Did someone say something about "having fun with comics?" Well, Pittsburgh native -- and occasional Copacetic customer -- Pat Lewis knows a thing or two about having a good time in pen and ink, having created and published a string of entertaining minis over the past several years. And with The Claws Come Out, a 152-page hardcover published by IDW, he finally gets his chance to stretch out and show his stuff, which turns out to be a batch of tales -- each introduced by a voluptous vampire hostess -- featuring a bevvy of cute girls battling a series of monsters, zombies and creeps, but all played for laughs. Lewis has spent his years in the self-publishing wilderness perfecting his comic timing and his efforts pay off here. It's an interesting mix and if you have any sort of predilection for this sort of material, you're in for a treat, along with a trick or two.
This square, full color volume contains over two hundred pages of comics and is the first graphic anthology devoted to American Indian "trickster tales." Over twenty tales in all are adapted into comics form in this "inspired collaboration between native writers and accomplished artists" working to "bring the trickster back into popular culture." This book generated plenty of positive responses (read more at the book's blog, here) and immediately sold out its initial printing and we have only now been able to get outr hands on it. Tales of raccoons and ravens, coyotes and crayfish, wolves, owls, minks and more are given form by a host of comics talents including Pittsburgh's own Pat Lewis. Anyone looking to experience the original American culture in comics form need look no further, Trickster delivers.