"Camping" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dusk Bunnies Comics

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Written by Mike Eshelman
Illustrated by Alex Levasseur
2013, 20 Pages

Review:

I have a longstanding belief that mankind does not belong in the woods.  I live in a civilized society with electricity, indoor plumbing, and high speed internet.  There's no reason I should jeopardize any of those luxuries for a chance to “rough it” in a tent where I could get eaten by a bear or wipe my ass with a pine cone.  The horror genre provides me with ample items to back up my belief from Friday the 13th to The Cabin in the WoodsCamping is another such tale.

Camping is a one-shot comic that focuses on a few guys gathered around a campfire in the wilderness.  They're your typical dude-bros ribbing each other with homophobic barbs while complaining about work or other aspects of life.  This goes on for the majority of the book, then, just when you've had about enough of the beer chat, the other shoe drops and hits like a ton of bricks.  I'm not going to spoil this twist because it's too good.  It would ruin the entire book.  Suffice it to say, it definitely backs up my fear of the woods.  

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Although the ending is solid, the artwork is pretty rough.  It's sketch-like, making it look almost unfinished.  The inks are pretty loose over the pencils which doesn't help.  There are many panels that appear flat and two dimensional.

There's a saying about comic lettering.  I'm paraphrasing, but it's something like, “If you notice the lettering, it was done poorly.”  That's the case here.  It looks like the text was just typed over the artwork instead of spending the time (and money) to do it right.  Different fonts are used to signify the different characters, but it's tough to tell that at first.  Instead, this looks sloppy and it's distracting while reading the book.  

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Camping is an indie comic with a great twisting ending, but it's bogged down by lackluster artwork and rough lettering.  If the latter was redone, it would be a significant improvement.  That hook is enough to give it a second read through, as it will be done with a new set of eyes.

Grades:

Story: threeandahalfstars Cover
Art: twostars
Overall: 2.5 Star Rating

 

 

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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