Comics Workbook

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Issue one of Malachi Ward’s Ritual is a 29-page stand-alone titled “Real Life,” and I’m not really sure if it’s a po-faced parody of navel-gazing, #firstworldproblems comics, or it’s the ultimate #firstworldproblems comic. A boring, hip enough couple that are into entry-level alt things like mandolin and NPR and blogging, bump into their relatively dark and mysterious neighbor after their apartment building’s power goes out. For a moment (just two fulgent panels), a paranormal event explodes overhead and goes mostly unnoticed, but our story subsequently molts into a nightmare of insecurity. “Real Life” is about the way in which all the negative junk jumping around in your brain can become a reality if you obsess over it for long enough. Imagine a gender-reversed version of that movie Bellflower, and you’re like, halfway there. Underwhelming at first, and bit too heavy on arch ambiguity, but empathetically rendered and never weird for the sake of weird, this one will stick in your craw for weeks.
-Brandon Soderberg

Issue one of Malachi Ward’s Ritual is a 29-page stand-alone titled “Real Life,” and I’m not really sure if it’s a po-faced parody of navel-gazing, #firstworldproblems comics, or it’s the ultimate #firstworldproblems comic. A boring, hip enough couple that are into entry-level alt things like mandolin and NPR and blogging, bump into their relatively dark and mysterious neighbor after their apartment building’s power goes out. For a moment (just two fulgent panels), a paranormal event explodes overhead and goes mostly unnoticed, but our story subsequently molts into a nightmare of insecurity. “Real Life” is about the way in which all the negative junk jumping around in your brain can become a reality if you obsess over it for long enough. Imagine a gender-reversed version of that movie Bellflower, and you’re like, halfway there. Underwhelming at first, and bit too heavy on arch ambiguity, but empathetically rendered and never weird for the sake of weird, this one will stick in your craw for weeks.

-Brandon Soderberg

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