Sinfest, Volume 1

Overview

AT LAST! "The webcomic to end all webcomics" has landed at Dark Horse, and we're starting the collections at the beginning! Sinfest is one of the most-read and longest-running webcomics out there, and explores religion, advertising, sex, and politics in a way Fleen.com calls "both brutally funny and devastatingly on-target." In an era when most syndicated newspaper strips are watered down and uninspired, creator Tatsuya Ishida draws on influences ranging from Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts to manga and pop culture...

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Overview

AT LAST! "The webcomic to end all webcomics" has landed at Dark Horse, and we're starting the collections at the beginning! Sinfest is one of the most-read and longest-running webcomics out there, and explores religion, advertising, sex, and politics in a way Fleen.com calls "both brutally funny and devastatingly on-target." In an era when most syndicated newspaper strips are watered down and uninspired, creator Tatsuya Ishida draws on influences ranging from Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts to manga and pop culture to bring us a breath of fresh air. If your comic-strip craving hasn't been satisfied since the nineties, deliverance is finally at hand!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Advertising, religion, sex and politics are just a handful of the topics touched on by Tatsuya Ishida's popular Web comic, Sinfest. This first volume collects the first 600 outings of the nearly 10-year-old strip. The cute, slightly raunchy cast of characters includes Slick, the womanizer, Monique, who may or may not be a tramp, the Devil, God and a slew of other demons, angels, animals and humans. While clearly influenced by comic strips such as Peanuts and using takeoffs on some of that strip's familiar setups, Ishida takes his work into dark, politically incorrect directions. The art is likewise a mix of comic strip cute and manga that's accessible to a broad range of readers. Bonuses in this volume include a sampling of Sinfest the College Years, proving that the comic was once raunchier and harsher than its current incarnation. Harsh as it is, Sinfest offers many laughs; it may be brutally funny, but it is dead honest and refreshing. And underneath the shock value of some of its gags is a comic strip very much in the classic newspaper tradition. (June)

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Library Journal
God and the Devil tussling over souls drives the overall "plot" of this irrepressible webcomic, but that's only a cover for satiric riffs on just about everything. Any cultural trope or point of view can be in for a figurative pie (or something smellier) in the face, like the Bible in blaxplotation-lingo, the Garden of Eden à la Beat poetry, politicians reconceived as musicians, or sportscasting porn. Slick, the main character more or less, is a hedonistic and wily scamp who confounds Satan by demanding a long list of outrageous goodies—like a "supermodel sandwich"—in return for his soul. As for God, He taunts His rival with hand puppets (yes, hand puppets) in the sky. There's lots of over-the-top sexual humor, including parodies of other comics characters ("Dilbert Does Dallas"), although no serious nudity or real sex. Slick, based on Watterson's Calvin, together with sidekick "It-Girl" Monique and their supporting cast are all drawn with considerable finesse in an American chibi style. VERDICT With pyrotechnic, politically incorrect humor wrapped around sometimes serious social commentary, this addictive strip is recommended for street-smart adult collections.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595823199
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 6/10/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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