Last week I finally struck some gold in a search engine free for all that I usually conduct on a monthly basis on myself and my Deposit Man books. I'll go through like twenty or so search engines either it be Dogpile, Mamma, Search.com, or my favorite; metacrawler.com - just because I'm so in love in myself that's it nearly become a stalker obsession. Oddly enough, this little piece of nostalgia- one year and four months old managed to slip beneath my Deposit Man PR radar.
Any bad publicity is good publicity, I suppose.
From Sequentialtart.com the site of the last bastion of feminist nepotism wields its silky smooth iron fist for the spirit of sisterhood of comic purveyors everywhere comes a review of the Deposit Man Survival Guide to the Afterlife.
The Deposit Man
by Trisha Sebastian
Reviews may contain information that could be considered 'spoilers'. Readers should proceed at their own risk.
Writer: Cary Coatney, Rebecca Robbins
Pencils: Larry Nadolsky
I used to think that I could read just about anything. The Deposit Man is the book that's proven me wrong.
Like any other propoganda or philosophical novel, Cary Coatney and Rebecca Robbins pepper their script with incredibly long and dense speeches on why their way of thinking is better than everyone else's. The prose is so long and dense that I can't understand exactly what their stance is. All I can really tell is that they're against homophobia and hypocritical religion. Our main character is dead and very angry at God, but again, I couldn't get past the bar fight to understand what was going on. I'm also not too much a fan of the blatant use of crude language and deliberate sensationalism (which is why I can only take Transmetropolitan in small doses). Coatney and Robbins wield the language like a sledgehammer and use it incessantly. Because of this, I can't sympathize with any of the characters, especially the main character.
The only thing that's really standing out as a great part of the book is the ingenious artwork by Larry Nadolsky, and it's not his art per se, but the way he manages to do layouts with the Coatney/Robbins script that makes it great. Otherwise, the style is a bit too cartoony to take the subject matter seriously, like the two gay characters in the bar near the beginning of the story. The looked like caricatures of Archie characters, pompadours and all.
To be fair, I decided to check out the website, to see if there was something I was missing. I found only a static index page with no way to enter the site. Sorry, guys, but that takes your score even lower. Considering the comic was made it 2001, you'd think that'd be enough time to get some content up, wouldn't you think?
In short, this is a very dull tale that I didn't even finish. I don't think anyone else should either.
Written: December 8, 2002
Published: January 1, 2003
I wish had time right now to publically point out some inconsistencies on Trisha's behalf - some even one of my co-workers spotted- but I'm pressed for time to catch my last bus home. But for the most part, Trisha wrote a fair and balanced review, in her opinion and I respect most of what she's said. I've certainly changed my work habits on the current books with Oliver on my team. I'm glad that Trisha didn't go on the shoddiness of how the book was printed- she judged it as a whole. And for that I'm grateful. Because I could really be in hot water. But Monday, I'll try to psychoanalyze it further.
Right now- with it being Friday and all-
THE DEPOSIT MAN DAILY LOG REPORT-
Well, it wasn't a satisfactory meeting with MAS last night. Out of the current ten pages he's working on - he only has three pages that Oliver and I can download some word balloons to...MAS claims he needs more time with what Oliver, him, and I refer to as the MEXICAN MATRIX RELOADED sequence. So he promises that he will have them fully inked and ready by May 17th along with a additional 5 pages. Like I said- the book is getting way behind schedule.
Mas and I had a debate about inkers having the harder task in this business. I'll dwell on my reponse to that over the weekend. Hopefully I will be reunited with Alan Sinder- now that he has returned from Japan. He can finally get cracking on getting some downloaded images for the new books on my depositman e-mail mailing list.