You Should’ve Shut Your Door Better

FoxTrot by Bill Amend for May 06, 1997

Rodeo #1 has received another positive review, this time from venerated comics critic Rob Clough at High-Low Comics. Here is a brief excerpt, including a comparison to Bill Amend and his strip FoxTrot, which is huge for me since it was a favorite of mine when I was a kid:

It’s always a pleasure to get a mini in the mail from an artist with whom I’m not familiar, only for it to turn out to be excellent. Such is the case with Evan Salazar and his one-man anthology, Rodeo. The art style is somewhere between Dan Clowes’ Eightball and Bill Amend’s Fox Trot.

Each one of these stories, including the funny-creature Socratic dialogue “Critters” strip on the back, deals with an existential crisis of some kind. For Abigail, it’s a lifetime of dealing not just with abandonment, but with an aspect of her life that made no sense. For the janitor, it was trying to live up to his identity of a writer in the face of literal garbage. For the cat, it was realizing that freedom wasn’t exactly what she hoped it to be. They’re all searching, probing, cleaning, and there are no clear answers. This is a small, unassuming comic that asks a lot of big questions.

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