Drinky Crow’s Barber Shop

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8 Responses to Drinky Crow’s Barber Shop

  1. Barb says:

    As much as I like you and your art, Tony, recently I feel the need to be critical.
    I own a lot of your books from various branches of your work (a bunch of Maakies, the first Billy Hazelnuts, and the Sock Monkey Treasury book).
    Lately I feel as though your art has gotten sloppier, though. I don’t like saying this, but since I am a big fan of your style, the more careless drawings make me somewhat uncomfortable.

    Also, to be honest, I think you reuse characters, ideas, and phrases a bit much. I’ve noticed this in writing also, when you read a lot of the same author you start noticing “style tricks” they frequently use in their writing. It isn’t bad if you read a single book, but noticing these in different works cheapens them and undoes part of the magic of the world the author is trying to create.
    I’ve been a long time Maakies reader, and only in the last couple of months read something of Billy Hazelnuts and Sock Monkey. I like to think that the intention of Sock Monkey was to be more understated, taking on the perception of childlike wonder (with often a cynical twist); and Billy Hazelnuts to be more a magical adventure; whereas Maakies is more the periodical mental ejaculations that could take on any form, often with crude humor.
    Separately, I like these very much, but taking all of them into account, I feel a bit sad. The catchphrase “Get Alive!” can be interestingly mysterious as well as comical, but seeing it over and over again makes me disregard it. The captain character that shows up in each of your “genres” is pretty much always the same, becoming a bit generic. Statements like “bunch of fools!”, “the horror of being alive” and “because it has powers!”, as well as many more are so present in your work I can’t really appreciate them fully anymore. Recently I saw you reused the “I took a bath so now I’ve lost my sense of direction because I can’t smell them anymore”. It’s funny, but why use it again?
    Maybe I’ve taken in too much of your work, but I find it a bit of a shame to see you repeating yourself, sometimes a lot, while you are clearly talented and funny.
    I’m really not trying to be an asshole, I’ve doubted a lot about coming forward.
    I’m a huge fan of your style, that’s why it pains me to see you limiting yourself. Lose the comfort zone!

  2. Darren says:

    Eloquently stated, Barb.
    I’ve had similar feelings.

  3. Danny says:

    Looks fine to me. You guys should try reading the comics through beer goggles.

  4. John M says:

    “Tony, your mother and I have been noticing that your drawing has been getting sloppier lately, and that over the last 20 fucking years you have repeated certain catch phrases, and it has us worried…”

  5. Sneed says:

    Part of the fun of reading Maakies is trying to guess how sloshed you were when you drew each strip.

  6. Justin says:

    I haven’t noticed any over-reuse in the Maakies strips. For instance, I’m pretty sure I have never seen a dead fish weather vane in any strip anywhere before this last one. Maybe Barb is talking about the books only? Regardless, these comics are a treat.

  7. Captain Morgan says:

    I drink and I repeat myself all the time. I don’t see the problem

  8. Beefus says:

    I’ve been reading this strip a long time, and I have noticed over time that these characters are grotesque drunken monsters, whom you subject to the most horrifying bodily humiliations and injuries. Not a single character in these comics has a single redeeming feature, the humor is invariably misanthropic and scabrous in the extreme, and never does the strip offer the slightest nugget to warm the heart, since you apparently prefer to plumb the depths of rage and horror.
    Great work! I love it! Do not change a thing.

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