Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Cute and Funny--Amity Blamity Book One
Written by Mike White, this started life as a differently-named web-comic before becoming a black-and-white trade paperback about a young girl named Gretchen who doesn't speak, a pig named Chester, and grown man named Uncle Downey who lives like a pig (and is Gretchen's uncle)--and the Grandma pops up along with a small critter named Winston who is really off his rocker. It's a fun all-ages geared tale with just enough humor that appeals to us grown-ups that everyone could enjoy it.
Separated into various chapters, Gretchen, Chester, and Uncle Downey--along with Winston, engage in various interesting shenanigans such as sleep-walking (you can wake up a sleep-walker without worry, by the way, despite the comic saying you shouldn't), helping Uncle Downey with his moonshine operation, and generally cracking very funny jokes that made me grin on multiple occasions. The book is very light-hearted and young children will love the physical-humor while us adults will get the more wordy-humor, with some jokes being surprisingly dark, such as the most twisted ones--when Chester comments on the ever-paranoid Winston having not been the same since eating some of Uncle Downey's brownies and watching, "that 9/11 documentary," or Downey remembering when he tortured Winston with a vacuum cleaner for fun--with the comic adding a hilarious disclaimer about how it doesn't endorse such things and you should hug your pets. Yeah, this comic has some cutesy stuff, but it also knows when to cut a little loose.
4 out of 5 stars.