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Fuzz and Pluck: Splitsville (Fuzz & Pluck) Hardcover – December 17, 2008
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Imagine a David Lynchian children's story scenario where talking animals, animated toys and regular humans coexist in a landscape of surreal seediness; that's exactly what Stearn achieves, and the results are both dreamlike and picaresque as lovable teddy bear Fuzz and his pal Pluck, a denuded rooster, find work at Lardy's sandwich joint only to become separated and embark on strange journeys of despair and violence. Fuzz is savaged by an unfriendly dog while out on a sandwich delivery and ends up partners with Victor, a nutcase who enlists him in a feeble scam involving access over a river, while Pluck's violent encounter with some delinquents at the restaurant catches the eye of a local fight promoter and launches him into a new career as an unlikely gladiatorial badass. The narrative bounces back and forth between the two plots, and much lunacy ensues before the pair is reunited, and, while never dull, the segments featuring Fuzz's predicament pale in comparison to the truly lysergic and disturbing arena adventures of Pluck. And when was the last time you read a story with a bad-tempered halved lemon with fly wings as one of the villains? (Dec.)
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Following on from their debut in Fuzz & Pluck (1999), brainy Pluck, a featherless chicken, and sweet Fuzz, a teddy bear of very little brain, are forced in this story into separate and desperate ways. Pluck winds up in a kind of zoological gladiator circuit, while Fuzz takes up with a crazed ferryboat runner. After such adventures as imbibing happy juice and getting kidnapped by a jealous rabbit, on Pluck’s part, and earning an unexpected $100 only to see his new ferry friend accidentally blown up, on Fuzz’s, the intrepid friends are reunited, with a bit of intervention from heaven, on the ferry . . . which is ominously drifting out to sea in a portent of adventures to come. Stearn’s loose, expressive art expands the silly story line into a work of narrative art. Bad things may happen to good teddy bears, but friendship can get you through a lot, as Pluck and Fuzz show by fine example. --Francisca Goldsmith
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If it's possible to make some comparison of what Fuzz and Pluck is like, I would say it has some vague similarities to Tony Millionaire's adventures of Sock Monkey and Drinky Crow, and maybe a little bit of Calvin and Hobbes. Great stuff.
this is one of the best comics ever. it is funny, morally incorrect, it reads like a 260 pages long strip that never slows down.
pictures are very detailed and the story actually reads like a page-turner (yes)!!
if you like something fresh it is for you.
They are just the kind of hapless creatures readers would expect to find having misadventures together on the Sunday funny pages. And that's why Ted Stearn's second collection of Fuzz & Pluck comic books works so well. It is a wonderful throwback to some of the best traits of newspaper comic strips, but fully fleshed out into a five-issue arc.
Splitsville, as its name suggests, finds the series' protagonists on separate paths. Pluck loses his job at Lardy's, a fast-food establishment, after he runs a few punk customers through the proverbial ringer after being ridiculed. Fuzz is riding high at Lardy's, as the apparent employee of the week/month/year, but he runs into trouble when a dog prevents him from making an important delivery.
Pluck's beat-down of the teens, however, garners the attention of a woman who manages a team of animal gladiators against Sourpuss, a grapefruit--yes, a grapefruit--villain. Pluck decides he will use the arena to make a name for himself. Meanwhile, Fuzz is taken captive by a strange young girl who adds him to her menagerie of bickering toys, of which there is already a surplus of bears. Fuzz eventually gets out of her grasp, but only to find himself faced with the impossible task of promoting a ferry service where a more convenient bridge has already been built.
Stearn uses the comics medium to its fullest, letting his art do much of the work. He has a brilliant sense of absurd visual humor, with scenes such as an arena of living fruit organisms slicing one another to bits with kitchen knives wielded like samurai swords.
Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville succeeds primarily because it doesn't take itself too seriously. It is pure, unabashed fun with an oftentimes twisted spin at the expense of its funny animals. Stearn offers fantastically silly, imaginative scenes that remind of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy at their best. And though it all wraps up with a focus on friendship and a question of fate, it is the lighthearted creativity that makes Fuzz & Pluck a joy to read.
-- William Jones