Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3353:
Earlier this week I received issue #75 of this series from creator, Matt Levin... Which reminded me that I had not yet mentioned issue #74 of the same series.
Matt has been pretty busy uploading several of his earlier issues of this series to his personal Facebook profile page, of which I will post the link to at the bottom of this review.
I first blogged about Matt and his mini-comics in my March 1st of 2010 blog, as seen in this link. As I mentioned there, even though Matt had been producing these for a decade, I had not seen a copy. Small Press comics can be exactly that... Comics that have a 'small distribution'. In this case, with Matt being based in Connecticut, I had not heard of his line of mini-comics till he introduced himself to me via Facebook.
As to Issue #74, this is what Matt wrote on a sidenote that was enclosed with the issue to those that were on his subscription list:
"Welllll, it took me a long time, but I'm willing to call it quits on WMCP74, completed, if not done. I'm planning to post "Pere et Fils" 1-4 on my Facebook page; on issue issue weekly in Jan.; hope to show the kid growing up between issues.
It's very nice to be scheduled according to pleasure, but worrisome--shouldn't I be doing more? Mostly, I've been doing short pieces for "Oh, Comics!", "Banzai" and the Trees & Hill anthologies. But it's getting to hard to be inventive, for too small a return to be enjoyable. The frog--the frog is fun and writes itself and I have the actual characters--so it's likely the frog Super Hero Frog will return.
Hope your life and work are working out, if not as expected, than at least with good health and some fun."
The above pretty much states what I felt when I was publishing my family genealogical newsletter titled 'Hamersky & Allied Familes Newsletter'. It was published from 1980 to 1995 for the benefit of descendants of all Hamerski / Hamersky / Hammersky families. The newsletter was available in English, Portuguese and German. As Matt stated above... I too felt that "...it's getting too hard to be inventive, for too small a return to be enjoyable'. A few years after my divorce... I just ceased publishing.
I'm glad that Matt is posting these issues of his online at his Facebook personal page. The 'privacy settings' to his page are open to those that want to take a look at this issue and the other three in this 'Pere et Fils' story arc.
This issue #74 is the final issue in that very same story arc. With only 12 page, (including covers), to this mini-comic, Matt presents a good story and one that he felt needed 'telling'.
What is unique with Matt's mini-comic is that the art is shown via 'rubber stamp' art... Yes, I said 'rubber stamp art'. A list of credits of the rubber stamp makers are shown as 'Where to GO-!' to purchase the rubber stamps used in the story, with the rubber stamp makers names (personal / business), and a mailing address.
In this 'Pere et Fils', (Father and Son), story arc, Matt has been producing four comics of 'questionable advice' to his son. I found this last issue of that story arc the one to touch my own heart... Enough to want to blog about it here today.
If you aren't reading Matt's comics, either hard copy or on his Facebook personal page, you should... Period.
My Review Rating for this series is VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) 9.0 out of a possible 10.0 Comic Book Grading scale.
The link to Matt's Facebook 'photo album' so that you can see this four issue story arc can be found by clicking here. I'm not for sure how much else is open for you to see on the WMC series or his other mini-comics. The 'privacy settings' are Matt's choice, not mine.
Again, my thanks to Matt for sending me hard copies of his mini-comics to me for possible review!
~Michael D Hamersky
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