O’Shea’s Offhand Opinions 2014.12
Birch Squatch: The Last Bigfoot #1 (Jim “pizza-party" Gibbons/Caleb “mondegreenery" Goellner): I rarely review black and white comics in Offhand Opinions—and that’s an oversight on my part.
The concept of this series (a mythical figure that once lived in the woods, driven out by rampant development) really engaged me given that Birch Squatch has forged a new existence for himself in the underground world.
I was amused both by Gibbons’ script (talking animals living with Birch chat with him as if they are all hip buds) and Goellner’s art (Birch has an adorable, yet grungy look to him). The fact he eeks out his existence by bartering his own butt hair (which is hilariously of high value in barter circles) was the point that sold me on loving this first issue.
Not to spoil anything, but suffice to say his peaceful new existence under the city is short-lived—and that’s when the darker element to the series kicks in.
For Birch Squatch: The Last Bigfoot #1, I give a rating of 8 out of 10 rating. (10 being best)
The issue goes on sale digitally at Gumroad today or you can pick up a floppy at the upcoming Rose City Comic Con, as Gibbons and Goellner can be found at Table M-10.