First off, I would like to say that Mr. Walz has the patience of a saint. Not only have I told him on multiple occasions that this would be published ASAP, I also gave him direct dates and totally just forgot. So to you, Jason, thank you for putting up with little old me.
Now to the nitty gritty. Jason Walz is the author and artist of a new comic by the name of Crap Shoot. Two issues are currently out on his website, with an option to pay what you want option, as well as through Comixology.
The art style in this story is almost reminiscent of Charles Burns’ Black Hole, with a heavy contrast of black and white and definitely does not make the mistake of over working the smaller details. What I thoroughly enjoyed regarding the connection between the story and the art, was the fact that it isn’t as grown up. The faces and movement of the characters could easily translate into a Calvin and Hobbes-esque strip.
It really is a cross between an actual graphic novel and a strip. Short stories punctuated by longer narratives and small guest drawings and panels really bring a unique twist to the first issue.
Overall a charming read with some wonderful guest art, my favorite being the last piece by Trungles. Jason Walz’s story telling is surprisingly innocent and light. If you’re looking for something a little different and nothing too heavy to pick up and breeze through, this is it for you. I genuinely enjoyed this read. I’m even going to go back and purchase the second issue.
Thank you again, Jason, for that unbelievably calm demeanor and a lovely read.