Edited by Austin English. Format fans will want to take a look at this snappy, 84-page, saddle-stitched, full color comics anthology that is printed on a highgrade flat white stock at Westcan. Published by the fine folks at Sparkplug Comic Books, it has a really nice feel to it and we hope that it is enough of a success to warrant future issues. While some will doubtless find themselves frustrated that over half of this premeire issue is devoted to Austin English's childlike comics rendered entirely in crayon, others may delight in this fact. English's contribution is made up of "Life of Francis, Book One" along with three short pieces grouped together under the title, "My Earliest Memory Comics." Also on offer are "NYC Sketchbook" by Paula Salemme, an illustrated interview with Andrice Arp, a brief illustrated essay by Steve Lafler on art school. It closes out with the issue's highlight, a 14-page pen-and-ink meditation on / interpretation of the legacy of Saul Steinberg by Richard Hahn (Lumakick). The delicate pen and ink drawings that constitute Hahn's contribution are quite worth a look.
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