Petey & Pussy original graphic novel
Writer/Artist/Cover artist: John Kerschbaum
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Price: $19.99 US
Petey & Pussy is weird. Like most comics readers, I learned to know and love the medium through the super-hero genre, so material such as John Kerschbaum’s cartooning is the sort of thing I found alien, confusing and even off-putting in the past. In recent years, though, my curiosity about such storytelling, found more on the periphery of the industry, has grown. Petey & Pussy is often harsh. It’s extreme and arguably non-sensical at times. But you know what? It’s entertaining. And not only that, behind all the cartoon animals, gross-out humor and cursing, there’s some honestly. Kerschbaum explores people at their best and their worst. He explores nature and the undeniability of instinct. Kerschbaum’s use of anthropomorphic animals blurs the line between the traditional cartoons of yesteryear and a modern examination of behavior, both animal and human. Ultimately, his cartooning is pretty funny, once one gets past the more low-brow, base elements that nevertheless seem appropriate for this odd book.