Thursday, May 6, 2010

Flytrap Episode Four

By Sara Ryan and Sarah Burrini

A few years ago I ended up with a copy of Sara Ryan’s comic “Me and Edith Head”, it was good stuff. Flytrap is also good.

It’s the story of a small circus troupe, love, and romance. This issue has several of the girls from the circus going and getting really drunk in a tiki bar (I kind of want to go to one of those) because of boys (boys! You cannot trust them). The story’s not too long (it’s only eight pages), and it’s clearly part of a longer narrative, but it manages to work by itself.

I really like Ryan’s dialogue here; it’s funny and manages to give distinct voices to each of the characters. Burrini’s art is also quite good. I’m not sure how well she’s managed to keep the character designs from the earlier chapters (which were drawn by different artists), and I’m kind of confused by one of the characters smoking (I don’t think you can do that in bars in America anymore), but she draws a dejected girl playing with plastic monkeys pretty well.

The only downside is that it’s taken something like five years for the story to get this far, making me wonder how long it’s going to be until it’s completely finished. Maybe I’ll go and find one of Sara Ryan’s novels and read that instead. Even though they’re aimed at teenage girls I’m sure they’re worth checking out.

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