. I wouldn't have thought that Image would be the pulbishers of this GN?!
I'm glad they did! Because this is one heck of a 'read' IMO.
I give “PUG” a 9.4 on a 10.0 Grading Scale. NEAR MINT (NM).
Don't miss the book signing by Greg Espinosa and Derek McCulloch this upcoming weekend in the San Francisco area. Details shown in this link.
Thanks to Derek for bringing his latest work to my attention, and to Greg for taking time at Artists Alley to pose with the GN also!
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