Writer/Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Valentin Ramon
Publisher: Monkeybrain Comics
Available at Comixology
If you came to the Graphic Novice website looking for a legitimate review of a comic book, I apologize. Instead, I am going to share a link to a fantastic YouTube video and my opinions about some stuff. As I am not really qualified to review anything, please check out google for more formal reviews (if that’s what floats your boat).
This has been stuck in my head all day long:
Daves I Know – The Kids in the Hall
I emailed Ryan Ferrier once, and he was nice enough to email me back. As a proponent of polite electronic communication etiquette, that was all the reason I needed to download the book that he and Valentin Ramon are currently working on over at Monkeybrain Comics.
D4VE is a book about a dude, who happens to be a robot (named D4VE), going through a mid-life crisis of sorts. Shuffled into a job he never wanted, he dreams about the past rather than let himself completely accept the present.
I like D4VE. He’s an extremely likeable fellow that I’m sure more than a few people can relate to. He’s stuck in a job he hates, his boss is a jerk, his significant other won’t give him a break, and he can’t even remember the day he purchased his only child. He blows off work to party at a strip club, comes home late, and forgets to pick up groceries. I know D4VE. I play beer league hockey with at least 3 D4VE’s twice a week.
The fact that D4VE is a robot makes for some clever dialog and subtle situational hijinx, but the character is more human than 2 out of the 3 D4VE’s I play hockey with, and probably wouldn’t short me on the bill at the local pub at 2am last Saturday.
Consistently humorous and as aesthetically pleasing as anything you’ll pull off the shelf this Wednesday, there isn’t much not to like about this book. At $0.99 per issue, I’ll personally guarantee your satisfaction with the purchase of these books. I’m almost never wrong about these things, but if you don’t like these books I’ll buy you a drink the next time you run into me.
Check back in in a week or two when I share the tale of how another Ryan Ferrier book, “Tiger Lawyer” bailed me out of a tight spot, in the aptly named article “Tiger Lawyer Saved My Love Life”.
Reading books like D4VE and spending too much time on twitter attempting to promote our new podcast, my eyes have been opened to the world of independent comics. As a fan of a fan of all things comics, I appreciate and respect the hell out of the people who are pouring themselves into these projects so I can wind down at the end of the day, and do what I do best… lay on the couch, drink beer, and read comics.
Marvel, DC and Image already get a nice chunk of my disposable income every month, so I am going to make a conscious effort to spread those funds around, read a few more independent books and support some of the people we’re networked with through social media. I’ve added books like D4VE, Thaniel, E.L.E., and Hockeypocalypse, to the stack of books I want to read in the near future. I’m open to whatever you might suggest and will try to share my thoughts on as many of the books as I can after I get to them. Alternatively, anyone looking to promote their wares to a small, but super-awesome audience through our podcast will be welcomed with open arms.
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