Monday, March 26, 2007

The Lost Mini-Comics... Starting with Barrelhouse #2
Over the weekend I found a huge envelope stuffed with mini-comics. These minis have been patiently waiting for some kind soul to review them. And the creators who made the mini-comics? Waiting for some kind soul to review their comics. If you were/are one of those creators, I'm sorry. I'm spending the next two or three weeks reviewing this envelope full of minis.

It starts tonight with Barrelhouse: Pus Drunk #2 written by R. Lee and illustrated by Dug Belan. Barrelhouse tells the story of a seventeen year old landscape laborer who is a little messed up in the head. He's got the misplaced anger and aggression so common for a fellow of that age. He’s also got a funky, irritating diarrhea of the mouth that annoys everyone who meets him.
As his tale unwinds, we watch him stumble through his workdays enraging his co-workers. After the coworkers have had enough they beat him senseless; this is where things get weird.
Barrelhouse feels a bit like an old EC horror comic. The story is mostly advanced through narrative; very little actual conversation happens between characters. Instead, Lee’s tale is punctuated by Belan’s illustrations. It’s like a kids book gone horribly wrong.

Lee doesn’t list a website on the comic, but I found it for sale at Atomic Books. $2 will secure a copy of this 24-page black and white comic. You can also write R. Lee at

R. Lee
PO Box 1421
Oshkosh, WI 54903

Oh and the title, Pus Drunk? You’ll just have to find out for yourself.

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