Rating: 3.5/5 – An amazing range of artistic expression from 22 female creators.
The Strumpet is a black & white comics anthology by female creators. This 3rd issue is themed as “The Tasty Issue” and has stories focused on taste; in food, movies, relationships, etc. There’s quite a roster of talent in this 72 page issue, with 22 creators creating a vast array of stories ranging in length from a single page (there are 3 of these) to the longest story that runs 8 pages, with the bulk of the stories, 16 of them, coming in at 2 or 3 pages. It’s quite a sampler of artistic visions in a single package.
Like with most anthologies, readers will find a vast array of things to like a lot or not so much in these pages. I loved the variety but found my enjoyment of them running the gamut from “Very nicely done!” to “That story was just kind of there.” I liked seeing all the art and storytelling styles ranging from illustrated recipes (I’ll have to try a couple of them out) to personal stories of life and relationships to humor to text pieces and interviews. While bunch of the stories didn’t really speak to me personally I appreciated the insights into the female point of view on relationships expressed in several ways in different stories.
My 2 favorite stories in the volume were Robin Ha’s “Bad Taste, Good Taste” which focused on taste in movies and the experience of being dropped into a viewing of Twilight and Joan Reilly’s “Clandestine Meatings” that told the story of a woman with decidedly non-vegetarian food cravings when in relationships with vegetarian guys. Anyone who checks out this comic will likely have their own favorites. I’d urge you to find out more about the comic and order your own copy on their web-site at: http://strumpetcomic.com/
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall – firstname.lastname@example.org
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