I obviously read a lot of comics, specifically indie comics. Part of the reason I love indie comics is that there is so much out there to discover/uncover/recover. Indie comics is amazingly a great place to find new things that inspire me – to do my own writing, to comment on, and to aspire toward. I picked up my copy of Ted McKeever’s Mondo several months ago at WonderCon Anaheim. And it’s taken me this long to read the book? Yeah, I have a huge stack of books that grows faster than I can read it but I was also a little intimidated by the look of the book. Not because of the huge muscle-bound freak on the cover but because I knew that I was going to love it.
Why did I know that I was going to love it? I’m not sure. To some degree because it fit right into my aesthetic and reminded me of some of my favorites: Mulele and Way$hak. And I just did not want another artist where I had to collect everything they published. What a terrible predicament that put me in, right? Anyway, so, on this hot and muggy August in Los Angeles day, I sat down and gave it a much deserved read. And my worst nightmare came absolutely true – the book was great.
So, what the hell made it so great about Mondo? Well, let’s start but not end with the art. It’s amazing with a sense of design through contrast that many full-color books can only wet-dream about. Mondo is also original. It’s main protagonist never talks and gets his super-human abilities from an explosion at the radioactive chicken-nugget plant where he works. Oh and did I mention that the comic is just witty in its commentary about society? Yeah, there’s that too.
Anyway, I’m headed to the comic book store to pick up more books by Ted MKeever, catch you later.