Wayshak’s Toner #5: Right Up My Aesthetic Value

Wayshak's Toner #5

Wayshak’s Toner #5

I read Toner #6 before #5 but so what.  The books standalone in their own artsy fartsy kind of way. They are not by any means complete stories but they are complete moments expressed in incredible art and smart writing.  Toner is not for the easily insulted or disgusted.  The title is a lot adult and has some seriously dark humor but it absolutely fits the tone of the art.  There are pages of this book that could/should/do stand on their own as pieces of art and Wayshak definitely lets himself fly free in terms of experiment on the page.

The writing of Toner is crisp and succinct.  Wayshak is publishing his own stuff so he obviously understands the value of not printing another page.  But the story is also packed with small bits of humor and world in every inch of the drawn page.  The “silent” pages with no sound or dialogue are great to stare at because they all provide a deeper sense of what Wayshak wants to say about the story and character but they also have nifty things to find and giggle about.

At the back of Toner #5 is some great extra images of art as well as a funny/quirky dark humor short about a little kid and what he display at show and tell.  Something nice about this little story though is that he shows the original version of the quip that was obviously done years ago.  This lets the reader see how far Wayshak’s skills as a writer and artist have come since the original version of the story saw the light of day.  Wayshak certainly has a fan in me and I look forward to reading more of his books and see more of his art.

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