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Feb 04

TOP TEN COMMICS OF 2003: NUMBER SIX

The Brown Wedge • 1,087 views

TOP TEN COMMICS OF 2003: NUMBER SIX

Jamie Smart is influenced by the Young Ones, apparently. Personally, I don’t see it, but BEAR remains one of the best ‘indie’/'alternative’ comics you can buy.

It’s essentially about a teddy bear living in a house with a psychotic cat and a human. Lots of shouting and running and – heh heh – there’s a bit with a corpse in a closet – heh heh - and with the bucket of blood and giblets – heh heh my sides - actually reading back, it sounds like the sort of twee gubbins that you have to pretend to like to talk to pretty goth girls with died-pink hair (I remember JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC was absolutely appalling, pathetic wank by some ridiculous fuck who obviously spends all day saying ‘rotfl’ in bondage chatrooms, but I had to say it was semi-decent to appease my wretched loins) but BEAR is actually very, very, very, very good… Smart knows exactly when to start, when to stop, where to put a gag, how funny dialogue actually works – it’s like one of those animals where no meat is wasted. I can’t think of a single page in any given issue of BEAR I don’t like, despite all those big heads.

It’s also extremely VIOLENT and SICK and it makes me proud to be BRITISH so buy it now.

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