Lightning struck thrice. So, Clown Fight! in it’s three-ring silent-film existence might have been a fluke but we also liked Jingles are for Losers. Taking By the Slice off the top of my stack of books to be read, I was concerned that it just would not live of to the expectations I have for Ginger Rabbit Studio. But no way. Giulie Speziani’s writing is smart, honest and mature. It immediately made me think that she had a place in the ranks of Top Shelf Productions and their non-mainstream but still head of the class style of sequential art. And Cecilia Latella‘s art presents Speziani’s script incredibly well.
By the Slice is exactly the kind of quick and meaningful drama-comic that is missing from most comic book store shelves and often left to order-only or Amazon purchase status. But these are the stories that can and should be allowed to bring alternative audiences into comic book stores to revitalize the waning audiences and the money they have the potential to spend. By the Slice is a perfect example of the potential of comic books that is often untapped.
So what more can I specifically say about By the Slice? It’s a short story about a young woman and her first job, working the counter of a local pizza joint. But more importantly, it’s about the relationship that the young woman has with her boss, the grumpy older man that hired her. By the Slice is not the most inventive or original story by any means but good stories don’t need to be. The greatness in a story comes in the details, in this case, in the toppings. The pepperoni in By the Slice comes at the end of the book, the very last page, where the protagonist and her boss have a very special moment that makes ready the book taste all that much better.
OK – I’ve made enough food references and it’s way too late to order pizza, so I’m gonna leave you with, “Go order this book, it’s worth your $2.25.”