D+Q's offering 'top pick for FCBD'

“A Comics Feast! All The Free Comic Book Day Comics Reviewed, Part I” / Bleeding Cool / Rich Johnston / April 30, 2015

Excerpts from two recent Drawn & Quarterly collections, Super Mutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki and Step Aside, Pops, by Kate Beaton, are included in this comic. But the fact that they are excerpts actually doesn’t lessen the impact of the comic. This may well be my top pick for FCBD this year for sheer hilarity via the weird and wonderful. Tamaki’s stories redefine a kind of magic realism, let’s call it “mutant realism” that operates in a rough parody of something like Xavier’s school for the gifted where kids are going about their lives and the traces or massive footprints of mutant power influence the humorous or poignant points being made about youth. Beaton, whose reputation no doubt precedes her, deserves all the accolades she has received for sheer off the wall and unpredictable historical and literary humor. Her offerings, from a Jane Austen framed Fox and Mulder story to, perhaps my favorite “Nemesis”, will give you a Beaton addiction that you won’t be able to kick. This is for people who think comics can be astonishing and want to see all the ways they can be.

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