ADULTS ONLY! 28 pages, digest, by Shaun Craike, email for ordering info >>> scraike81 [at] hotmail.com + www.shaunc.deviantart.com
In his editorial, Shaun admits that the comix in this collection were produced in 2010, an "utter shit year" for him. "But instead of going in the corner and sulking there for the rest of my life (which I did for a little while), I decided to get on my feet and make more comic material." Right there he pretty much nails the cathartic power of art, some of the best, most powerful and enduring of which comes from dark places, rather than those of happy happy joy joy contentment. I mean, do you really wanna read a comic about how awesome the author's life is? No, you don't.
Anyway, Retro Orange brings together comix that appeared in Phatsville Comix #17, Groovy Gravy #13, Blackguard #4, and one "...originally illustrated for the Severed comic anthology which never saw print". Why did that anthology never see print? More information please! Well, a loss for that anthology because Shaun's strip is a very funny and gruesome twist on the unrequited love theme.
There's some bonus stuff that hasn't appeared anywhere else, and even the stuff that appeared elsewhere, you probably haven't seen all of it (I know I haven't ... Groovy Gravy? I thought the last issue of that came out in the '90s! Huh!)
One strip I didn't get - 'People That Sell The Big Issue' ... Is it pro or con?