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SNAKEPIT, Anthology II
104 pps, 5 ½ X 8 ½, $3

By todd
Friday, January 22 2010

The idea is easy to follow. Ben draws three panels that make up his day and includes the name of a song and artist on the top of the strip. This anthology covers an entire year. He lives in Austin, works in a record store, rides his bike, gets high, plays in a band, and gets sweet on girls who rarely seem to reciprocate. At first, you may be thinking, “Hey, no big deal.” And you’d be right. It isn’t. There isn’t anything grandiose or overblown about this comic. Whenever he labels himself in a drawing, he calls himself dumbass. He never oversteps his observations. So, thankfully, the early-Simpsons-esue quality of his drawings are matched by the Homer-esque ability of Ben. He may not be the smartest or most observant guy in the world, but he sure knows what his abilities are, plays them to his full potential (with often hilarious results, like shitting in a frat boy’s jeep), and at the end of the day, just seems like a guy you’d like to hang out with. The deeper meanings in life come from the entire months that stack up on one another to form a bigger picture that the reader has to put together themselves. It’s just like life. You begin to see patterns, you see little details that repeat, but not in completely the same way. Take Ben’s paydays, for example. Sometimes, he’s decked out like a pimp or a player or has dollar signs for eyeballs. And if you pay close attention, for you avid music fans, there’s a bunch of visual jokes, like Ben turning into the DRI logo when going to a particularly good show or when the very young band, The Snobs, play an in-store, they’re drawn as babies. Awesome stuff. An instant favorite of mine. –Todd (PO Box 49447, Austin, TX 78764)

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