Walt Holcombe Things Just Get Away From You

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Things Just Get Away From You

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by Walt Holcombe
Blessed with a lovely bouncy, rubbery SpongeBob SquarePants-y style, cartoonist and animator Walt Holcombe tells wildly imaginative stories of love gained and (often) lost. Things Just Get Away From You collects all of Holcombe's late-1990s comics work, with a bonus new story, "Hails at Sea," thrown in for good measure. It leads off with "King of Persia," a 1001 Nights/Yiddish vaudeville-inspired graphic novella in which king Faisal Al-Ghazali must win the affection of the woman he loves by traveling to an enchanted land in search of a giant emerald, while accompanied by his faithful companion, the talking camel, Jamila.

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Walt Holcombe is an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist who lives in Los Angeles, CA and works in the animation industry; he has worked on Comedy Central's Kid Notorious and Cartoon Network's Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi.

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At first glance, Holcombe's simple, cartoony drawings and fanciful characters—anthropomorphic bugs, a befuddled Persian king and his talking camel—suggest children's comics. But under the surface lies an incongruous, adult melancholy. The bug is an alienated loner in a stormy relationship with a bed-hopping insect and confides in his only friend, a depressed snail who despondently throws himself against a salt lick. King and camel go on a quest to win his bride by retrieving a giant emerald, but the consequent marriage ends tragically. The gloom is dispersed by Holcombe's daffy visual style and whimsical dialogue; for instance, the king speaks a Mel Brooksian patois ("What do I know from love?"). The most striking aspect of Holcombe's work is his stunning sense of design, harkening back to early newspaper strips, particularly Cliff Sterrett's memorable Polly and Her Pals. Holcombe has largely abandoned comics for animation, and most of these stories are late-1990s work. A newer piece based on his dreams and featuring a talking fish and Tiny Tim shows, however, that he remains in quirky good form. Flagg, Gordon

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