Closser, like his more contemporary influences such as Tony Millionaire or R. Sykoriak, for example, puts together a book that feels as if it's from a bygone era. With Closser, this is not post modern revisionism, unlike his contemporary influences, or, rather, the revisionism or post modernism of it all is the moxy to do work in the style of classic newspaper adventure/'humor strips where the goal is no more or less than to tell a good story that works for both adults and children. Not so much that Closser is seeking to follow in the footsteps of the newspaper comic strip cartoonist heroes of the past, but. rather, he seeks the things they sought. TOMMY LOST could easily turn to corn, but the delicate balancing act between nostalgia and solid story telling is consistently maintained making it fresh and timeless, which is impressive. But more importantly: it's fun. (Posted on 3/19/14)
I’ll read anything that Koyama puts out, so picking up this book was a no brainer for me. I have to say I was a little cold on this one right from the start because it’s written in an old timey voice, like ‘Ladies an’ Gen’l’men! Read all abouddit!’ for example. It was distracting at first but a couple strips in and you’re transported to a different world! Everything is just so well done, it’s impossible to not get sucked in and read the whole thing in one sitting. It made me want to search out old newspaper comics, but I stopped because I knew they wouldn’t be this good.
(Posted on 3/19/14)