The title pretty much says it all here!. Edited by Haleigh Buck and J.T. Yost, Too Tough to Die collects a massive 328 pages of comics about old punks still rocking out, one way or another, by Steven Arnold, Josh Bayer, Gregory Benton, Janelle Blarg, Kyle Bravo, Haleigh Buck, Sophie Crumb, Emily Flake, CN “Pinky Frankenstein”, J. Gonzalez-Blitz, Sam Grinberg, Hyena Hell, Danny Hellman, Joakima Hillyard, Jordan Jeffries, Gideon Kendall, Victor Kerlow, Jim Kettner, Ayti Krali, Karl Christian Krumpholz, Steve Lafler, Will Laren, Brother Malcolm, Lynne Margeaux, Daniel McCloskey, Carrie McNinch, Adam Meuse, Robb Mirsky, Eva Müller, Fred Noland, Andrea Pearson, Josh PM, John Porcellino, Haley Simone Potter, Liz Prince, Jesse Reklaw, Aaron Renier, Chris Shary, Ben Snakepit, James Spooner, Robert Henry Stevenson, Steve Thueson, Lance Ward, Adam Yeater & J.T. Yost; Plus script-only contributions from Mike Hunchback, Michael Kamison & Chris L. Terry . Whew!
Each of the incredibly detailed, eyeball searing drawings in this digest size, saddle-stapled, comic compendium feel like a hybrid of Basil Wolverton and Robert Williams. Some have further been mutated so as to be able to incorporate graphically bold text within their intricate design in such a way as to enhance the visual appeal and formal qualities. If only the effort that was put into the creation of the texts incorporated into the drawings was commensurate with that put into the drawings themselves... A few are up to par – including the "title track", which starts it all off, and hits the nail on the head – but most of the other texts required a bit more thought and polish to bring them up to the level of the drawings they are partnered with. We hope Stevenson continues down this road a bit, so maybe next time!
"Yesterday" collects several dozen of Brother Malcolm's short, self-published, autobio mini-comics in one 348 page 6" x 8" softcover volume.
Noah Van Sciver sums up its appeal, best: "Brother Malcolm's comics are loose, masterfully sparse and communicate like your best friend telling you all about his day. You'll fall right into his world."
And, value priced!