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Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Scurvy Dogs: Rags to Riches
Andrew Boyd and Ryan Yount's pirate humor comic from AiT/Planet Lar is now available in a handy and convenient trade paper-back collection. If you've never before encountered the heady mix of low-brow pirate humor and pop culture satire that is Scurvy Dogs this is the ideal opportunity to finally correct that serious personality defect. If you're one of the enlightened ones who are already aware of the utter brilliance of this work, there is now bonus material, including the unlikely team-up of the Dogs and Vampirella of Drakulonia, so now you have a valid reason to spend more money on comics you already own without looking sort of sad. Of particular interest is the lengthy annotations provided by Boyd and Yount, providing, to be honest, rather more insight into the creative process behind this book than I cared to know.
This is a book that defies any kind of coherent description. It's got pirates in it. They drink a lot. They do terrible things to other people who may or may not have deserved to have had terrible things happen to them. And it's funny. One of the funniest comics to have come out in recent years, to be honest. And Yount's art has a very rough-hewn element to it, mixed with a blocky cartoon look, that nicely compliments the absurdity of the stories.
Scurvy Dogs: Rags to Riches will be available at all fine comic stores starting tomorrow, with a retail price of $12.95. Go! Buy it!