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MODICUM #3
$2, U.S.

By gary
Thursday, February 03 2011


This is an interesting little comic, with an unusual cover – six head shots drawn in a way that these people seem to all be from the same tribe. The story in the pulp section of this little comic is stingingly sweet. The story is about a nine-year-old kid who seems to be having age crises just before his ninth birthday. This kid's mind drifts farther off than a piece of wood in the river, but as I remember about youth; that was the way it was. At the start he’s helping his mom paint ladybugs out of rocks. Then he starts pondering that he’s halfway to eighteen, which would mean he was eligible for the draft. While pondering, he paints a bug on the lawn chair which gets him sent to his room. Of course, the room is shared with an older brother who teases him, then tries to rat on him. So, what does one do but go fly a kite? That’s right. Kite flying, which is the perfect place to do some heavy thinking. While kite flying, a girl friend yells up the hill at him which sends him running to their hangout, a flow pipe under a road where they draw on the concrete and store all the used kite string spindles. She catches up with him to tell him that his mom is pissed and he should be getting home. At this point, the kid gets stuck in the tunnel, and the art work is so good that the reader gets a little worried for the kid. However, after the scare he frees himself and is so relieved that when he emerges from the tunnel he gives his friend a grateful hug. I find this story taking me back to when I was a kid: the day dreaming, the contemplation of growing older and getting shit-scared when you get into a tight fit. So, if you can identify this kid with something you did when you were young, you're going to love this. If not, don’t read it, and go back to drinking your beer. (Michael King, 2125 I Street #2, Sacramento, CA 95816)






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