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Printed Perversions: Yuck! #1-3

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August 31, 2010

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“A smorgasbord of rotten animal parts, various bugs, maggots and moss… is this what necrophilia feels like?”

Yuck! is an adults only indie ‘zine published by James Andre’s Milk Shadow Books. Essentially a series of nonepisodic anthologies, each book features comic strips by some pretty impressive illustrators whose subject matter ranges from the “that’s not sanitary” to “is that even legal?” There’s no mistake that this publication is made for the underground crowd of the Robert Crumb kind as the cover of each issue seems to effortlessly merge the gorgeous with the grotesque. This aesthetic is extended to the interiors, though not always as masterfully rendered with work that ranges from stick figures to Charles Burns understudy.

Ordering Yuck! is a bit of an experience in of itself, much like taking a walk down any given alleyway in modern day New York City… you make it out alive, but you always feel a little dirty for doing it. In all honestly, though, I have to admit that Andre’s customer service was pretty awesome as he stayed in communication with me in regards to my purchase and even threw in the latest issue as a bonus. Being that Milk Shadow Books is a smaller publisher, not to mention across the pond, it goes without saying that blindly hitting the “Buy Now” button takes a leap of faith regardless of the all-ensuring glow of PayPal’s insignia. Not only was I impressed with Andre’s communication, but my order arrived in a mere few days for which I had utterly been preparing for the yuckiness to ensue… or so I thought.

As a single issue, Yuck! #1 has to be the most visually impressive with entries from Ed Traquino (How I Met Your Mother) and Jacek Zabawa (Square of the Crossbones) being the most technically stunning works while Matt Emery‘s Rapist, Rapist being the funniest with a rapist who rapes other rapists (brilliant!). Issues #2 and #3 also offer their own brand of strangness ranging from the scatalogical humor and “zombie” rape of comix artist “Dexter Cockburn” to the downright weird western tale of a man with two pistols for nipples. Most certainly not the stuff of scholarly pursuit but wildly entertaining nonetheless.

As an entire package, the interiors are entirely black and white with full color matte covers that offer up some of that E.C. Comics flair. At $4 bucks an issue, they’re really a good deal for those seeking something more creative than another Deadpool crossover or epically inconsequential superhero soap drama. My only wish is that I could have seen some more twisted tales of horror as promised by the blatant use of zombie imagery of several of the covers and posters, but that aside Yuck! is a great buy and a good read for those with flexible moral sensibilities.

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Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

  • J. Astro

    Not a huge indie-comix person, but damn, hot cover. It makes me feel… funny.

  • Strange Kid

    Haha, that's my favorite cover as well. There's also a poster that really brings the E.C. vibe. I'm not a huge indie comix person either, but I was really drawn by the artwork here and was really surprised overall at the quality. Better than most overblown comics on the mainstream market today (IMO).

  • http://roachwell.blogspot.com Craig Collins

    Hey Strange Kids!

    I just happened upon your site, which is ridiculously awesome and saw this review – that’s my downright weird western tale of a man with two pistols for nipples!

    Yuck is indeed a pretty crazy reading experience. Glad you featured the How I Met Your Mother strip, it was my personal favourite.

    Cheers,

    Craig Collins

    • Strange Kid

      Hey there, Craig, it’s great to meet you!

      The pistol nipples strip was a hoot, man, really great work! I took a look at your blog (Roachwell) as well and I’m digging the comic strips. TK Maxx and Man Fin Soup are by far my favorites at the moment. Hope you stick around!

  • http://www.craig-collins.blogspot.com/ Craig Collins

    Thanks man, glad you enjoyed the strips! I’m lucky to be working with great artists like Robert and Iain. Actually Roachwell’s wound up now and all my new stuff is at: http://www.craig-collins.blogspot.com/. Thanks for having a look dude!

    I’ve joined your Facebook / Twitter so I’ll be on board for all your new posts while I dig around through the archive. This site is heaving with wonderfully nutty stuff, like a Noah’s Ark of Gross and Crazy. I’ll stick around for sure!