Um, well - you could say that Andrew Luke is a bit like a
comics naive artist - something like an Alfred
Wallis - long may he continue & plough
his own furrow, but this comic just confused me, and not in a good way either.
is largely based on a parody of Star Wars, & not being an aficionado
of this particular merchandising commodity, I would imagine there are huge swathes
of satirical backhanders that are completely lost on me... at least, I would
hope so; I didn't really find it funny.
It does have a plot - a story arc - but the panel to panel story has no real
flow, making it an uncomfortably disjointed read. I hear Chester
comic pages from individually drawn panels & arranges these on the page.
I have a suspicion that there is a similar process involved with the production
of this comic. I would guess that Chester has a vision of the finished page:
how the panels interact to create a cohesive flow, & probably how that flow
is positioned in the overall scheme of the comic. The panels in Andrew's
comic can often be treated each as individuals - there sometimes seems little
regard as to how they might fit into the larger scheme of the page, let alone
the comic as a whole. To add to this disjointed reading there is the wilful
desire to have the comic read sideways - you have to hold it sideways & lift
new pages from the bottom. I have nothing against unconventional formats,
but this just added to the awkwardness of the reading. It perhaps has a logical
start in the parody of the text scrolling title sequence that all (?) Star Wars
films seem to have as a signature, but it doesn't perform well for comics. I
guess it could be considered a 'wide screen presentation' but the gag is not
In the artwork, elements like the crosshatching are untidy & even inappropriate.
Hatching is used for shading or implying direction, but Andy's usage seems to
have little consideration of the effect the hatching creates when applied. Regardless
of the density of hatching, no real sense of depth is achieved; unfortunately
it often just sits there, in stripes.
Okay - so Andrew displays rudimentary drawing
skills & these do not really
help with the clarity of the reading, but to be positive, it does have to be
said that he looks like he's had fun creating it. There's a use of cut outs & differing
media: pens, paints, which makes it all look more interesting than many of the
charmless efforts that I've seen. It's just a shame some of that fun spirit
didn't manage to imbue itself into my reading of it.