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‘Grand Theft Andy’ Explores Video Game Hyperviolence Through a Cartoony Comic Lens

Andrew Lorenzi’s established a pretty thorough affection for video games with his “Pokémon” and “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” strips, among others, but his immersion into Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto” series may be his most comprehensive look inside the gaming experience yet.

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has gone live with Lorenzi’s action-packed “Grand Theft Andy,” which features trademark experiences from the GTA franchise including carjacking, escalating confrontations with law enforcement, solicitation, jumping from helicopters and the eventual demises all of the above seem to lead to. Best of all, Lorenzi tosses in authentic load screens to remind readers that even the most over-the-top escapist gaming experiences have annoying consequences.

Lorenzi’s lines are somewhat evocative of Hergé’s “Tintin” stories in this particular strip, although Andy’s antics would probably blow the Belgian reporter’s mind. Or maybe not. Part of me can really see TinTin getting down with some PS3 action, although he’d probably settle for a Wii so that Snowy could play too.Read the full comic over at Top Shelf 2.0.

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