Sunday, September 17, 2006

Stripping Down #8 - My Field Trip To Planet Karen

Whenever I begin to feel jaded about comics in general, something comes along that reignites my passion for the medium. Karen Ellis has injected the well-worn 'visual diary' concept with a joie de vivre that is hopelessly addictive. Karen's tightly written and at times brutally direct daily observations are immediately engaging. The art, loose but well defined and brimming with kinetic energy, greatly enhances the peaks and troughs of the narrator’s life. Each daily account can be enjoyed as of itself, but there is a cohesion that makes the entire book a persuasive read. The confident writing and art have continually improved since the comic strip's launch in March 2006, and Ellis' self-confessed 'short cuts' to get back on schedule are master classes in storytelling. Life on Planet Karen is far from unremittingly sunny, but even the darkest confessionals are imbued with an optimism and humour that can engage the most cynical reader. This is clearly a small press creator at the top of their game. Read this, donate generously and ensure that this talent does not go unnoticed or unrewarded.
Available on the Planet Karen website

Adapted from my reviews that originally appeared in Comics International #198 and #200

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Blogger Jim Alexander said...

Hey Kieron your blog entries are in danger of getting as sporadic as mine. While I'm on the subject what's happened to Comics International #200? And don't you think Keith Allen's Sheriff of Nottingham is the double of Dez Skinn?

11:19 p.m.  
Blogger Khayem said...

Hi Jim, just checked my pulse and I'm still alive, which is a relief! No sign of my copy of CI #200 yet, but Dez & co. did have major tech problems with the last few issues. I haven't seen Robin Hood yet, so couldn't possibly comment. However, I'm convinced that Randy from My Name Is Earl moonlights as the Scissor Sisters guitarist...

5:54 p.m.  
Blogger Jim Alexander said...

Yes, that is a bit of a shame. CI is not the important comics organ it once was, but it's still good to have around like a favourite uncle or auntie. Are you still planning on reviewing Negative Burn #3?

7:13 p.m.  
Blogger Khayem said...

Yes, yes and verily, yes! And if my final yes doesn't result in an on-line Negative Burn #3 review by this weekend, then the Comics Code Authority can lock me up and throw away the key.

6:36 a.m.  
Blogger Jim Alexander said...

Comic Code be praised! It's about time these people expand their horizons and take over the whole goddamned world.

Are you going to the Comics Show in dear ol' Brum in December, btw?

4:19 p.m.  

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