I was not going to write about a comic today.
Other things on the mind, you know. No real comics currently on the brain. It’s a gorgeous day outside.
I had plenty of reasons to put webcomics aside for a day… and then I was sent a link to Planet Saturday.
According to the site, Planet Saturday, by Monty S. Kane, is “a monthly comic about memory, imagination, and parenthood.” It is “GUARANTEED, in no particularly legally binding way, to amuse, educate, and enlighten; remove unsightly blemishes; grow hair on bald heads; and make you taller. The comics, in particular, will cut through a soup can- and still slice a tomato LIKE THIS!”
A guarantee that seems to have been delivered in full.
These strips are not going to blow you out of your shoes, mind you. You will not be rolling on the ground in laughter. You will not be biting your nails in anticipation of momentous plot twists or action-filled space battles. You will not be seized by an onslaught of emotion, energy and exuberance.
But it just may be you will feel something much more subtle take hold. These comics may bring forth a more internal appreciation, and a recognition of some of the simple glories in everyday life, in childhood, in family. I suspect they will make you think – and I would lay odds that they will make you smile.
Planet Saturday Comics are short little vignettes about life and the living of it. Memories, growth, hopes, dreams, and the myriad little things that make up the world. Cute, and simple, and heartwarming – in many ways, this resembles Calvin and Hobbes as told from an adult’s point of view.
The comic is just over a year old. There are thirteen episodes in the archives, ranging from two to nine pages each. It will not take any great measure of time to read through them all – but I would consider it time well spent.
This sequence, in particular, is a tale particularly well told.
The art is crisp and clean, and deserves an entire post of its own discussing how gorgeous it is. The stories are well-written, short as they may be. The concepts within are sound and sincere.
This, my friends, is a damn good comic.