So, it was with not a small amount of resentment and trepidation that I began my journey into 321: Fast Comics. The Speed Dating of comics, if you will – this is a graphic novel/compilation of 3-page comics. Like 21 of them to be exact (so I guess I read 63 pages . . . huh). Anyway, each little comic is supposed to be like a narrative of people next to you - in a bar or on the street or whatever – you get a snippet of what they’re saying, you understand a little (or a lot) of the story, and they wander out of ear shot. I mean this metaphorically – each 3 page comic is completely different . . . many in completely different worlds. With me still?
I expected 63 pages of artsy feelings and hipster irony. What I actually got were some 20 (In fairness, I didn’t like one of them.) parables, clever jokes, different takes, and downright goodness. It’s like after reading the latest 1,200-page, epic Stephen King (who I love) novel, sometimes I just need a 100-page novella or short story, because I can’t take another deep dive right at that moment. Savvy? Anyway, 321: Fast Comics is the short story and novella compilation of comics. For instance – did you ever wonder about Watson and Sherlock meeting as roommates for the first time? Who knows - maybe the Sherlock world has covered this, but in 3 pages an entertaining, little interaction of miscommunication and awkwardness shows how it might have been – and since I know how it turned out (what with solving crimes and 2 movies and a million books, plus the never-ending TV shows), I was a willing confederate in the story . . . I was an insider.
To say every story has a twist is wrong, but every (except maybe 1) story has something in it that compelled me. I’m not going further. If you like short stories (like me), this is a crazy, cool, little book.
If you’re an aspiring writer, if you’re bored of epic tales, if you are clever and want to see clever by someone else, or if you want a VERY cool graphic novel that newbies can pick up and love, you should buy this. I am about to order it myself. It’s pretty freaking cool.
*321: Fast Comics is currently running a Kickstarter campaign that may be found here.