A collection of comics shorts from a brilliant young talent.
Blessed with a lovely bouncy, rubbery "SpongeBob SquarePants"-y
style, cartoonist and animator Walt Holcombe tells wildly
imaginative stories of love gained and (often) lost. "Things Just
Get Away From You" collects all of Holcombe's late-1990s comics
work, with a bonus new story, "Hails at Sea," thrown in for good
"Things Just Get Away From You" leads off with "King of Persia," a
1001 Nights/Yiddish vaudeville-inspired graphic novella in which
king Faisal Al-Ghazali must win the affection of the woman he loves
by traveling to an enchanted land in search of a giant emerald,
while accompanied by his faithful companion, the talking camel,
From the pages of Holcombe's short-lived but beloved comic book
series "Poot" come four stories: "Swollen Holler," a romance
between two bugs whose supporting characters include an elderly
bachelor, Professor Owl, and a lonely snail named Snail; "The
Eighth Wonder," a breezily suggestive, picaresque pantomime story
featuring a romantically-inclined barrel-clad wanderer; "The Red
Grampus," in which the whaler captain Reginald Nubbins pursues an
old enemy unleashed upon him by his first great love, the
mysterious Julietta; and "Count Stinkenpuss," in which the
eponymous count wins the prestigious Tattersall Cat Show, only to
have his prize-winning cat, Mr. Lovely, stolen by a vengeful
ex-lover, resulting in a battle to the death in a dogfight over Mt.
The book also includes "What Do Pretty People Think About?," a
pathetic bit of speculative envy in which Holcombe muses about the
condition of physical beauty: What do pretty people think about?
Dopretty people feel pain like normal people? Do pretty people even
have souls? Finally, the all-new "Hails at Sea" is a collage of
Holcombe's troubled dreams over a three-year period. Vampires,
unfortunate sexual metaphors, talking fish and Tiny Tim all make an
appearance in this tribute to the return of the repressed.
Holcombe has focused his attention on animation for a number of
years, but "Things Just Get Away From You" is a handsome and
charming testament to a unique voice in the comics medium.
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