Basic Instructions: A Very Short Review

Some comics are narrative-driven — will Batman defeat the Riddler?  will Kitty Pryde survive to return to the X-Men?  Some comics pretend to narrative drive but are actually pursue humor —  Agatha Heterodyne will whack her boyfriends upside the head with a “WOCKETA WOCKETA” sound effect, it’s only a question of when.

Basic Instructions is that rarity, a comic narrowly focused on one theme: instructions.  Check out the back pages on the sidebar — a vast number of tasks or skills are covered, including “How to Use the Various Shades and Styles of Sarcasm,” “The True Meaning of Easter,” and “How to Fulfill a Prophecy.”  There are no characters, or rather the same small  cast recycles through the strips in different guises, rocket-shaped hats, and so on.  Clean black-and-white art lends the page a distinctive look.  Endlessly entertaining and very funny!  And they are the first comic I have seen with an Android app.  BVC oughta get one of those.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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