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“One of my favourite comics of all time.”
-Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool

“No discussion of art and writing in comics would be complete without mention of the sublime Longshot Comics...which uses insanely minimal art to tell a funny, affecting and epic story. It’s astonishingly effective comics storytelling. Powerful stuff.”
-Kurt Busiek, Kurt Busiek Resists

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Kindle Edition, 103 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Eyestrain Productions
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Alex Sarll
Probably the most minimalist comic I've ever read, in that all of the characters are literally dots. Also the densest; I'm not sure even Tom Scioli would dare attempt page after page of a 40-panel grid. In a sense it's a classic example of 'my five-year-old could do that' art, but as is so often the case, while your five-year-old might well have the rudimentary technical ability required to draw this, they'd never have the lettering flair, the knack with the placement of the dots or the slight v ...more
Jeff
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No, no, no, no. Don’t believe the hype. This is a ridiculous, empty little gimmick, not a “great graphic novel,” or “minimalist work of genius” or anything like that. It does have some real humor. But it’s crude, assuredly not for children, and a bit on the boring side. It is, in essence, one long stereotype told in a form that must have taken all of an evening to create. If you picked it up at a gas station, stapled together, for $.99, you got something that will make you laugh once or twice wh ...more
Rick
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. And funny.
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The conversations reminded me of Monty Python. Absurd, funny, but in the end a bit depressing.
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