So… Only Nixon Could’ve Gone to China

Published On August 2, 2007 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, General

The Wild River Review has a six page comics section featuring “So… Only Nixon Could’ve Gone to China”, written by Jonathan Baylis, a former Marvel intern and illustrated by David Beyer Jr, following a young American student (Jonathan himself?) as he travels to Europe, gets freaked out by Germany but finds great music in London in a strip which seemed to me to have some nods towards other biographical comics work such as Harvey Pekar’s. I love the line that comes up as he listens to a mix tape on his Walkman, “I felt as though my life had a soundtrack”; I’m sure most of us have had a moment like that where the sounds from your personal player mixed with the scenery going past you and for a moment it fits perfectly, like it had been written to be played to your life. Jonathan is working on self-publishing a collection of his tales, but in the meantime you can check out a lot more of the series on his own site.

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(panels from “So… Only Nixon Could’ve Gone to China” by Jonathan Baylis and David Beyer Jr)

David has a LiveJournal with a number of his sketches and other works (including this simple but effective and funny little strip which appealed to me, see below) while the Wild River Review has a whole bunch of links on the final page of the strip to more comics work they have featured, so why not go and have a good browse?

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(panels from The Adventures of Stinko by David Beyer Jr)

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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