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Strip Panel Naked: The Clever Use Of Text In ‘4 Kids Walk Into A Bank’


This week I wanted to talk about one of my favourite first issues of this year, and one particularly cool sequence in 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss and Thomas Mauer. There’s a moment where one of these bad guys punches one of the main characters, a girl, in the face.

It recalls Reservoir Dogs and its stand out ear cutting-off scene. The way that works is by not showing you it actually happening --- and that's a key thing in terms of storytelling generally. A reader's imagination is often more powerful than what you can show them.

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The Kickstarter For ‘Enforcer: Tough Luck’ Combines Magic And Mobsters Into A Book You Oughtta Be Reading

Enforcer: Tough Luck #1

Over the past few years, Kickstarter has become a great place to find (and fund) some pretty great indie comics. There's just one big problem: If you don't hear about something while it's being funded, then there's a good chance you've missed your shot on not just helping to get a good comic out there, but getting a copy of your own. That's why I'm happy to find out about Enforcer: Tough Luck, the new comic from Brian Funk, Artyom Trakhanov, Ryan Cody and Thomas Mauer.

There are only a few days left in the Kickstarter campaign set to fund the first of five issues, but it's well worth your time to check it out. It's a story of mobsters and magic, and it's got some truly fantastic art.

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