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Welcome To The Dahl House

By Ken Dahl
microcosmpublishing.com

In a world gone mad, the flow of every day life is left to rot and decay. Corrupt police officers roam the streets enforcing the tyranical decrees of “The Man”. Watch where you step, because you’ll be thrown in jail for free thought! No, this isn’t a dystopian sci-fi novel, this is every day American life as illustrated, and commentated by Ken Dahl, in his comic collection Welcome To The Dahl House.

Spanning his various characters and ideas, Ken Dahl paints edgy and strange modern day tales about the ass-backwardsness of American life. Old Punks, Super Hero Dogs, and the strange wierdo Gordon, narrate their way through tales of arrest, sex, and death. From an art standpoint I really love the cooky cartoon feel, mixed with a nice smooth artistic style. In terms of story there are some laughs and some shocks, but I became a bit tired with the repetive “our-country-is-ruined-and-here-is-all-the-corruption” rant. It only became uncomfortable as I constantly felt like Mr. Dahl was sitting the fence between groovin’ Hippie Sign Holding Protester, and Ranting Anarchist Bomber Militant. Over all though, I give it my three thumbs up (The third thumb is from all the radiation the Government dumped in my yard as a child, those bastards).

-Nikolaus Bartunek

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