Saga of the Baby, the

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
By: Darren Schroeder

Cover of Saga of the Baby, the Creator(s): Matthew Teardrop
Publishers: Self Published
From: USA
Price: $3(US)

A thirty-year-old man who likes wearing diapers has a lot of worries. He finds it hard to form relationships or get a job. So he spends his time begging for money on street corners, and when he has enough he goes and get some drugs, gets prostitutes to sleep with him and change his diapers. Occasionally he yells at complete strangers.

This really seems like it is trying as hard as possible to be offensive. Swear words aplenty, sexual references and drug subject matter, and not a parental advisory sticker in site. The Baby's monologue takes us down a twisted path as the plot follows Baby though a range of his favourite pursuits. By the end of the book I was starting to feel really sorry for the guy, but then he always does something that marks him out as a worthless human being.

The cartoonish art style is quite messy, though Matthew 's skill with making simple but clever faces keeps things together. Readers should note that the nice cover image is by someone else. As a piece of black humour this book almost gets away with it, as some of the goings on a so twisted as to be quite amusing, but the subject matter is just so nasty that only the most tolerant reader will make it to the end.

In a Word: Infantile.

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