Dave: a day in the life of a zombie & Dave II: a day out in London.
by Jon Scrivens
Here’s a lovely little pair of comics that really do do exactly what they say on the cover. A pair of tiny things, no more than 40 pages and 40 panels between them, but still managing to be fun and far more entertaining than much of the comics you’ll find on the shelves of the local comic shop this week. This is one of the things I really like about the small press scene at the moment, the folks making the comics really just enjoy making the sorts of comics they want to read, the sorts of comics they really enjoy making. And that sense of fun and enjoyment makes it through to the reader.
(Dave’s day; wake, lurch, kill, eat. Nice and simple. From Dave by Jon Scrivens.)
So Dave and Dave II do no more and no less than you can get from the covers. Dave the zombie wanders round town and visits London, eating people, chasing survivors and having zombie-tastic adventures. Sure, there’s not a lot of variety here, but Dave’s a bloody zombie – what do you expect?
(Dave II: More of the same, just with an added trip to London. By Jon Scrivens.)
It’s not complex, it’s not overly cerebral but Dave and Dave II just makes you laugh and smile. Not a bad thing from a comic. Jon’s art here is deliberately sketchy and the inks sit over the visible pencils on many of the pages, but it all adds to the fun. Quick, rough, simple comics that make you smile. Personally I think that’s a bloody fine recommendation.