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11/18/2006 Archived Entry: "Comic anthology review: BAAU Down, Vol. 5"

BAAU Down, Vol. 5
Bay Area Artists Unite Comic Anthology

Review by Tom Good

This comic anthology by the art club Bay Area Artists Unite begins with Sandwich, a cute story about a daydreaming girl and her snail, by Aranda Dill. From there it meanders through a variety of artistic styles and formats, including pinups, manga-style comics and even some photography. It provides an interesting look at some work by young artists from the San Francisco Bay area.

Video games and their signature characters appear in multiple stories. Evon Spengler contributes a humorous take on Katamari Damacy. Alex Ahad tackles the moody Shadow of the Colossus game using art full of nice soft gray tones, and a story with a twist ending. And Kat adds a lighthearted comic about the game Ragnarok Online.

Studio Kyuu's skateboarding comic Grind continues with chapter 4, Crazy Beat, serving up some skateboard kung fu fight scenes. I enjoy Grind, but find it hard to follow an ongoing story in a book that only comes out once a year. Previous chapters can be found online though.

Porku and Afuji's "4panels and Pin-ups" piece was fun, featuring a nice mixture of fantasy, goth, and manga elements in the pin-ups, and suitably minimalist gags in the 4-panels.

It is great to see this club continue to publish their art and give those of us outside the Bay Area a look into their local scene.

See also: Review of BAAU Down 4

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This is a wonderful book and I was lucky enough to get my copy at AX 2006, but other than tracking BAAU down at a convention, I've no idea how you can get your hands on a copy of your own. A shame that, really.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11/21/2006 09:59 AM PST

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