When I should have been working, or perhaps after I work just enough, I saw a link for this book called The Rack, which turns out to be a collection of webcomics of the same name by Kevin Church and Benjamin Birdie. The introduction to said book was written by James Sime, proprietor of Isotope The Comic Book Lounge in San Francisco. That was enough to get me to take a look-see, and wouldn’t you know it, I started with the first comic, and started working my way forward. Even the most recent strip made me chuckle. You know, because gamers scare me.
The premise is pretty straight forward. There’s a comic shop called Yavin IV (I would totally shop at a place with that name. But, if you have to ask…) and of course, running the place are all the different archetypes you’ll find within fandom. They make all sorts of jokes about stuff going on in comics right now, and draw on their experiences in retail and fandom. I know, nothing terribly groundbreaking.
However, the key difference here is that I thought it was actually pretty funny. The thing is, in a post-Kevin Smith world, all those jokes needed somewhere to go. Most of the time when I hear Star Wars jokes, or people humor comics about comics, they kind of suck, or you’ve heard them a million times before. I was actually pleasantly surprised reading The Rack. I even bookmarked it. And I’ve only got Penny Arcade and Dilbert on that list.
If you haven’t, and you’re desperately trying to stave off the advance of real things to do, say at work, give it a shot.