By Conrad Frost & Joseph Gual (A4 Publications)
Comfortably middle-class, George and Lynne live on the river and have a great marriage. In brief daily instalments they deal with life’s little misfortunes and each others foibles, secure in the knowledge that nothing can ever go really wrong. And it doesn’t.
This is the comfortable comedy of the Terry and June set, with minor embarrassments and occasionally catty observations on the nature of “keeping up with the Joneses” replacing drama and conflict as narrative engines. They are fit, good looking and spend an incredible amount of time naked.
This strip collection definitely falls into the guilty pleasures category, with woefully lame gags and tired sexism counterbalanced by a gentle, natural married relationship idyllically portrayed in welcoming and accessible scripts, and illustrated by an absolute master of narrative drawing, and one especially adept at the unclad female form (I understand that many people like that sort of thing – I’m pretty sure I do…). I don’t know if Joseph Gual is the same artist that drew the James Bond Strip in Spain but I do know that he is very, very good at his job.
I can’t honestly recommend this strip to everybody, but if you love great drawing and don’t mind the odd bit of old-fashioned sexism this is a pretty and mostly inoffensive way to waste a few minutes.
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