This is bit of a mixed bag actually.'Silent' cartoons by Reinder Dijkhuis,
the book improves as you get farther into it. The first strip here is
the weakest (and luckily the oldest), as we follow Reinder (at least I
assume it's him) going through a typical day with everything going
wrong around him. 'Camera angles' are good, and you can see the first
gropings towards an appealing style, but there's no real pace to the
thing, skritchy-skratchy linework, and no real ending, just a kind of
Happily things improve almost immediately. When we had tails... is a retelling of the Eden story that works well, with much improved art, that doesn't overstay it's welcome. Sponge is also pretty good, with a real style developing. Seedy Sunset,
next , is a real odd one about Reinder's trip to a nudist beach, and an
encounter with a flasher, that stopped me in my tracks a little bit (
Hey, British sexual repression! C'mon in! ). The best thing here is the
last piece, Crossroads an excellent fable about the journey
through life that's witty, pithy, and not at all preachy, as well as
being brilliantly drawn.
Silent strips are probably the hardest thing to do, (I say 'probably'
as I've never had the guts to try it) as you really have to get your
body language and facial expressions spot on. Reinder manages it here,
and although I'd like to see heavier linework which would bring out his
extremely appealing style better, that's really just nitpicking. A good
artist developing in the right way.