February Comics Roundup
A rather disappointing journey into comics this month, I must say.
Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier
Sunny Side Down: A Collection of Tales of Mere Existence
Like many indie comics writers, Lev Yilmaz is depressed and sad, and his comics are about that. That said, I didn’t find much else to grab onto in this collection. The art isn’t provocative, the depression isn’t all that inspiring or interesting, and the tales are relatively limited in scope. I feel like Yilmaz’s work falls somewhere in tone between Charles Schultz, Chris Ware, and Ivan Brunetti. But Ware brings poignancy and artistic prowess, Schultz brings ennui and biting social commentary, and Ivan Brunetti takes depression and self-immolation to intense extremes; Yilmaz does not achieve any of these. I guess the closest related work I can see is Peter Bagge, but even Bagge’s work has a certain mania to it that Yilmaz doesn’t achieve.
I’d recommend collections by any of the above writers over this one.