I'm a big fan of Jhonen Vasquez (and now Jen Golberg as collaborator), and it's primarily because instead of rushing to get a ton of merchandice on the market, he takes the time to create something memorable. Jellyfist harkens back to his Bad Art Collection more than the still-excellent Johnny The Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut or Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors and it is pretty random. Make that VERY random. There's no central story, so if you're a fan of plots and charactization, this one might not be for you. But there's genius in some of the non-sequiturs and the art is very reminiscent of the B.A.C. but much more polished. I hope Jhonen Vasquez hasn't stopped drawing entirely but thankfully the art but Jen Goldberg fits the mood nicely. Any Jhonen-o-philes will love the liner notes, I'm still working my way through them.
If you have knee-jerk reactions of fear and hatred when an artist or writer does something different from their previous work, don't write a whiny review, just wait for him to do a JTHM follow-up. And while I love Jellyfist, it is not for anyone who doesn't fall over laughing at the prospect of flinging a baby at approaching hobos. Enough said.
Well its been a while since Jhonen Vasquez has made a comic and after reading the book it was well worth the wait. Vasquez and Goldberg have delivered a mindless yet inventive short comics packaged in a 54 page book. Vasquez creates the stories while Goldberg draws the visuals. The stories themseleves are very random and while some are ridiculusly funny others are strange to the point were you sit puzzled thinking "...huh?" If your a fan of JTHM, Squee, or Invader Zim you will understand Jhonens spontaniously random sense of humor that he hasnt lost throughout the book. Surprisingly there is allot of sexual humor, something that Jhonen strayed away from in all of his other work. But breaking down that wall he will make you think of some sexual acts in ways you never wouldve concieved in your mind before. In conclusion if you like Vasquezs previous work you will dig this book.
I first stumbled into this in an old comic book store months ago, unfortunately that store is now out of business, well my friend bought it and we read the whole freakin thing in one seating. It was just too good, we loved reading the commentary. and after like two hours of going through it i finally looked to see who where the people who made it. Surprisingly enough it was Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg. Me being a fan of Jhonen's and my friend loving the work of Jenny and owning some of her infamous buttons, it was just so pleasing. since the book belonged to the friend and since she forgot where she put it, i decided to finally buy it. And it was totally worth the nine bucks.
Jhonen is losing his touch, personally. While the army of hobos was a nice look back his older work, some of his new things are vulgar and not funny (not to say vulgar can't be funny, which he achieves at times). Some of the comics are downright bizzare, even for Vasquez. A must have for fans, but expect more Bad Art Collection or Happy Noodle Boy quality humor, not the darkness (JTHM, even Zim) which I personally prefer in his comics.
Let me start out by saying that i did not make it entirely through this book because i bought it as a gift for my boyfriend and he took it back, but it is really freaking disturbing. Funny... but disturbing. Well, amusing maybe, i guess funny is the wrong word. i recomend it if you like kids with bees living in their skull and stuff (note that i gave it four stars).
Jellyfist is a fun, quirky collection of nonsensical comics created by Jhonen Vasquez and Jen Goldenberg, with JV as the writer and JG as the graphic artist. While the comics themselves are somewhat hit-or-miss, the commentary provided on the right side of each page is actually pretty endearing.
Jellyfist is another one of JV's comic collections of complete nonsense, nonsense that would be grotesque if it weren't so innocently amusing. Jellyfist reminds me a lot of JV's Bad Art Collection, except the BAC was, as JV described (and I'll paraphrase), crappy comics that he originally drew on napkins. Jellyfist obviously has much more polish, but the original BAC concept was to create silly, insane comics for no other reason than to amuse, and Jellyfist fits that bill quite nicely.
But the meat and potatoes of the work is in the commentary provided on the sides of the pages, in which the two artists discuss their work. All the comics can be read-through in only a few minutes, and some are hilarious while others are meh and others are huh?, but the commentary provides the longest lasting, and for me, the biggest laughs.
It's one thing to read a comic of a man accidentally hurling his son through a window in an attempt to save himself from a sea of hobos flooding his home, but it's quite another thing to discuss it afterwards, especially when deprived of sleep and buzzed on Red Bulls with deadlines passing by...