Off Life isue 11 – review

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Editor: Daniel Humphry Art Director: Steve Leard

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The eleventh issue of Off Life is intriguingly eclectic, with cartoons critiquing consumerism (with chocolate covered rice cakes as the culprits), and the ‘war on terror’ transcribed to a war on magicians. There is a variety of different approaches from the contributors, and it’s encouraging to see unusual topics investigated in this form.

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The individual comics are often untilted, taking the reader straight into the story with no preconceptions. Some are observational – such as a possible case of mistaken identity in a post office queue or reasons for shaving off a beard via the effect of inane radio DJ chatter. Others are a bit stranger, including one story tackling the moment before death.

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There’s an interesting frankly-expressed interview with Ed Piskor, creator of Hip Hop Family Tree: “I’ve been gambling my whole life on comics being a respectable thing.” And Jack Teagle writes on illustrators being too liberal with their influences: “…it’s important… to set yourself apart from your peers”.

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Off Life is available free of charge, and I can think of no reason why any lover of narrative art wouldn’t want to pick up a copy. Or read online.

Off Life are keen to feature new, up-and-coming creators and you can submit for their next issue here.


7th April 2015
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