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Twenty pages of trippy evocations of New York City life – specifically riding on the subway and dealing with the MTA – by a long time comics maker that we're going to go out on a limb and guess that most people reading this have never heard of (although we have had a handful of her self-published works on sale here at Copacetic, as a part of one or more of our SPX hauls). Sakura brings an adventurous artistic spirit to comics in Dark Tomato, and we recommend it to any and all adventurous readers. A publication of the newly founded Domino Books, the paper, production and printing (in Estonia!) impeccable, but, with the exception of the cover, is in black and white. The interior artwork appears as though it were reproduced from color originals, and while it is possible that this is not the case and the work was produced using only grey tones, because of the expressiveness of the visuals there is a feeling of, "if only this were in color" attached to the reading experience. Don't let this stop you, however; it's "colorful" even in black and white. And, finally, we can't help but note that there is no actual creator credit anywhere – that we could find – in this book. While every page is signed "SM10," it is only by reading through the back cover blurbs that the presumed creator of the work can be identified. Perhaps this is intentional on the artist's part; she does cite "the artist formerly known and now also known as Prince" among her inspirations, after all.