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August 23, 2011

Comic Book Review: The Clown & Tea Cup Show #2

One of the goals for me at Wizard World Chicago was to find some interesting indie comic books. Having worked on a few myself, I know what goes into getting them made. I think that's why I was so intrigued with the story behind The Clown & Tea Cup Show #2. Specifically the second issue. Why? Because the whole thing was written and drawn in twenty-four hours. I had to see what a book done so quickly would be like.

We start out with a clown named Cactus Joe and his robot brother, Broken Tea Cup. They are joined by a penguin named Pengy. Simple enough. A large breasted woman hires the trio, who also happen to be detectives, to find her husband, who she suspects is cheating on her. This leads our heroes into a world of chaos and craziness.

The story is a little odd, but it moves along quickly. The artwork is a scribbly sketch style, but it fits the tone of the book. It isn't meant to be DaVinci. It's a clown, a robot and a penguin who work in a detective agency. That should only require interesting characters. This book happens to have those. In spite of their crass personalities, Joe and Tea Cup care about each other. They are a good team, and they know how to kick some ass together.

It's hard to find a good indie, and I think The Clown & Tea Cup Show has the potential to be a good series. If you would like to check it out, head over to Torc Press and get your copy.

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