Aaron Settle, in his Sub Service Communications,
writes: "The newest original graphic novel of AiT/Planet Lar also promises to be one of the most original. Most people who know me, know I love crime stories and odd quirky stories, so Iím in heaven whenever a quirky crime story comes along. Smoke and Guns
has the potential to be that kind of story. The preview that I read was funny in an off the wall kind of way and the action sequences were fun in the best escapist way. The story centers on Scarlet, an ambitious cigarette girl who starts selling cigarettes outside of her territory. This starts an all out cigarette girl gang war (yes you read that right). Cigarette girl noir might not become the newest subgenre of crime stories, but I canít wait to read it."
Jog's got hisself an advance copy of S&G, too: Bookshelf Comics:
liked the scene where Scarlett is locked in a closet, wondering what to do, when suddenly she notices a mop bucket full of loaded guns.
Now that's almost goddamned Brechtian
in its 'hey look - it's an action comic' attitude."
"Cyborg waiter? I thought I was making an Art House flick!" "Yeah? Well, Art's house is about to get shot up."
Sean Maher scrutinizes Smoke and Guns
over at Bookshelf Comics:
"...many sections of the book are ridiculously (and entertainingly) action-packed and insane..."
Randy and Dave over at The Fourth Rail
call out Sunset City
in their look at the October-shipping books: "Seriously, the comics biz is so youth-centric that the notion of a comic focusing on a retiree actually sounds refreshing."
It's very satisfying, from an ego standpoint, that Astronauts in Trouble
continues to be so well-received that we fold its profits into the company to fund experimental work like Demo
and the "DVD commentary track" of "Public Domain" and prose like Surviving Grady
and Tales From Fish Camp
and trailers for The Black Diamond, Smoke and Guns,
and Five Fists of Science,
and the like.
So it's quite gratifying to read things like the www.ign.com
review with its quotes: "Larry Young's storytelling is perfect as he guides us through perilous exploits, character development and even different genres." and "The front cover design by Whiskey Island is one of the smartest pieces of design ever for a trade paperback. It looks like a flight manual. At first glance, you could even be fooled into believing this is a flight book. This level of attention, even to the cover, is a testament to the quality that Larry Young, Matt Smith and Charlie Adlard have poured into Astronauts in Trouble: Master Flight Plan.
It's a steal at $16.95."
Because Mimi and I have worked very hard to get things to this level, and to bring our Loose Association of Like-Minded Individuals along with us. In the stress of the regular day-to-day interactions, it's nice to be reminded that the whole empire hinges on a stray comment from my missus, a thought I was able to clearly put down on paper, and the hard work and heavy lifting of Charlie Adlard. Salut!
Josh and Lar at the AiT Operations Center, 2005: