Ever since I heard the concept of I SAW YOU …: COMICS INSPIRED BY REAL-LIFE MISSED CONNECTIONS FILLED WITH NEAR MISSES, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, LUSTY LONGINGS, AND A LITTLE HOPE FOR LOVE, I wanted to fall in love with it. Editor Julia Wertz had a terrific idea in adapting selections from that subgenre of personal ads into cartoon format, so she rounded up a host of talented artists to take a crack at it.
The results probably fare better than the success rate of those ads, but it’s still rather scattershot. Art is great all around — including such indie giants as Peter Bagge, Jeffrey Brown, Shannon Wheeler and Jesse Reklaw — so what’s the problem? Repetition, mostly, and scripts that aren’t nearly as imaginative as they should be (although some are, raising the bar). If this book were a blind date, you’d might not be all that disappointed halfway through dinner, when you could tell that sex wouldn’t in the cards later. —Rod Lott