OUT OF STOCK!
by Ulf K. Ulf K. is a German artist whom we suspect makes his living as a commercial illustrator, but who has nevertheless been quietly and steadily working away on his comics for two decades now. He has produced a small but very solid body of work that puts him at the front of the ligne claire ranks. This slim attractively produced hardcover volume collects (we believe) all extant appearances of the eponymous character, a minor clerk working in public administration. Ulf K.'s work has a small but loyal fan base that is spread out over Europe and the Americas, a fact that is attested to by the fact that this volume has no less than five publishers: Edition 52 in Germany, Bries in Holland, Dibbuks in Spain, Komika in Sweden and Top Shelf in the USA. The stories herein contained, for those unfamiliar with his work, are in a vein that is (vaguely) like a crossbreed of two other mono-named comics creators: Jason -- in their clear and concise pantomime storytelling -- and Seth -- in their focus on the melancholy of the workaday world (someone should do -- or, more likely, already has done -- a study on what, if any, similarites there are between all the mono-named comics creators); Mr. K.'s work is all his own, however, in its delightful flights of fancy.