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Up a Blind Alley

by: Scott Smith


July 20th, 2009 · post by Edd · 1 Comment

Part one: when did I get so boring?

Up a Blind Alley coverThis is to date the best comic I’ve read in 2009, which is saying quite a lot considering I’ve read a lot of comics so far this year, and a lot of them have been brilliant. But this is truly beautiful; it’s short, and clearly just the first part of a much longer story, but it’s still perfectly self-contained and an intriguing beginning.

At it’s core the comic’s about the loneliness of live, but in particular life as a mid-twenties something; trying to fit everything in and still have fun. Here Scott bounces from party to home, back out to the pub, into another party, bed and finally leaving for ATP. The comic is impeccably paced, and takes on a lot of interesting riffs that people like Anders Nilsen play with. Scott also uses his dreams as interesting counterpoints to break up his day to day stories adding a certain surrealism and despair to the whole affair.

He also seems to have an almost natural talent at composing panels, working with a range of close-ups, mid-points and different angles to clearly communicate the narrative. It’s a shame then that the final page sees Scott apologising for the comic self-depreciatingly saying, ‘Thank you for reading… another bloke, another auto-bio comic’, when frankly it’s so much more than that!

Well worth picking up!

One of the dream sequences in up a Blind Alley

One of the dream sequences in up a Blind Alley

Up a Blind Alley has an interesting repetition of motives

Up a Blind Alley has an interesting repetition of motives

...and an interesting use of white space

…and an interesting use of white space

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  • talula posted:
    Oct 31, 2009 at 1:31 am. Comment #1

    he’s the best thing since sliced bread!