By Dan White
Okay then, so if Cindy and Biscuit no. 1 made my best of 2011 list and Cindy and Biscuit no. 2 made my recent best of 2012 list, what do you reckon the odds of Cindy and Biscuit no. 3 making it three in three?
Oh, apart from the comic technically being released in 2012. We’ll just skate over that. It arrived on the doormat just last week. Good enough for me.
And having gone so many times on record with my love for Dan White’s wonderful creation it’s surely no surprise that I’m going to tell you once more how very, very good this comic is.
‘..sweet, funny, action-packed but there’s an emotional layer in there as well, a rather heartbreaking reading into the comic – and it’s that duality that made me absolutely fall in love with Cindy and Biscuit. …. it fills my heart with simple joy and then breaks it apart. It’s a lovely little comic, a wonderful new discovery and something I’ll cherish. I think you should as well.’ (Issue 1)
‘Steely determination, a sense of fear, of trepidation, of regret, of being belittled once more, and yet, somewhere in Cindy and Biscuit there’s always that moment of wonderful joy, that hint of a smile, that beautiful moment when Cindy’s world opens up just a little, where the marvels of her world register, where she’s at peace, and just as with that final panel, you’ll find yourself almost cheering in your shared happiness.’ (Issue 2)
Oh, you get the idea. .
So, here we are, a completely pointless review in so many ways. Of the 56-pages of issue 3 I’ve already told you about two of the three stories - Cindy and the fever and Cindy & Biscuit and the camera (both published online at Mindless Ones).
And just those two short tales have all the sense of fun, action, danger, and slightly unsettling sense of darkness coming through in so many little ways.
But the big draw here is the massive 37-page tale Abducted Again. Yes, again.
Poor Cindy, never one to have just a normal day out in the woods. She turns a corner and suddenly there’s a big nasty robot thing doing a spot of sampling. Cindy, in all her wonderful ways, realises this is not on…
And what do you do when you meet a nasty robot stealing stuff from your woods?
Yeah, you make a plan. A careful plan, a plan that requires thought, concentration, and some beautifully observed body language and facial expressions from Cindy….
It also needs diagrams drawn in the earth…..
Diagrams of Cindy and Biscuit HITTING THE ROBOT WITH STUFF…. 3… 2… 1… GO!
Smile, smile, smile, smile, smile. How wonderfully great was that little sequence? That’s only 3 pages. There’s another 53 in here to love.
After talking a little about Cindy’s facial expression with issue 2 and how White uses this to deliver so much story through such simplicity, I thought we’d spend a little time musing on White’s bloody excellent use of motion, fast cuts, and perfect pacing. It was there all along of course, but having the space in the 37-page Abducted Again simply means White has gone and done more, much much more…. like this….
It’s so gloriously kinetic, so readable, never any doubt where you’re eye is being led, and you go with it, because White’s easy on the eye, perfect paced artwork simply wont take no for an answer.
I’ve praised C&B up, down, left, right, forwards, and backwards but the one thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned is how it reminds me of classic Calvin &Hobbes. The Calvin & Hobbes Sunday pages where Watterson told a longer tale, or some of his longer stories spread through the weeks. Yes, the characters are different, the props are different, but the feeling, that wonderful moment of absolute joy from reading something this good…. that’s just the same.
Next issue. I think I’ll just put links to past reviews, a few pages of art and a huge BUY THIS COMIC to end. That would do just as well.