Zenyaku 5 : Checkmate [October 2020]



32 pages, 26cm x 17cm, Shaun Craike [art] and Susan Torre [story], Visit the Facebook page for ordering info: www.facebook.com/Zenyaku ... Now that the series is complete, I believe that you can get the whole thing for a special price!

This final issue wraps up the story of these human chess pieces [although the characters do have actual names - for example the main character is called Drake - in fact they call each other by their 'rank' from King and Queen through Bishop and Rook down to lowly Pawn.] I've always loved Shaun's art, however it's let down by the awkward, cliched writing [not to mention terrible spelling]. Although, I'll admit that I am by no means part of the target audience... Nevertheless, I would certainly look forward to seeing the progress made in this area if Shaun and Susan unite on another project.

Dithering Doodles #133 [Oct 2020]




16 pages, 22cm x 14cm, $2.00 or trade, Steven Anderson, 259 E 700 S, SLC UT 84111, USA + premiumdeluxe at hotmail dot com

16 pages, 22cm x 14cm, $2.00 or trade, Steven Anderson, 259 E 700 S, SLC UT 84111, USA + premiumdeluxe at hotmail dot com

Wotta pleasure to receive another packet of comics from the Dith Dood! Lately his creations are tormented by mosquitoes and spiders dropping in from above. Spiderwebs everywhere too! Of course WuFlu-shaped heads and creatures abound. This issue also features altered High School Yearbook ads from the '50s and '60s. I love these comics so much! But can the Dith Dood keep up such a prolific output? Let's hope so!


Zenyaku 4 - En Passant / Zwischenzug [June 2019]



32 pages, 26cm x 17cm, Shaun Craike [art] and Susan Torre [story], Visit the Facebook page for ordering info: www.facebook.com/Zenyaku ... Now that the series is complete, I believe that you can get the whole thing for a special price!

I regret that this review is somewhat late, since about a week ago Shaun sent me Zenyaku 5 - the final, concluding issue of this series. So this will be short and sweet [however I suggest you read my previous Zenyaku reviews - links below].

Here are more snappy one-liners ["No sudden moves there, Chump Norris!"]; more slicing and dicing [if this was in colour, there would be red splashes all over the place!]; more of Shaun's terrific art; and more unintentionally funny lines ["...killed for betraying the clan, and he is to take his father's place, whenever he likes it or not."]

Intrigued by this issue's subtitle, I learned that 'en passant' is a chess move involving a special pawn capture. So then I wasn't surprised to find out that 'Zwischenzug' is also a chess reference - an unexpected move played just before the expected move. Susan Torre must be a real chess enthusiast!