D-Tales by Tom Davidson
In 32 pages, Davidson uses the characters of Thomas and Martin to explore life, friendship, making a leap, and exploring the great unknown. Thomas is a housefly who doesn’t fly anymore for fear of two giant hands snatching him out of the air. Martin is a caterpillar who longs for a life outside of the potted plants that rest on the windowsill of a woman’s house.
Martin is the adventurous one of the pair. He keeps goading Thomas to take a chance, but Thomas remains fearful. The huge hands haunt him, so he stays where he is – walking around the rim of a potted plant. After Martin, inching his way to the top of a doorframe, escapes in the hair of the house owner, Thomas is forced to look at himself and his situation in a new way.
Davidson does a nice job of setting up this story. The art is pleasant, but Thomas looks a little bit like a super hero version of a housefly. He uses thick lines and lots of black ink in his work. I couldn’t help but think of Andy Runton’s excellent Owly books as I read this.
D-Tales is a rewarding story, but Davidson had to add an epilogue. That cruel bastard. Get your own copy at Watch Tom Draw for $2.50.