Vinnie's 'Take' On:
"Bear and Fox #2"
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Above Photo: Front Cover to Bear and Fox #2!
At the Top Left: Being Introduced to the Comic Book Series at the SDCC!
At the Bottom Left: The Comic-Con International: San Diego Logo!
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3307:
My youngest son, Vinnie, has submitted another blog for publication! I appreciate his reading another comic book from the 'to be read and possibly reviewed' stack for publishing here!
Hello all readers of this blog. I welcome you to "My Take" on the second issue of "Bear and Fox" #2.
Lately, I have been helping my dad do quite a few blogs, so I thought why not another one during my school break?!
While looking through the pile of comics to review, this one stood out to me. I remember this comic book from when I took the picture of the creator holding this comic and another comic of his own at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con International.
I had known from then I would enjoy it, if I got the chance to read it, and I did end up doing the exact thing. The following is my review of "Bear and Fox" issue 2.
The Front Cover - You can easily tell that there is going to be a war or a fight, as they are wearing the hats you would imagine people in the army to be wearing. They also sport the utility backpacks you would imagine the army using. And, we can't forget the gun and the bow that ties the package together. Now that we got that covered, let me explain the names.
Bear and Fox, are in fact animals. Despite their names, Bear is a bird, and Fox is a snake. I like how the creator made animals play the roles of humans. I have rarely seen many comics like this, but I liked it, as it's more imaginative. When I had finished reading the book, I noticed this time that the strange footprints of a character was in the background; the evil villain's eyes are behind the title; and a scribbled cat is sitting on the right of the fence. I guess I didn't notice it before, as it had nothing to do with the characters pictured in the front. Anyways, onto the next section.
The Inside Front Cover - It has a short "prologue" to the story, and it goes along with the sub-caption for this issue - "Recalled to Funny". Below that is a picture of a "disguise" they used in the comic. To the right of the picture, the creator states his special thanks.
The Interior Pages - The art has a goofy style which may be partially why I enjoyed this. I loved how they had guest characters from other comic strips, and how they interacted, as everyone was MUCH different here than in their own comics. It added a new perspective to view them in. (A parody?) I had quite enjoyed reading this comic book. The storyline was great, and was easily followed. It was a very funny plot, and I sure hope I get to read the creator's other comics and issues.
The Inside Back Cover - It has a white background, with the words, "I Miss You - I Miss You - I Miss You - Gloria In Excelsis Deo". However, I don't know what he's meaning by this...
The Back Cover - It has more words that are in the same font as the Inside Back Cover, but I don't know what it is meaning.
I still don't know who the creator of this comic book is though. His name was nowhere to be found!
Overall, I really enjoyed the artworkk and story. I can't describe it other than being great. I would give the second issue of the comic "Bear and Fox" series a Near Mint (NM), a 9.4 out of a 10.0 grading scale.
NOTE From Michael: You know... I couldn't believe there wasn't any contact info in the comic book! We did pick this up at a comic con, in the Small Press section at the SDCC as Vinnie stated above.
However, there should be a point of contact on where a reader could contact the self-publisher for at least issue #1! There isn't even a web site that an interested reader can be referred to. I did 'google' the words "bear and fox", and found the web site: BearAndFox.com. But I shouldn't have had to 'google' it. Especially for a 2nd issue of a comic book series.
I do realize that this was originally a web comic. But the printed version should be more helpful in promoting the web site. I also had to 'google' to find the creator's name as I didn't see a business card in the bag / board that I placed the comic book in at the SDCC. The creator is Randall Christopher.
I also found a Facebook Fan Page for the comic book at Bear and Fox.
Don't get me wrong... I too liked this comic book, but the marketing aspect of printing a comic book, even it is only 12 interior pages, should adhere to what print comics normally have for contact info, and copyright info, etc. Plus 'point' the reader to where they could find more 'online'. Which BTW, is where you can find this comic book's pages to read. As I don't see where you can buy one of the 2,000 copies that were printed anywhere on the web site.
Thanks Vinnie, for guest blogging here once again, and giving us your thoughts on this publication from a tween's POV!
And... If you liked Vinnie's 'Take' on this publication, he's also review blogged several other publications so far this year!
Including the graphic novel as shown to the left. Here's his review blog on this publication: Vinnie's Take on Berona's War: Field Guide. After reading that and thinking that this is something YOU would like to read and / or give as a gift for a special occasion, such as a Birthday Gift, here's a link to where you can purchase it online! Berona's War: Field Guide!
Also...If YOU liked his review today, you may enjoy reading Vinnie's other reviews on: Space Punks #1, The Daughters of Merlin #1, Sea Ghost #1, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #4 (of 4), Clutch Cargo DVD, The All New Super Friends Hour Season 1 DVD, The Ultimate Underdog Collection Volume 1, Planet Hulk, Coraline, Ponyo, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Sonic the Hedgehog TPB Vol 1, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Possum #1 comic book, just to name a recent few!
Plus check out Vinnie's 'Look at The Captain Rochester Party for the Artists' at the recent 2010 Comic-Con International: San Diego! He really had fun meeting and having dinner with Sergio Aragones and others there at this exclusive after hours Con Party!
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