You’re not supposed to read reviews. You’re certainly not supposed to admit to it. I do, and I do, and that’s fine.
"It’s a book that has defied expectations, truly provoked thought, and maybe helped a person or two not be so frozen by potentially negative outcomes that they never actually attempt anything that would qualify as living a life."
Every now and then you’ll read a review which not only says lovely things about your work (which is obviously narcissistically validating, let’s be honest, and might even give sales a bump), but which sets out in a perceptive and very user-friendly way all the layers and subtexts and themes and feels and sheer time-spent-thinking brainblood you poured into its creation. The review reads, in fact, like a pitch-document you wish you could’ve written way back when you first started writing the thing.
The phrase, I believe, is “the reviewer really gets it”, which I fucking hate, because it makes me think of pretentious toerags who see themselves and their work as exquisite puzzle-boxes of esoteric importance fit to be unpicked only by the cool, the smart or the worthy (which of course is 100% missing the point and the obligation of being a disseminater-of-story). But still. *cough*
This reviewer really gets Six-Gun Gorilla:
"What seemed to be a funny story about a cowboy ape turned into a treatise on the importance of fiction."
And that bit right there is sort of the point, and my face-saving getout-clause for bringing this review to your attention. See, Six-Gun Gorilla was written as a very personal, very complicated story… except it masqueraded as a batshit sci-fi Western featuring a gorilla. I go back and forth about whether that was a boon or a brake on correctly targeting it as a piece of fiction: did we lose-out on the Unique Indie Fiction crowd by targetting the Gorilla With Guns crowd, or did we fishhook the Gorilla With Guns crowd then corrupt them to become a Unique Indie Fiction crowd, or am I overthinking this whole fucking thing and, haha, becoming a pretentious toerag who see himself and his work as an exquisite puzzle-box of esoteric importance fit to be unpicked only by the cool, the smart or the worthy etc etc etc…? OH COMICS.
Anyway. It’s a lovely review, and I hope it’ll belatedly turn a few heads. Six-Gun Gorilla wasn’t just a comic about a gorilla with guns. It was about, y’know. Stuff ‘n things ‘n shit.
CRAVE ONLINE calling 6GG “an education in storytelling”. Which is nice.
This saturday & sunday I’ll be attending Thought Bubble for the first time! It’s one of the shows I’ve always wanted to attend and there are so many talented people going so it’s a huge honor for me to be a guest!
I’ll be at Table 150 in the New Dock Hall under this wonderfully obnoxious banner as usual (trying my hardest not to look jet lagged):
sketchbooks (if I do they’ll be 1/2 off due to printing error, though unlikely), comics, and prints for sale as well as original artwork. If you’re in the area please come by and say hello, it looks to be a great time!
I’ll be attending Thought Bubble in Leeds next week and I’m looking to get some extra cash so Im opening some Pre-Show commissions!!
- Message me here or email me at jeffstokely(.)art(@)gmail(.)com serious inquiries only please!
- They are 11x17 single character simple background commissions
Message me here or email me at jeffstokely(.)art(@)gmail(.)com serious inquiries only please!