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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Liz's Pick of the Week

Do you like your comics a little on the bizarre side?  Do you enjoy the colorful characters, stylized look, and brutal violence of the average Tarantino film?  Do you think Elvis would be cooler with a little more blood on his hands?  If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you should check out Rafael Grampa's Mesmo Delivery, out now on Dark Horse.

This short-form graphic novel glimpses a fateful moment in the journey of two delivery men- one a garrulous old Elvis impersonator, the other a lumbering ex-boxer.  They make a quick stop at remote roadhouse, run into some unsavory types, and all hell breaks loose.  In the midst of it all we get the idea that one trucker may know a little more about the nature of their mysterious cargo than the other. 

It's a quick read, but a memorable one.  Grampa gives the reader just enough information to appreciate the gravity of all the action. The art has an old-timey animated quality, but is incredibly textured; the vintage-style signs and text and the washed-out, limited color palette create a really strong sense of place.  Not for the squeamish, but tight, fun, and singular, Mesmo Delivery comes highly recommended from your friends here at the Laughing Ogre!

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