MY SMALL DAIRY: $1, 8 ½” x 11”, copied, 20 pgs.

Mar 04, 2011

Delaine is not kidding when she says “Small Diary,” especially considering this comic zine covers a three year span (‘93-’96). But despite its size, it packs a hilarious punch. Hilarious because of what she decides to include in this diary: the creepy, the fortuitous, and the mundane, though what’s mundane to the reader are tiny victories or failures to the author (e.g. “I slipped and fell on my way to the Blues Explosion concert. I didn’t spill my Everclear-Punch”). Each page is filled with slice-of-life frames that don’t appear to be connected to each other. But you get a sense of rhythm with each page, an intuitive feeling that the final frame is the bizarre punch line to a subtle joke you weren’t expecting. That is where the humor comes from: a surprising, subtle finesse. –Katie Dunne (Delaine, 459 Main St., Ste. 101-263 Trussville, AL 35173, [email protected])

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