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Issue 2 of 'Dump' is the latest publication
from the Tayside based comics creator, David Robertson. The comic
contains a variety of strips, ranging from one-page works produced with
artistic collaborators to longer, more autobiographical works that are both written and drawn by Robertson.
The first story, Dump, nicely illustrates one of Robertson's key
strengths: the juxtaposition between the often mundane nature of daily
life and the absurdities that can be found within. This theme is
continued in six one page strips, exploring such everyday scenarios as
why people vote, social anxiety, and celebrity name association. The
commonplace nature of many of the events depicted allow the reader to
easily identify with the scenarios, with Robertson marrying this with a
sly wit and a unique way of interpreting these familiar situations.
As enjoyable as these pieces are, for me the real success of the
publication lies in the two stories that make up its second half.
Autobiographical in nature, a 4 page story details Robertson's
interpretation of the development of e-mail and the Internet, and how
this has been reflected in his own life. A fascinating piece, it does a
good job of highlighting not only the pace of change, but also how
outlandish certain innovations seem in isolation and upon first
introduction. Encompassing everything from Geocities to Twitter,
Robertson also highlights his comic knowledge by providing a sly nod to
technology from the Lee/Kirby run of the Incredible Hulk.
final strip, 'Everything', is a treat. Produced from scratch as part of a
24-hour Comics Day event, this details Robertson's journey thus far,
exploring the career, personal and social factors that have shaped his
life to date. I am always fascinated by insights into the creative
process and following Robertson's journey from youthful comic mash-ups
to adult self publication is an engaging read. Robertson's art is not
flashy but is simple and effective, a good fit for the everyday
situations depicted in his work.
The format and production
values of the title merit special mention. Modelled on the Penguin
Classics template, the cover is instantly eye catching, while the
reproduction inside is crisp and clear. The volume concludes with a
short text piece from Robertson that gives an insight into the
background for each story, as well as raising the tantalising prospect
of a third issue of 'Dump' to be released in the future.
admit that I don't dip into the small press scene very often, but
reading this work has reminded me of the quality that can be found out
there and this is definitely an area that I'll look to explore further
in the future. More information about David Robertson's work can be
found at the following location:
Blog - http://fredeggcomics.blogspot.co.uk/
Website - http://fredeggcomics.piczo.com/