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Graphic Youth: Solipsistic Pop 3

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011 at 12:01 AM

©2010 Marc Ellerby

The latest edition of the always-beautiful U.K. anthology Solipsistic Pop was designed as an all-ages comic, inspired in part by British standards like Dandy and The Beano. On that level, it doesn’t entirely cohere, because some of the stories are clearly aimed for preteens while others are more about the experience of being young as an adult would understand it now. Of course, the theme of this issue is “wonder,” and on that level, it certainly succeeds. Each of the stories touches on one’s sense of wonder as a child, and occasionally, on how it is lost.

Elegance In Design: Solipsistic Pop 2

Posted by on October 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Solipsistic Pop #2; Various;Tom Humberstone, ed.; 64 pp., £14.00 (inc p&p – International)

Cover copyright 2010 Luke Pearson

Solipsistic Pop is an impressive anthology designed to showcase the talents of U.K. alt-comics cartoonists. The small-press scene has been flowering in Great Britain over the past decade, as it has striven to get out of the shadow of the mainstream comics that have dominated the isle for several decades. That need to demonstrate just how different the first issue was from the average reader’s understanding of British comics creators resulted in some slightly blustery manifestos and statements of purpose, as my review of the first issue noted. The second issue was content to proceed without feeling a need to explain itself, other than to offer up a single word as the issue’s theme: “middle”.