Here we are with page seven of "Eye of the Beholder" - one more page to go and the suspense is at its height. I certainly went with "religious fury" with this story, didn't I? There's even a "Kraka-DOOM!" sound effect!
Strip Search isn't only my first comic book publication, but also perhaps my best reviewed work to date. A hundred years ago, I wrote about how reviews are tough to come by for me and what I write (for whatever reason), but Strip Search was reviewed by none other than the American Library Association, which, even if you've never heard of it before, sounds pretty official. I didn't read the review until several years after the book was released (way to keep up on it, Jeff), but I was still taken back when I did. Here's what the ALA had to say in their publication, "Booklist":
After the plug was pulled on the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, editor Gallardo found himself griping about where emerging artists were going to get their first exposure. So he started up a Web-based version of DHP, and here he presents the cream, according to site visitors, of what he put up on the site monthly, July 2002-June 2003. Pretty obviously, the genre won't run out of artistic talent any time soon. The Brownlee brothers' faux photographic style and Steve Morris' gorgeously manipulated and photographed models may be the most technically adroit stuff on view, but the other contributors' highly varied drawing styles are just as impressive, whether in color or black and white. The story element is frequently rather thin, however, and many may give best story honors to Jeff McClelland and Ruben D. Cordero Jr.'s straightforward inversion of Hansel and Gretel. All the others beg for more development, which makes the collection's point that each of these newcomers could reward a much longer look at his or her work. -- Ray Olson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reservedLet me highlight the interesting part of that review, just to make sure no one missed it: "...many may give best story honors to Jeff McClelland and Ruben D. Cordero Jr.'s straightforward inversion of Hansel and Gretel." Wow. I have no idea who you are, Ray Olson, but what a nice thing to say. I'm still not sure what I did to deserve it, but I'll take a compliment where I can get one, without a doubt.