July 20th, 2002

A Pocket Full of Murder

REC: "Zot!" by Scott McCloud

And, since I've been talking comics the last couple of days, might as well mention my other favourite comic of the 80's: Scott McCloud's Zot!. An exuberant, witty, occasionally deeply moving series, at least until the wheels came off the cart (IMO) around Issue 22 or so and the storyline bogged down in self-important liberal rhetoric before coming to an end that I didn't even stick around to see. But to my great delight, Scott returned the comic to its full-colour, pop-art roots in "Hearts and Minds" (2000), an online graphic novel that takes full advantage of the paperless medium, and tells a whacking good story to boot. Even new readers can follow this one -- read it here.