Good For Granny
by Peter Lally
What do you look for in a good comic? Something deep and meaningful with polished, cultured artwork? Or maybe something a lot rougher round the edges but delivering a little bit of fun? Depending on your choice you’ll either disregard Good For Granny as amateurish and throwaway or embrace it for exactly the same reasons.
Good For Granny is only twenty three pages long, but with each page just a single A5 panel it’s much, much shorter than that. And it’s as simplistic and as raw as you get from a self taught artist.
Some of you, perhaps many of you will look at the art here and dismiss it out of hand. But if your tastes run to something a little fresher, it also has a simplicity in it’s rawness and most importantly has a good sense of basic storytelling technique. The panels, the pages flow and the story gets told.
Just like the art, the story is a simple one – an everyday tale of a formidable Gran, somewhat Miss Marple like as she single-handedly cracks the one crime to disturb her sleepy little village.
To be honest Good For Granny ran just a little too raw for my tastes, and the story was just that little too simple but there’s definitely something there, and the story, for all it’s simplicity is fun and entertaining and well told.
But although it didn’t quite hit the spot for me, I’m still happy to point it out and suggest you maybe take a look, since it’s an able demonstration of how broad a church comics can be, and our medium would be all that much poorer if there were not also a place for the rawness of works like Good For Granny and artists like Peter Lally.
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