Megillah is an all new, full color comics anthology from Amsterdam. Created, curated and edited by Chad Bilyeu (of Chad in Amsterdam fame), it features six eight-page stories, each by a different creator, all in full color. Page size is 6 3/8' x 8 1/4" (roughly A5). Eryc Why leads off with a dazzling visual tour de force, "Bizy Beez & Night Xpress," that's hard to describe, but does involve racing against the clock, parenting, and a hefty sprinkling of dutch phrases amidst the English language that predominates here (and in all the stories in this issue, in case you were wondering). Next up is James the Stanton's "False Raffler" which involves reptilian standup comedians and plenty of wordplay. This is followed by E.S. Glenn's "The Nix" where Glenn continues to do what he does best, presenting another chapter in his ongoing ligne claire saga of artist gangsters. "How I Became a Comic Artist" by Maia Matches is an engaging thumbnail account of her self-invention as a comicker that simultaneously provides a bit of a sense of the Amsterdam comics scene. Old timers may remember Bernie Mireault, who was active in the '80s and '90s. Here in "Isaac vs. Eli, he provides a tale of sibling rivalry via videogaming and imagination. Laurie Cook brings this issue to a close with a zany tale of eating gone wrong (or at least weird), "El Gordo & Zombie Chicken." Cover by Iva Spasojevic. And there you have it. Already looking forward to the second issue!
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