Before the Pandemic There Was a Touch Football Tourney by David Collier (Mini Kus! #95)

David Collier's slightly retro figures somehow straddle the line between looking as if they were clipped out of a previous era's newspaper strip, yet simultaneously appearing suitably modern. While a couple visits their son at art school, we see zine fairs and otherwise innocuous happenings that slyly comment on everything from commerce vs. art to a generational divide. It's all set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic breaking out so abruptly, emphasizing that we're all one bad decision, one bad day, one disaster away, from descending into chaos. It reminds us of our own fragile existence, and the juxtaposition of that with the retro art style suggests, in quite timely and relevant fashion, that in the wake of the pandemic, we might all be trying to hold onto a time that no longer exists.


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