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Oddville!

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Jay Stephens
Publisher: Oni Press

Commentary

On page six of Jay Stephens' ODDVILLE!, a baby is shot in the head.

It's okay, though - it's a flying baby.

ODDVILLE! is a very funny collection of weekly strips that ran under the same name in the hippest of hip independent newspapers a while back, now collected in all of its free-associative glory by the good folks at Oni Press, and the world's a lot gigglier for it. Following the aforementioned Flying Baby as she 'menaces' the good people of Oddville - including Melanie McCay (the alter-ego of superhero Jetcat); her pal Todd Johnson (at whom I laugh at on sight, as he is never seen without his baseball cap emblazoned with the simple invective 'RAP'); Giant Radio-Controlled Robot (what, you want me to draw a road-map?); Gargantua Monkey (who goes on a date with Todd's big sister Melissa); and many others too bizarre to explain.

No, really - shot right in the head. The bullet bounces off and everything; the baby smiles. Sorry - the flying baby smiles.

You will, too, unless you're some kinda jerk. What are you, a jerk?

-- Matt Fraction

 
Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.

 


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