Pencil Head #1 (Image)


CREDIT: Image Comics

Rating: 4.5/5 – A Look at the Seedy but Humorous Underbelly of Comics.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall

Pencil Head takes a look at an off-center and decidedly twisted world of Ted McKeever’s creation, following the tortured comics creator Poodwaddle.  Poodwaddle seems to be McKeever’s avatar in this story that looks at a seedy and somewhat humorous underbelly of the comics industry.

Poodwaddle has deadlines to meet, a boorish editor and  eager fanboy-turned-assistant at the company he’s working for, and another sleazy editor trying to poach him for a competitor.  That’s only the start of the fun as Poodwaddle traverses strip clubs and subways as things start to get a little strange(r).   Look at the cover of this comic and you’ll see exactly what’s inside and it needs to be seen to be appreciated.  Pencil Head is unlike any other comic you’ll find on the racks and that’s a wonderful thing from my point of view, I’m always on the lookout for comics that bring the “different”.

McKeever’s art is exaggerated and humorous, as a result Pencil Head won’t be for everyone.  For people like myself who are fans of his unique form of comics expression, this series is a treat.  Coarse language and locations like a strip club make this a mature readers title, so keep that in mind if you’re easily offended.  That said, it’s right up my alley so I loved it.  There was a decidedly dark twist near the end and I’m looking forward to seeing how McKeever weaves it into the story next issue.  I’m on board for this 5 issue exploration of McKeever’s bizarre reflection of the world behind the scenes of the comics.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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