ALL WE EVER DO IS TALK ABOUT WOOD and PAUL GOES FISHING reviewed by Contra Costa Times

“Half a dozen graphic novels and nary a guy in tights” / Contra Costa Times / Randy Myers / May 25, 2008

"All We Ever Do Is Talk About Wood," by Tom Horacek (Drawn & Quarterly, $9.95).
The plot: This mini collection of one-panel comics features bobble-headed characters thrust into quirky but humorous situations.
The verdict: Normally, one-panel zingers leave me hankering for something more. I much prefer story over punch lines. But the witty and acerbic Horacek consistently made me laugh out loud, over such situations as the husband by the bedside of his wife and new baby, saying "Let's name him Margaret and see what happens." "Wood" is must reading for whenever life seems to be getting entirely too serious.
"Paul Goes Fishing," by Michel Rabagliati (Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95, 208 pages).
The plot: A seemingly average man embarks on a lakeside vacation with his partner Lucie and some friends. The trip leads to introspection, understanding and revelations.
The verdict: I adore Rabagliati's tenderly observed chronicle, the fourth in a series featuring the protagonist Paul. The Canadian-born author captures the mood of growing up and the insecurities that hound all of us. The last segment with him and Lucie trying to have a child is not just touching, it's profound. One of my favorites this year.

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