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We all recognise that there are various reasons for the decline of
many once-popular publications over the years, but The Dandy suffer-
ed disproportionately because, after its 2010 relaunch, it had become so
party if the crowd had only taken time to get to know him, but who
wants to be laughing while simultaneously vomiting into a bucket?
Empty backgrounds, flat-looking characters, not enough variety in
perspective (in fact, no actual perspective) - the result is nothing more
than a series of talking heads not saying anything particularly amusing.
As I've said before, this looks like the work of a fourteen year old with a
hint of promise that requires developing, not the work of an adult 'pro-
fessional' artist who gets paid for it. When I last made this observation,
I received an email telling me that I was wrong! "More like the
work of a four year old!" claimed the correspondent.
word - "It's dead, Jim!"). Crammed panels with flat figures seem-
ingly growing out of the ground, static positioning and no real sense
of movement. Add to that the fact that the drawings appear to be fight-
ing for space with the dialogue and captions, and you have a recipe for
an underwhelming example of so-called 'sequential' art. (And don't start
me on just how ugly the lettering is in both this strip and the one which
precedes it.) Having said that, however, I've seen far worse from this
artist. I think his style would be more suited to greetings cards -
sequential art doesn't seem to be his strong point.