Yes, the new art teacher is going to sketch her way through the 4 hour meeting on admin procedure.
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Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
reviewed by Andrew White
I don’t feel that I need to spend too much time discussing the strengths of Seconds, the new comic by Bryan Lee O’Malley (or Studio O’Malley, rather: Dustin Harbin on letters, Nathan Fairbairn on colors, and Jason Fischer on art assists). The book seems to have been generally well received by reviewers, and in some ways with good reason. The art is clean and dynamic, with ambitious backgrounds that give a strong sense of place (though I will admit I will prefer the airy backgrounds circa Scott Pilgrim Vol. 4 to the fully-rendered, grainy-texture-on-every-piece-of-wood approach seen here). The layouts are in places innovative and always well executed. A number of dense, dialogue-heavy scenes read clearly and smoothly, which is not an easy feat. The colors are very strong, with a palette dominated by oranges and blues that does a great deal to drive the tone of the work. The story is pleasant, nicely paced and well told. I liked it just fine overall.
However, Seconds also has a few key failings that I haven’t seen discussed anywhere in much depth. I’d like to address those here. I suppose we’re close enough to the book’s publication that I should note there are spoilers ahead. Apologies as well for the less than ideal image quality throughout. I’m pretty sure everything is still legible.
Original page from My New York Diary by Julie Doucet, published in Dirty Plotte #10 by Drawn and Quarterly, January 1996.
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