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At risk of alienating you from your grandma, do you hate newspaper comic strips?

The ones that never die?

So did Chas Brown. Then his father died and he inherited a newspaper comic strip.

The really cute kind. The kind grandma likes.

Welcome to the hell that is the syndicated gag-a-day. But Chas Brown, an indie comic book artist with dreams of his own, has a way to get out of it. He's going to get "Simple Pleasures," America's most beloved comic strip, canceled.

Will grandma stand for it?

The Legacy!

"The Legacy" (96 pages, DragonFish Comics) is the graphic novel debut from writer Andrew McGinn and artist David Neitzke that takes aim at the long-standing tradition of passing a comic strip down from father to son. (Or to put it another way, the long-standing tradition of refusing to end a strip even though it pretty much had run its course by, oh, 1969.)

Inside "The Legacy," it's just like Sunday morning. Only funny. You'll be tickled by the military cutups of "Cheeseburger Hill"; delighted by the domesticated pirate life of "The Blackbeards"; and riveted by the serialized drama of "Morgan Parker, Notary Public." Reading "The Legacy" will soon become one of your favorite pastimes, up there with jogging, Party Poker, making bagels and whatever else you love doing! It will find its way into your heart, whether or not you are a big comic strip fan. It's just a charmer like that!

Then there's "Simple Pleasures," starring that mischievous imp next door, Dougie Riggle, who's been stuck at the age of 9 since 1961.

So what are you waiting for? Put down that lavish hardcover volume of "The Complete Buster Brown" and get this instead!

 

BEFORE (With Milt Brown)
The Legacy - Climage Change
aFTER (With Chas Brown)
The Legacy - Hell2
     
  • McGinn talks (yaps, jives, rambles) to the British comics site Shelf Abuse. Read it here, turkeys.
  • Cleveland rocks! And Essex, England, rolls! "The Legacy" is the subject of two killer new reviews from the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the U.K. website Shelf Abuse.
  • McGinn and Neitzke speak to Ohio State University's student newspaper. (And McGinn apologizes to Neitzke for always sounding so stupid.) Read it here.
  • Renown Ohio book critic Vick Mickunas takes on "The Legacy" and likes it (which is probably a good thing, considering that he wrote the review for the newspaper McGinn works for). Read it here.
  • Bookgasm likes our "subversive graphic novel." Read the review here.
  • McGinn exposes himself to fellow Iowan John Hogan over at Graphic Novel Reporter. Read it here.
  • "The Legacy" scores a glowing review in the literary trade journal ForeWord. Read it here.
  • McGinn speaks to Comic Related about The Legacy...and manages not to sound like a complete douchebag. Check it out!
 
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