Comic Strips
Even White Boys Get The Blues
By Michael Vance
Mar 10, 2007 - 11:01

Times Books
Writer(s): Doug Marlette
Penciller(s): Doug Marlette
Inker(s): Doug Marlette
Cover Artist(s): Doug Marlette

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The South has risen again, ya'll, in one of those rare anomalies, a comic strip that is actually funny. Kudzu is not about the South Bronx or even South America; it concerns the folks of the American South.
 
And Kudzu is now just minimally about Kudzu, a young Southern boy. Reverend Will B. Dunn has won the popularity war within the tiny, bordered kingdom of Bypass, North Carolina (a stone's throw from Mayberry and Andy Griffith), and left the strip's namesake in the dust.
 
This volume samples the first ten years of the popular comic strip and its nutty cast: a morbidly obese Caucasian who wants desperately to be black, a cheerleader refining the art of gold- digging, the ultimate 'bubba', and, of course, the right Reverend himself. All are a broad parody and satire of the nuances that characterize the South as imagined by anyone not living in it.
 
Cartoonist Doug Marlette also has a substantial knowledge as well as a healthy suspicion of religion. With Will B. Dunn as his spokesman, Marlette explores the world of the
televangelist with his tongue firmly in cheek, and the result is a rare, insightful humor.Marlette does it all with a minimalistic style of art that distances a reader enough from reality to make the often distasteful downright funny.
 
Underneath all of the insight, humor, and skepticism about religion, lies a real compassion for his subjects.   What ultimately makes Kudzu so wonderful is that you will find bits and pieces of yourself in its characters. And, in those rare moments of complete self-honesty, you will admit you are most interested in...you.
 
Even White Boys is highly recommended.


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