Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gags for Kids

By Karen Sneider

Sometimes it's kind of funny to read zines or minicomics and see that they've been published somewhere bigger/more prestigious. In the case of this book by Sneider all the comics were preivously published in Nickelodeon Magazine, which I belive had a pretty solid comics section while it was coming out.

The comics are all single panel gag comics, and they're all funny. I laughed out loud at some of them, and kind of wish I could scan more of them for this review. The artwork is attractive, and conveys the jokes using a simple but effective style.

Overall these reminded me a lot of the type of cartoons that are published in the New Yorker magazine, so I was unsurprised to see that Sneider has also drawn comics for them. The big difference is that these comics are aimed at children, and are probably funnier because they're not trying to be "high brow" or whatever. (Though looking at Sneider's site it doesn't seem like there's much difference between the types of comics she's created for each magazine.)

(Note, I am exhausted and don't have access to a scanner right now. The below picture was taken from Sneider's website. The actual comic isn't in colour (apart from the cover). I'll try to scan that tomorrow. This is an awesome comic though.)

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