Friday, 4 October 2019

ReadItDaddy's Comic / Graphic Novel of the Week - Week Ending 4th October 2019: "Looshkin: The Big Number 2" by Jamie Smart (David Fickling Books)

Your Honour, the accused stands in the dock, charged with that most heinous of crimes. Making a normally quiet and sane 11-year-old laugh until snot bubbles exploded out of her nose.

Further to the above charge is the additional minor charge of making the aforementioned 11-year-old run around the house, shouting bizarre surreal phrases such as "RUN, RUN UNTIL DE FARTS COMES OUT!" as well as "Me Bebbeh! It's Coming!"

"Looshkin: The Big Number 2" has once again had exactly the same effect on ReadItDaddy Towers as the crazed, chaotic lunatic moggy has on his own peaceful household in Jamie Smart's hilariously funny strip, once again ripped from the pages of the mighty Phoenix Comic, stuck together with a couple of old pritt sticks (you know the ones, those ones that never quite stick things properly, the ones your teacher always gives you ever since that unfortunate incident where you ate all the copydex) and presented in a satisfying single volume.

So what does Looshkin get up to this time? Shoving his bum between a courting couple so that they kiss his bum instead of each other? Check! Using a nefarious sock puppet to perform evil deeds, claiming they are the puppet's idea? Check! Generally trashing entire neighbourhoods, personal property, comestible items and of course pants - lots of pants and bloomers? Check Check and treble check!

The accused cannot deny the charges. Once again he has produced this piece of subversive comic fiction, destined to turn the nation's youth into giggling maniacs, unable to communicate with their adult wranglers other than via guffaws, sniggers, chortles, giggles, and downright loud and braying belly laughs.

Guilty. Guilty as charged.

"Looshkin: The Big Number 2" by Jamie Smart is out now, published by David Fickling Books. Hold your children close, pray for them!