Mini Comic Review: Tucker Toon #2
I want to occasionally put up reviews of different webcomics, mini-comics, and comic books that I come across at conventions, through podcasting, and through web connections. The cartoonist Dustin Garcia, who I mentioned in my review of the 2013 LA Zine Fest, had read my review of Tucker Toon #1, sent me a copy of Tucker Toon #2, and I finally have gotten some free time to write my thoughts on this issue.
First impression from opening the package in the mail, was the amazing quality of printing done on this. For a mini comic, he gets a lot of traction with only one color, by using smart production (varying the grays and blacks) and interesting paper choices. The second impression was that Dustin Garcia (aka DusT), kindly drew a rad image of Tucker, the main character, which is always a super rad touch, and one of the things I love about independent comics.
The story, all silent, was similar to the premise of the first issue. This old timey character named tucker, who is I believe a homeless cat. We follow him through a hilarious romp where Tuckers nose literally rots off, and he’s left trying to find a replacement. The thing that sells this comic, is the amazing pacing, panel structuring, lovely obsession with drawing the grotesque, and amazing line quality. There’s a lovely ability of character design, adherence to the tradition of underground cartooning, with a skill that gets Herriman-esque at times, in both paneling and inking. Just see these lovely pages:
Needless to say, I truly enjoy this series of mini comics, and highly recommend picking up DusT aka. Dustin Garcia’s Tucker Toon #2 before they sell out at his shop here:
It’s rad to see cartoonists who are invested in the art of inking, paneling, and balancing black and white designs.
Now I gotta get back to cartooning/freelance!