OUT OF STOCK!
The creator of the Procrastonauts™ clearly knows whereof he speaks, as he takes his time getting things done; but when he finally gets around to delivering, it's always worth the wait. This has never been more true than with this, the second issue of Sublife. If there's another work currently on the shelves that's more jam-packed with the wholesome goodness of fine comics, then we don't know about it. With the exception of two blank pages that are required to properly demarcate the respective narrative spaces of discrete stories, and which, serving as such, can be considered as aesthetically necessary, this fine objet d'art is brimming over with comics to savor. Starting off with the literally groovy front and back covers, all content contained in this horizontally fomatted, squarebound, 52-page, two-color work of comics art is presented in a formally integrated fashion. Pham uses his format to great advantage, exploiting its ability to emphasize both the vertical and the horizontal axes. As soon as the reader opens the book, it needs to be rotated 90º, which presents a strongly vertical space, in which is first encountered a series of horizontal "daily" strips, folllowed by a truly cosmic saga that makes very good use of this vertical orientation. We are then taken back down to earth by rotating back to the horizontal for a sedately paced tale, then rotate once more to a single vertical spread relating saints and school days, before again going back to the horizontal for a lengthy, rough-and-tumble Mad Max-esque tale that is reproduced from commensurately tough-and-tumble pencils, before everything is wrapped up on the inside back cover, back in the vertical, with a single, full page "Sunday" strip. Don't leave 2009 behind you without reading this!