In this first 40-page, magazine-size issue of What the Actual, Jai Granofsky continues in the tradition inaugurated by the young R. Crumb (and Justin Green) – and to our eyes, most directly in the lineage of the young Chester Brown – of letting one's inner demons loose on the page to battle it out amongst themselves. Anxieties and fears mix it up with mangled memories and deliberate absurdities to forge a comics portrait of Granofsky's psychic state, which, naturally, reflects the era and culture of his upbringing and so partakes in realities that we all share to varying degrees and thus provides its readers with a portraits of parts of their own psychic states; and there lies its value.
While clearly the work of someone who is still trying to find their voice, this issue shows promise (which is also explicitly stated in the opening creator's note, when Granofsky writes, "I plan on making this a regular thing."). Comics readers who are on the lookout for the next Eightball or Yummy Fur should take a chance and check this out... and then keep their fingers crossed while waiting for the next issue, which we hope is in the works, as planned.
Black and white interiors, with full color covers (and inside covers!).