Saturday, February 08, 2014
The newspaper strip seems to have been Cynicalman's most regular home for the past decade -- I saw the first collection of strips during my last stint of Book-A-Day, and now I'm here to tell you about The Amazing Cynicalman, Vol. 2. The first thing to understand is that it's not really that cynical: Feazell was always a fairly mild-mannered midwesterner, and his signature character is more confused and acted upon by life than a nasty misanthrope. Cynicalman is cynical because he lives in the real world
So this is an old-fashioned collection of gag-a-day strips, which originally appeared in such world-shaking publications as The Hamtramck Review and Flint Comix & Entertainment, and were then collected by their creator into a book, in the indie-comics DIY style. (And the best way to buy it, and the previous book, is still directly from the author.)
They're fun, they're funny, and Feazell's stick-figure style is vastly more expressive and flexible than you'd expect -- after all, he's been doing this for more than thirty years. You'd expect him to get pretty damn good at it, and he is.
Book-A-Day 2014 Introduction and Index