Ross Jackson’s “Sticky Sweets” is a wistful look at three kids in their early teens pulling pranks and making short movies to kill time in the height of a humid Florida summer. Equally humorous and heartfelt, Jackson employs his classic cartooning style to weave a non-linear story that examines the awkward phase between youth and adolescence. Part of a larger narrative, “Sticky Sweets” revolves around a young boy, Ari, who finds out his neighborhood friend has gone missing. To avoid confronting his emotions of loss or confusion, Ari travels with a neighbor to make short movies in the cool oasis of an air-conditioned mall. Past and present weave together through their movies and memories, as Ari and his friends establish their footing in the face of oncoming reality.
Lindsay Watson’s “Well at the Very Least” is a collection of work made over the past year. Split into three main sections, the book centers around what is lost in language between selves, be them distinct people or two (or more) parts of the same self. to quote Rich Smith in The Stranger : “Judging by all the dream logic, the doubling of selves, and the moon-eyed, moon-faced characters that dominate Watson’s collection, she seems mostly concerned with the cyclical nature of time and the multitudes we all contain.” Watson does not usually employ the typical panel diagram format of comics, and instead invites us to delve into each poem-drawing as the inhabit the whole page. Because there is no definite resolution to each of the sections, we are left to parse the dialogue and body language of these myriad selves that Watson has shown us.
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