Review: Actress And The Bishop #1 by Brian Bolland From Desperado Comics

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Okay this is a late book. Some may expect that from the meticulous designs of Brian Bolland, but this all reprints. And it was meant to come out in December, I think. But hey.

The phrase "said the actress to the bishop" is an earlier, more eloquent version of "that's what she said" in an age when actress was basically a euphemism for stripper and/or prostitute.

Bolland has taken this simple phrase and through a number of strips spanning decades, he created a world around these two people living together in bizarre and surreal circumstances. It's beautiful, sexy, funny, intricate, astoundingly well written and structured, and an example of the creator at the top of his game. Hmmm. Maybe I'm going to have to have this top Muppet Show for book of the week. Sorry Roger, I know you won't mind too much.

For those of you who like Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse's BoJeffries Saga, this should be an essential purchase. For those wanting to draw comics and want to see the kind of artwork that you will never ever get close to creating, buy this and read it through tears. And for writers looking for artists, here is the biggest proof you'll ever need that the artists just don't need you.

I'm going to run a page. One page. There are thirty-one other pages. Each is as good or better. Will your spirit be enliven by such joy or will you die inside knowing it rarely gets this good. Do not pass this over for Wolverine's Light Reign With Sunny Spells or whatever.

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The Actress And The Bishop, by Brian Bolland is $3.99 from Desperado, shipping today. Book Of The Week.

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