Cornelia Cartoons #5

Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2005
By: Darren Schroeder

Cover of Cornelia Cartoons #5 Creator(s): Kel Crum
Publishers: Self Published
From: USA
Price: $1.50(US)

Being a comic that follows the politically aware adventures of a young woman looking to add meaning to her live by supporting worthy causes, but finds things can get complicated very quickly. She also has to deal with fleeting fame and tele-marketers.

Kel's sense of humour seems to be informed by an interest in cultural issues, thus the strips collected here have a refreshing range of subject-mater. The religious right and the protesting left each get equal time of being poked fun of. The stories made me chuckle to myself a fair bit, but they also have points in them that kept me thinking.

Cornelia is an amusing character: short and slightly child-like. She possesses a certain naivety that means here life is a series of learning experiences. As such she's a perfect choice for satire - out of the mouths of babes and all that.

The naivety here also crosses over into the artwork, which is simple in the style of a cartoon. The line work is rough, but remains clear to follow. Are large range of emotions are depicted well. There is some clever use of distorted postures and amusing details on the characters, such as Cornelia's habit of only wearing one sock.

The content of the stories in this collection would be well suited to being serialised in a student newspaper, and I'm sure they will pick up a following. Certainly they make for an intelligent and humorous read.

In a Word: Informed.

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