Review: Minimal Comics

Published On September 17, 2013 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews

Minimal Comics.

Graeme McNee.

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There’s a simple beauty running all the way through Minimal Comics, Graeme McNee’s title telling it all, handmade and bound A6 mini-comic. The beauty of stripping a moment back to the three fundamental states of the story; beginning, middle and end.

The whole thing is handmade, with a lovely texture and colour from the cover through to the off-white pages inside. And inside it’s everything you expect it to be from that title. Each page, three panelsĀ for three states of story. Minimal.

There’s simplicity in both story and art here, as each three panel sequence has to be stripped right down to deliver the idea. Sometimes that translates to something as basic as a torch (panel 1), turning on (panel 2) and then off again (panel 3), but throughout the short comic, McNee surprises and delights when he proves that stripped back to basics doesn’t have to mean shying away from the bigger themes in life….

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That’s page 1. That gives you an idea of what you’ll be looking at her . Beginning, middle, end. Three panels. But oh the ideas you can get over in three panels. The reader is left to fill the story in, creating a storyline from so little. It’s clever stuff.

Well, sometimes it’s clever. Sometimes it’s just straight up silly gag cartoon. But that doesn’t matter, Molly giggled away to herself when I showed her the book, and this is the one she giggled the most at….

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So there’s huge scale, simple style, 1-2-3 panel development. There’s even chance to play around with the medium itself…

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You can get hold of Minimal Comics at Graeme McNee’s website.


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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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