Here’s my attempt at doing a single panel gag cartoon. When I was 16 I got it into my head that I would be a single panel gag cartoonist. I figured that getting paid for doing one drawing was much better than getting the same pay for for a multi-panel comic strip (and would take
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“Putting together the new UNDERWORLD collection with Kaz was something of a revelation to me. Although I’ve loved the strip for over two decades now, and enthusiastically greenlit the book the moment that Kaz pitched the idea to me, I’d honestly forgotten just how good of a cartoonist Kaz is, and how great of a strip UNDERWORLD is. It’s a singularly great comic strip, one of the last in a dying breed: the alt-weekly strip, which operated free of the editorial constraints of the big syndicates. It reads like a profane, postmodern, punk apotheosis of many of the best strips of the 20th Century, notably Segar’s Thimble Theater, Bushmiller’s Nancy, and Gould’s Dick Tracy. Though the format may seem increasingly anachronistic, Underworld‘s content remains as potent as anything the medium has produced over the past quarter-century. In other words, it’s a fucking hoot, and if you’ve never read it, you’re in for a treat. –Eric Reynolds.” Read the rest of the story Comics Journal Review Editor Pick
From comicbookgalaxy.com More playful than suicidal, My Little Funny Underworld still reminds me of Tony Millionaire’s Maakies. Most of the punchlines come quick and hard, often out of left field. Sometimes, though, it’s just fart jokes (p. 88). It all works. Kaz’s line is confident and consistent, but he spots blacks well and places objects in a convincing space, giving the reader room to explore the mini-universes he creates with each new strip. There’s over a dozen colour strips that are a visual feast — let’s hope future collections are all-colour. The humour ranges from (literally) potty gags (pp. 7, 27) to existential dadaism (p. 43), all hanging together through a comic sensibility that acts as an unseen docent on a tour of what Kaz thinks is funny. He’s almost always right, and at ten bucks, this is a steal. Grade: 4.5/5 — Alan David Doane
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Here’s a way-too sketchy comic strip I did straight in ink. It looks like I may have drooled on the first panel blotting some of the ink lines. This is a typical Underworld joke that I’ve done a couple of times. Something that seems scary and aggressive turns out to be a turn on. I
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