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Sometimes, All You Need Is One

Lots of strips have archives that stretch back into infinity — backstory, characters, plots, and plenty more. But like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said once, Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Thus, Quill. Twelve panels, three characters (four if you count the cat), fourteen words, one complete story complete with classic slapstick gag. Even the art has been reduced down to the absolute minimal line necessary to convey shape and emotion.

The creator, Michael Maihack, has other strips on his site and they’re good, too. Seed is a beautifully-illustrated adventure tale; Cow and Buffalo is funny, funny, funny. But Quill? It’s like Picasso’s peace dove: nothing left to take away.

It’s a good day when someone invokes Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

That’s all I have to say.

And now we know that Gary has failed.


Inebriated. Just saying. But I love comics which rely on pictures and take a minimal amount of dialogue to convey their essence. This is beautiful and should be emulated.

Good stuff. Reminds me of Buttercup Festival.

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