Saturday, 26 November 2016

True Stories, Volume 2 by Derf Backderf Review


True Stories, Volume 2 collects more four-panel strips from Derf Backderf’s The City, time time from 2009 to 2014, when the comic ended. Like the first volume, they’re funny observational strips about everyday people Derf encounters. 

Filling this collection are religious eejits, crazy street people, gun nuts, someone literally knitting as she drives, a guy belting out the Underdog theme in public, and Pressure dude is back. 

Aside from one strip where Obama visits Derf’s town, Volume 2 feels just like the first volume which was set pre-Obama administration, so they’re largely timeless stories. And, also like the first volume, there’s an inordinate amount of strips bashing the morbidly obese. I get it, they’re an easy target and the strips are mostly amusing but Derf really seems to have a serious problem with fat people. 

True Stories, Volume 2 is another entertaining and humorous collection of regular people doing irregular things, captured forever by a fantastic cartoonist. Well worth checking out for fans of Derf Backderf or anyone looking for a pick-me-up on a low day!

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