Manga is a style of comic book, sequential art if you prefer. It is not a genre of comic book and this is something that many including The Big 2 often get wrong. Dani Dixon of Tumble Creek Press does not fall into this seemingly obvious pitfall with her title, M.I.S.//ing. This book in fact makes me proud to call Dixon a partner in our indie creator collective, The Antidote Trust. Dixon has stayed pretty focused over severa years with just M.I.S.//ing and 13, a comic about youth and consequences. We’ll come back to 13 in a later post, because I want to stay focused on M.I.S.//ing.
Admittedly, I’ve read little Manga but I love dipping into it every so often because it has such a fresh new feel in comparison to so much of contemporary American comics. Dixon’s M.I.S.//ing’s honestly captures much of what I find so interesting about Manga and my novice eyes find it difficult to tell the difference between her book and one from Japan.
Much of the Manga feel of this book definitely comes from Chris Mullins’ and Corey Greene’s beautiful layouts and paints but I have to give Dixon credit for an easily read and often action-packed story. I find it funny that I use “action-packed” to describe this book – there are no guns or violence to speak of. The book is in fact really “just” a couple of really intense conversations that the Manga-stylings make seem pertinent and interesting. The other thing that could easily make this book incredibly mundane is that it is about IT people – you know, those guys that come and fix your computers at the day job. But no, M.I.S.//ing really was a quick and fun read and I look forward to picking up more issues.