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06/06/2004 Archived Entry: ""When We Were Very Maakies" review"

When We Were Very Maakies
by Tony Millionaire
Fantagraphics Books, 91 pages

Reviewed by Tom Good

Don't be fooled by the fact that the main characters are cute animals. Gabby the monkey and Drinky Crow would never be allowed in a Disney movie, but they would probably sneak in, get drunk, and cause trouble if they could. When We Were Very Maakies is a collection of single page black-and-white strips starring these two delinquents in a series of short, strange adventures.

Maakies has a large range of content, from bodily function jokes to poetry to philosophical musings. In one strip, Gabby finds a tree and happily saws it down. Unknown to him, the tree happened to be home to a beautiful bird sitting on a nest full of eggs. When the tree comes crashing down, the nest is destroyed and the bird flies away in terror. Oblivious to this, Gabby continues with his work: he takes the wood from the tree and uses it to build a birdhouse.

With the variety Maakies has to offer, you will never know what to expect when you turn the page. Just when you think you have the "formula" figured out, Maakies will show you something completely new. I found it clever and funny, but be warned that this book is not for kids or easily offended adults. Sex, violence, and alcohol are recurring themes, and the strips are all the more shocking for the extremely casual way they portray these topics.

Maakies made me laugh, and it made me think, and it made me want to read it again. I would definitely recommend this book.

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