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Frank Stockton’s “Hamburgers for One”

You can read the whole thing here. Great little story. Stockton offers some context on his blog here.

I’m encouraged to see artists embracing the short story form a bit more. Anthologies used to be the only venue (and indeed, this one was originally for Popgun Vol. 4), but they also work well on the Web, where a GN’s worth of time may be hard to find, but many viewers are ready to carve out 5-10 minutes.

Stories like “HfO” (or this or this) also make a great entry point for new comics readers, wondering what might be worth reading out there, but nowhere near ready for a more substantial investment of time and effort.

[link via Heidi—though I'm a bit late getting around to it!]


Discussion (5)¬

  1. Frank says:

    Thanks for that. Truly a great little story with great little art. Sometimes it seems that comics not only need to be long-running or anthologies, but that they need to mirror the fast pace of a Hollywood movie. These here are some wonderful counterexamples!

  2. Kat says:

    That was a vaguely depressing story but really beautifully done. The pacing was so well done, and the art was beautiful. I’d love for short stories like this to become more common, especially if they could all be done so well

    • Kat says:

      Oh, and I can say I’ve definitely been on the girl’s side of things before…it’s awkward and painful no matter where you stand in these kinds of situations

  3. Simon F says:

    It’ s a great comic. Simply done, but very expressive and well paced. It seems being and illustrator and being a cartoonists are starting to blend into the same thing.

  4. Steve W says:

    I think, from an artist’s perspective, short stories would be a great way to cut your teeth on a new genre of story, or a different style of art than you regularly go for.