Comic Review: Love and Other Weird Things (IDW Publishing)

If you love had drawn cartoon panels, weird cartoons, then there’s a new release this week that’s right up your alley; Love And Other Weird Things, from IDW. Craig Yoe […]

If you love had drawn cartoon panels, weird cartoons, then there’s a new release this week that’s right up your alley; Love And Other Weird Things, from IDW.

Craig Yoe delights in bringing interesting publications to the market through his Yoe Books imprint, and this one is no exception. In fact, it’s exceptionally captivating.

Rich Sparks, a freelance illustrator since the ’80s, got his cartooning start a few years ago while doodling. Sparks was doodling while attending meetings as a proofreader at publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, doodling on the train, doodling at night in front of the TV. And then came publication of his cartoons in the New Yorker, Barron’s, and Wall Street Journal.

His single-panel cartoons, with their scratchy black line drawings, are little pokes at midwestern Americans. Normal but super-eccentric. Sometimes there is a person who Sparks wants to remember in a cartoon; his dad, for example. Other times, it’s a play on words involving a comic hero like Superman or Spider-Man. Or a totally off the wall pun, or a visualization of a slightly altered concept. An everyday word taken to the extreme. A cliche taken with a grain of salt. You get the picture. Pages and pages of wonderfully imaginative musings, amuse-bouches, little tastes of a meandering mind and pen.

If you like your humour a bit on the urbane, intellectual side, you’ll enjoy the collected cartoons of Love And Other Weird Things!

Love And Other Weird Things, Yoe Books imprint of IDW, $14.99 for 154 pages of content. Assume Teen +

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!