This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is:
Story by . . . . . . Ananth Hirsh
Art by . . . . . . . . Yuko Ota
“Lucky Penny” collects a story arc from “Johnny Wander,” Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota’s webcomic, into print. It follows the travails of Penny Brighton, who finds herself without a job or a home at the beginning of the story…Most of “Penny Lucky” has an off-kilter, slice-of-life tone to it, but this changes two-thirds of the way through the book, when Penny’s place gets trashed and the action shifts from believable to bizarre. It’s a risky move to change the framework and the stakes like this without warning, but there’s a significant payoff. The jump is jarring, but Hirsh and Ota successively use the reader’s momentary confusion to add tension to the climax…
I miss this one, much to my regret because I really enjoyed this book. The group breaks down what they like about the book, Joe rants about Johnny Wander for a bit and also admits that he likes sweetness in general. There is praise for the dialogues in the book around relationships. The convo wraps with a conversation about the notion of maturity and how certain ideas and works tend to be tied to considered as more “sophisticated” due to their darker tone. (Much to our chagrin as we see lightness having an equal position in informing the human experience.)
Our hosts for this episode are Kirbotron 2000, Joe Preti, Kit DeForge and Tobiah Panshin. On our next episode we will be reading Infinite Kungfu.
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