SPX Pulls: Jason Pittman Roundup / by Alex Jarvis

When I came to SPX, I wanted to find comics like the ones presented by Jason Pittman. These are truly indie comcs, complete with the telltale Kinko's border surrounding each page, and with all the love that hand-stapling pieces of 8.5/11'' paper requires of you. The best I can tell, Pittman doesn't have a website outside of Myspace, but you you can check him out on his Leftovers Ltd. Myspace page. If you know of where people can find him elsewhere on the Internet or how to buy his books outside of conventions (and I would highly recommend this), please let us know in the comments!  image

Leftovers Books One and Two, Written by Shelley Briggs, Drawn by Jason Pittman

What better place to start than the Pittman's flagship title? This is an intimate look into the lives of the newly infatuated. Two people meet at a party, bond over tattoos, and suddenly they are recklessly and hopelessly in love. Of course, the story goes out of it's way to show that it may not be a good idea to dive so quickly and deeply into such things, and it does so through an engrossing (and grotesque) dream sequence in book one. Book two is a much more subtle affair, with a slightly confusing ending. To me, it appeared to be all the ways in which infatuation can degrade to a point where you realize that you are not compatible. The uplifting ending was encouraging for the characters, and it might have made me realize how much of a cynic I've really become.

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The Exodus Book Zero, Written and drawn and created by Jason Pittman

As is evidenced by my Box Brown stuff, religion in comics is a hot topic for me. I think the medium can do a good job of shining a particular light on faith, and this is clearly true in Exodus. Science fiction dabbling in religion is an easy way into my heart, though the story is a little lacking (I didn't fully understand it until the final blurb). Still, this is a promising premise that I would love to see come to fruition. But on a positive note, it is not easy to draw a muscle-throbbing humanoid without falling into the Liefield trap, which Pittman avoids gracefully.

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Here Goes Our Life: A Leftovers Wedding Vow, By Jason Pittman

As I understand it, this was the wedding vow that Jason wrote for his wedding. It is spectacular, romantic, and never even comes close to sappy. It's a thematic romp through a relationship. This comic is the product of love, and I am truly jealous of them both.

imagethe bubble-gum Psycho and friends, By Jason Pittman

The stories in this comic so deliriously flitter between disturbing and poigiant, I am not sure where to place it as a whole. It's schizophrenic, moving without preparation from story to story, almost so fast it is difficult to keep up. Taken individually, the stories are not bad, though often manic and frenzied. The art varies in style, which might make this the best introduction to Pittman as an artist; at one point, a fight between video-gamers turns into a very cartoonish style, and then back into saccharine. Keep on the lookout for a Leftovers cameo when you pick this up--and, you probably should.