Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Reader's Diary #1715- Various artists and writers: Gumby 50 Shades of Clay

I kind of love that as long as we have comics no pop culture icons will ever die. Thanks to publishers like Dynamite, Papercutz, and others we have comics from almost every decade: Jem, My Little Pony, the Flintstones, Betty Boop, Gumby, and more.

The last of those is a bit of a curious fit. While the others started in more traditional animation, Gumby began as claymation. I watched a Gumby movie or two as a child and while I don't remember a whole lot, I know that was the biggest part of its charm. Similarly, it feels like such a character loses something when it's rendered in straightforward comics. Nothing against the illustrators here, but I found myself thinking it would have worked better as a photocomic, complete with clay Gumbies in various poses. (On the plus side, this thought did lead me down a rabbit hole exploring the world of photocomics, otherwise unknown to me. I've since ordered and have a few titles on the way thanks to this list.)

Besides all that, this collection is whimsical and imaginative enough as it is. Despite the title, it's really aimed at kids and the in-jokes for adults don't get any raunchier than that.

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