Comic Review: Deep Breaths (IDW Publishers)

If you are looking for something different, say no more. I have just the book for you! It’s Deep Breaths, by Chris Gooch, from IDW and Top Shelf. A space […]

If you are looking for something different, say no more. I have just the book for you! It’s Deep Breaths, by Chris Gooch, from IDW and Top Shelf.

A space bounty hunter tracks down a frog princess, a woman finds a condom where it shouldn’t be, and a spoiled art student works his first freelance job. Deep Breaths is a collection of 10 previously printed short comic stories by Gooch, an Australian creator.

Each story starts with a shortlist of the tools that Gooch used to create the art, for example: “Buddy”, Originally published in Voiceworks #105 (Express Media) in 2016.
Digitally coloured. Drawn with a pencil.

It’s interesting, offbeat and brave. The dialogue is sharp, the concepts compelling. The hand-drawn line work texture varies from story to story, whether pencil, marker, digital stylus or ink pen. Each short story is ‘black plus one’, meaning black ink on paper with one additional colour used as a halftone. Colours vary from green to red or dark mauve, etc.

IDW Top Shelf, Deep Breaths, softcover, $19.99 for 220 pages. Mature

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!!