New Irish Comic Launched

Mon 2nd Sep 2002

New Irish Comic LaunchedLostCarPark has received a press release about a new Irish Comic from the people who bring you the Sub City comics shop. And we have received a review of the comic (which will move into our reviews section soon). Here's the press release:

Naked Lunch an anthology comic, with three black and white stories is now available to purchase from Sub-City for just 3 euro.

Produced by Atomic Diner, and edited by Robert Curley of Sub-City fame, the comic is scheduled on a quarterly basis, each containing 3 short stories, that stand alone.

An ongoing comic, Freakshow is due for release on the 1st of October, and it appears there will be further titles, with time.

A website will shortly be up and running at http://www.atomic-diner.com

Review by James Bacon

I am always a bit wary of 'Home Grown' comics. Over the last while a huge amount of 'Independent' Irish comics have been made available and foisted upon the shelves of Dublin comic stores.

To be absolutely honest these rags have all been atrocious drivel. The artwork usually looks like something from the Tate, or is in a style, better known to regular comic readers as 'cant really drawí. The stories in these rags, well usually its like rummaging around the floor of a peep show booth, looking for the quid you dropped.

I was quite surprised then when I saw Naked Lunch. First off its US comic book size, which means an effort has been made, but thatís not all, the production quality is only fantastic. All the paper is heavy grade glossy, and the full colour cover, it looks just like its been taken out of the latest comic delivery. This comic would probably be about six euro, but is only three. The quality of any other comic that you get for three euro would be far removed from where Naked Lunch stands, and this bodes well.

The content then, I was still cautious, OK a god job had been done, but my fingers have been so burnt. The three stories are eight pages each. A nice length for the reader, but a difficult length for writers. It has to be an excellent idea and really well written, to be good in eight pages.

The first story 'Beating the rap' is excellent. There is a dark humour throughout. We are introduced to a detective who has to solve the death of a rapper. His throat was swapped for his rectum, some serious music criticism here. There is a bit of magic, mysticism and some serious violence, and I was a bit sorry that this was a stand-alone, as I liked the world hat was created. The artwork complemented the story perfectly, shadowy, dark, but with great detail.

The next story 'Cookie Corral' is a good laugh, and a bit weird, which is nice, the artwork is very fine. It reminded me of a Sergio Leone piece, which is good, because it is very different.

The third story 'Dupilications' is a crime story with a number of nice twists. Enough to say that I donít doubt that the murky world which is the Fine Art Black Market is a nasty, double dealing, back stabbing place. The artwork here is very strong with great clarity.

I was very impressed, I know its not easy to produce an eight page comic, that actually gets a good story across, yet here we have three stories doing exactly that. Three very different themes and styles, and all very well written. Its obvious that the story, at last in an Irish comic, is the driver, or perhaps the editor, is the driver and he seems to know exactly what he wants, which is bloody good quality.

Thatís what I got.

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