You do not even want to know what kinds of alligators I’m up to my ass in today. I’m not sure that sentence is grammatically possible, but I don’t care — that’s how today is going. I know that I punted on Friday (for the very best of reasons, and the wedding went off great, thanks for asking), so I feel terrible about going brief today, but that’s the way it’s going to be.
KC Green is rightly lauded for the immense quality of his comics — particularly the anarchic nature of his writing — but I don’t think he’s gotten enough credit for the emotional heft that he can bring to his work. Yeah, Mort’s prone to blowing up and acting like an enormous dick, but for for every strip of Mort being Mort, there’s usually a quieter moment of showing the hurt inside. We had a great example of this in The Dog’s Sins (later added to Gunshow as update #700), and he’s done even better in today’s (nearly final) update of Graveyard Quest. All the resentment and hurt that our nameless hero has been through, all the travail and betrayal and woe, all the righteous anger he feels … it just sort of goes out of the room when he finds the one who started him down that path of pain is hurting just as badly as he is.
It’s powerful and powerfully unexpected; Green may get extra mileage out of these (entirely earned) emotional moments due to his work often shying away from inner turmoil in favor of outer turmoil¹ (there’s a lot of resentment and seething outrage, but not the sense of emotional hurt). I suspect that below the slapsticky elements of BACK, we’ll see some similar depth. It’s damn good stuff, and it’s terrific to see Green exploring this side of his storytelling. In any event, if you haven’t been reading Graveyard Quest, now is an excellent time to do so, as it’s just Wednesday and Friday left.
Spam of the day:
Nowadays, the cargo handling capacity of the waterway is four times as much as that of the Beijing-Shanghai Railway, according to Tong Mingkang, deputy director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage.
I had no idea; I mean, maybe twice the capacity of the Beijing-Shanghai Railway, but four times? Amazing!