Sunday, 2 August 2009

Drift!

There was a mart today and a small press zine expo. I failed to make either. Too busy clearing up diarrhea. Yay parenthood!

Anyway, I did manage to power my way through The Drifting Classroom Volume Two, the manga classic from 1972, recommended by none other than London's number one comic shop manager, Mr Salmond of Gosh!

Given that I have to leave for work in 10 minutes, I don't really have time to write anything sensible about this bonkers screamfest. All you need to know is that it's a comic about an entire school disappearing down a huge hole in the ground and reappearing in a fucked up post-apocalyptic future where all the teachers and pupils go completely batshit crazy and start killing each other!

All the characters shout, there are some horrifically funny murders, and stuff like this happens on every motherloving page...



Way to treat a frightened cripple fellah!

Given the insane body count, (we're averaging a death every two panels at the moment), I'm wondering how there's going to be anyone left by the time I get to Volume 11. Who cares? Honestly this is brilliant stuff - Lord of The Flies on speed! You have to read it!

Can you really pass on a book where eight-year-olds say stuff like this?

Of course you fucking well can't. Go buy it!

1 comment:

Mike Leader said...

The zine thing today was quite overwhelming! Some actual avante-garders and politically active folks. Including a bunch of people from an anarchist book shop / social group in Elephant and Castle!

Definitely a different crowd from the mostly twee, wimp-y indie comics crowd. Although there were enough there to make me feel welcome!

Will we ever cross paths again, mister? Maybe if the diarhhea eventually dries up.