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Follow the illogical antics of Gunther and Klem in Chumble Spuzz. From the mind of one of SLG's newest creators, Ethan Nicolle, comes the hilarious tale of two friends who miraculously win a pet pig at a small town carnival, only to be faced with a minor problem: the pig is possessed by Satan! Chumble Spuz: Kill the Devil follows Gunther and Klem on a heroes journey as they travel through the depths of hell to do something that someone should have been done a long time ago: Kill...
Follow the illogical antics of Gunther and Klem in Chumble Spuzz. From the mind of one of SLG's newest creators, Ethan Nicolle, comes the hilarious tale of two friends who miraculously win a pet pig at a small town carnival, only to be faced with a minor problem: the pig is possessed by Satan! Chumble Spuz: Kill the Devil follows Gunther and Klem on a heroes journey as they travel through the depths of hell to do something that someone should have been done a long time ago: Kill the Devil!
Posted May 30, 2008
The Weevil was Ethan Nicolle¿s first foray into the highlands of small press country. A good book, a big book, and beautiful, definitely, but not a critical darling, nor a thing that forced industry pros to stand and take note. The Weevil , for all intents and purposes, was a commercial fragment grenade, and could have sent the poor artist into navel-gazing recovery ad infinitum, but instead 'thank God', it simply sent him into ¿&*$ this¿ mode, which fueled the generation of a gargantuan second graphic novel, a thing crafted with complete devil-may-care abandon, a commensurate pouring out of the hodgepodge that passes for Nicolle¿s 'seriously twisted' mind, unfettered onto paper. The result, then, is this: the funniest comic book material I have ever read, bar not one past none. Funnier than Boneyard, funnier than the early issues of Bone similar to, yes, but funnier still than Ren & Stimpy or South Park funnier than the latest Will Ferrell or Steve Carell flick it¿s funnier than anything I can think of, actually. Funnier than The Simpsons. Funnier than Family Guy, Futurama, King of the Hill. How am I gauging this? Number of times I laughed, literally, out loud¿and I was at work when I read this, supposedly slaving and not reading, and therefore trying very, very hard not to laugh. But I laughed, again and again, having to duck my head and pretend I was suffering from whooping cough disease, or something. Honestly, I wasn¿t paying that much attention to the fate of my career. I was enjoying myself far too much. Chumble Spuzz is the title of this irresistible job-killing treat, a nonsense phrase Nicolle culled from a Calvin and Hobbes strip, and which he puts to wondrous use here. Starring two bizarre little redneck creatures named Gunther and Klem, oh they of the Sam Kieth bucked-tooth grill, the main story begins when the two hicksters win a blue ribbon pig at their local country fair, only to discover that said pig is possessed by the dark lord Satan himself. Horrified, they recruit the passion-filled 'read: crazed' Revered Mofo 'a cross between a Blaxploitation action hero and a televangelist' along with a gung-ho two-man army corps 'no, you read that right, only two' to enter Hell itself and¿KILL THE DEVIL! Chumble kicks right off, then, without hesitation, into extraordinarily hysterical waters. It doesn¿t so much ¿poke fun at¿ as it stabs red hot lances through religious zealotry, unjustifiable biases, the odder parts of middle-American mentality, eating disorders, blood drives, greed, fear of disease, gluttony, the list goes on, and on, and on. The breadth and depth of Chumble Spuzz ¿s subject matter is comparable only to the very best of modern humorists, measuring in flavor and approach beyond the heights of absolutely anything and everything ever seen on Comedy Central or the Cartoon Network. Can't quite buy that? Check out the 30-page free preview at the SLG website (google it - I can't put links in this review, sorry!) and see what I mean. The rhythm from the get-go is smooth and arguably faultless, the humor hitting again and again at a speed astonishing to experience, especially as it never grows stale. Nicolle¿s instincts as a humorist are spot on, and ¿Kill the Devil¿ moves with all the natural grace of a live stand-up show, its energy and the placement of the entertainer¿s elements coming and going as they should, seemingly with the flow of the audience¿s own. Visually, Nicolle owes a lot to mainstream animation, both Disney-style and the more popular cutting-edge stuff, a little Genndy Tartakovsky and John K., as well as Matt Groening and Doug TenNapel. It¿s such a perfect commingling of well-loved aesthetics that the humor turns infallible, allowing for a recognizable array of expression and over-the-top scenarios. And yet the pages of Chumble Spuzz make fun of the very arena they sit so snugly within, the animation and the potty humor, the sarcasm and the punch lines, thWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.