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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Reader's Diary #1989- Will Henry: Wallace the Brave

While reading Will Henry's collection of comic strips in Wallace the Brave, I found myself thinking back to my childhood and Family Circus comics. The humour is similar in its inoffensive mildly amusing sort of way. And because I have since come to agree with critics of Family Circus that it wasn't particularly good, I am wondering about Wallace the Brave; not whether or not I now think it's anything special (I don't) but if I would have liked it as a kid.

The answer is probably. There's a bunch of kids with active imaginations in a seaside setting, so certainly would have related. That said, I also didn't have access to as many comics as kids do these days so I wasn't particularly discerning.

The art is nothing like Family Circus. The linework is sort of jagged, almost fast-looking, but all the characters have a consistent style. The best work comes, unsurprisingly, when Henry spends more time on details and especially great are the ones in which the kids' overactive daydreams run amuck.

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