RUM LAD #10, £2, 5¾” x 8”, A5, 16 pgs.

Aug 16, 2017

Wow, this is filled to the brim for a sixteen-page diary comic. (I remember Steve Larder’s art from the cover for one of the issues of As You Were.) It’s gorgeous when he draws big, detailed pictures and charming when he draws simple doodles. Personally, I would kill for a longer work in either style. Here we get them mish-mashed together on every page, the doodles providing the jokes with the intricate pieces setting the scene. The narrative is a tour diary about the bands touring the U.K. and listening to Slayer. It’s easy to use Snakepit as a reference point, but this one has a different sense of flow in its scope. Days become paragraphs and pages and linear time doesn’t mean as much. It’s a good read, even if you just want to look at the drawings. –Bryan Static (Steve Larder,