Guest Strip – Magnolia Porter
Magnolia Porter has brought us today’s strip, and I feel like there’s a slight chance I might actually be telling some of you about someone you don’t know here, so listen up.
Magnolia Porter is basically my favourite find of the past year.
She currently draws the wonderful 5-day-a-week strip, Bobwhite. Though, what I really want to talk about is the comic I found last year.
Sometime in the latter half of 2008, I came across The Good Crook. I had not intended to do so but I ended up sitting at my desk for hours until I had read every single page of it. Then agnonised waiting for each new update. Luckily for you, it’s now a complete story so you can read the entire thing in one go. You will probably want to.
It is a beautiful, heart-warming/heart-wrenching and hilarious story that follows a a father dealing with a great dissatisfaction with his life by awkwardly trying to chase his unconventional dreams of being a Wise Guy. At the same time, of course, he must deal with being a father, and to an incredibly precocious young girl that you will fall completely in love with.
This story is carried so well because Magnolia is such a great writer. She understands real people, she understands real people’s faults and insecurities and the way real people stumble and triumph through life. She knows how to tell a story that will just grip you and strangle you and hug you and hold your hand and lead you over a well-trodden path to an unknown but intruiging destination. She feeds you icecream along the way.
On top of that, her art just floors me. I want to drink it up. Her use of colour and her incredible ability to express strong and subtle emotions with every line make me so jealous. Magnolia can do so many things that I find so difficult and I really fucking admire her.
You will thank me for it.
Thankyou, Magnolia Porter!