[24 pages, digest, $? >>> Christian Filardo, 320 E. 14th St., Tempe AZ 85281, USA +++ christianfilardo (at) gmail.com ]
The first three issues of Second Hand Smoke landed in my mailbox today. The comics in SHS#1 were drawn in March 2010 so if my maths are correct, Christian's making one of these every month. There's no denying the art is raw and primitive, but that's cool with me. I ain't a comix snob. The main thing is whether they're funny or not, and some of the stuff in these is funny as shit. (Shit can be VERY funny you know!)
Exhibit A: The strip 'Toilet Paper Crisis' in which Christian (who lives in a college dorm with community bathrooms) has to use the crapper after drinking his morning coffee, but discovers too late there's no toilet paper so he has to slide under to the next stall in which, luckily, there is toilet paper. But Christian also throws some heavier elements into the mix, for example his story about finding the dead birds.
There's also some honest and awkward boy-wants-to-meet-girl stuff in here that was genuinely touching (and reminded me of Tung's Dex comics from the late '90s).
I'm totally jazzed to see where SHS goes from here..
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