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Richard J. Marcej

Well, consider this artist in your audience who just got more than the bends seeing that "artwork" (quotes mine) for "Pirate Cove". Wow. That's just… god awful.

Aside from the poorly defined characters and weak panel layouts, his choice of fonts/color on his text (try reading the white outlined text without your eyes going cross-eyed, it can't be done) and the very amateurish photoshop coloring creates a really ugly looking strip. The writing might be good, maybe great., but I'd never know. It's so unappealing that I wouldn't check in on it every day.

On a more positive note, the look of "Dick Tracy" has improved by leaps and bounds since long time comic book pro, Joe Staton took over. Nicely done!


You call the previous Dick Tracy team "tedious:, I call them "entertainingly batshit insane." Their stories were a glorious - if predictable - formula of Insane Villan enteres, incomprehensible "police work" happens, ludicrous Rube Goldberg-styled death ensues.

While the quality of DT stories has increased dramatically, the snark value has plummeted. Fair trade, I suppose.

Mike Peterson

There is a very fine line between "tedious" and "entertainingly batshit insane," and I say that having watched "Ed Wood" a few nights ago. But watching "Plan 9" or "The Conqueror" once or twice is one thing; watching them on a continuous loop? Nah.

And Richard, I may have even understated the art issue at Pirate Cove at bit, but I'd disagree with you on this point: He does differentiate his characters quite well. I know some better drawn strips where I can't tell who's who even after months of reading it.

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