No Hope

At the top of the cover of No Hope #4, a headline teases: “crude, offensive, puerile, unfunny, unoriginal, piece of crap,” which oddly had me excited, because that’s the kind of stuff that’s usually right up my alley. Unfortunately, I soon realized that this zine is exactly what it said it would be–except for the ‘piece of crap’ part. Every page in No Hope is drawn with exquisite detail and apparent care. And though it took me awhile to get past pages of cartoon penises and raining vulvas, some of the comics even verged on humour, and dare I say poignancy. Dean’s style is good but I’m not going to compare him to R. Crumb, because I bet that’s just what he wants. My suggestion: if you want Crumb, read Crumb. If you want something crude, offensive, puerile, unfunny and unoriginal, pick up this zine. (Claudia Calabro)

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