Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Recent Review

Recently, Matthew Brady at Warren Peace Sings the Blues gave The Colorblind Art Teacher #2 a pretty positive, back-handed kind of review. You can read the original post by clicking on the link in the first sentence (and scrolling down), or reposted here: 

I don't know if Mark Teel lives up to the title of his minicomic series, but if he's an art teacher, his work is pretty crude. I kid! As the husband of an art teacher, I know that you don't have to be a great drawer to teach people about art, and it's obvious that Teel knows how to tell a story. In this issue, he uses his simplistic figures to relate the tale of taking his young daughter (two years old is my guess) to swimming lessons and getting frustrated at her refusal to participate very much because she is scared. But this also brings up the memory of his own childhood, and the way his own father basically bullied him into jumping off the diving board. It's an amusing juxtaposition, although it ends kind of abruptly, and Teel does seem a bit harsh, but that is certainly a believable reaction to obstinate children and the frustration they can cause.

As mentioned, Teel's art is somewhat crude, with characters kind of being more-detailed stick figures (or, since that's kind of unfair, low-detail cartoons), but he gets a good bit of expression out of them, slumping postures and frantic motion combining with big heads and easily-read facial features:

It's a pretty nice little read; I'm curious to check out Teel's other work. If you're interested, you can see more of his work and order issues of the series at his blog.

Speaking of checking out "Teel's other work," there's still copies of, both, numbers one and two of The Colorblind Art Teacher. Hint, hint.


Blogger LARRY said...

The critic commented on a couple of other cartoonists and showed examples of their varied works. I'm no cartoon critic by any means, but in looking them over, I honestly can't see any being in the same league as yours. I truly enjoy reading Colorblind. None of these others grabbed me at all.

22 July, 2009  
Blogger Steaming bowl o' Calderone said...

Remember, there's no such thing as bad press.

22 July, 2009  
Anonymous Mom Teel said...

By the way, we want one of each of them.

28 July, 2009  
Blogger Katherine C. Teel said...

Hey, hon, I reviewed you on www.katsfilmsndbookreviews.com and on www.kiddieyap.com. Same review.

28 July, 2009  
Blogger Katherine C. Teel said...

Sorry, my typing is SO bad. That first one should be www.katsfilmandbookreviews.com.

28 July, 2009  

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