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Public Domain #5

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Based on 3 critic ratings.

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Kindle Edition
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24 pages
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  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Public Domain #5 is an issue that cultivates the embers of joy that come from creating while building to a cliffhanger that doesnt succeed based on tension but with pure catharsis. After four issues of watching the grim realities of what it means to devote a life to art, and comics specifically, theres a primal release in watching the Dallas family, and Tanya (and Mohammed) be rewarded for their passions. The road ahead may be perilous, and the bitterness and harsh realities of the industry are waiting on the other end, but in the moment, that doesnt matter. This book will be immortalized in its final panels, with the group standing around art being worked on, with pure joy on everyones faces. Its the type of scene that illustrates why comics, and art, matter and how they can create the strongest of connections. Its an emotional call to action to gather some people and start making art of your own, and let the process bring joy.
  • 100

    Comics Grinder

    All in all, the banter and social commentary adds up to a delicious dark satire on the less than innocent comics industry. But who among us is innocent, right? Ah, well, now that’s the frame of mind to be in for this snarky, yet heart-felt, tale. Getting back to the issue of creating quality work, it all comes back to it being well-thought-out work and that’s where Zdarsky has got you covered. He actually writes! Maybe that’s his big secret: to actually write with integrity and, heck, you just might create something worth reading. Who knew?
  • 90

    The founding of Dallas Comics proves to be the most heart-filled and humorous installment of Public Domain thus far. With all of the characters well established, it's a delight to watch their eccentric personalities bounce off one another when under the same roof. Zdarsky grasps how to display strengths and flaws simultaneously which creates a natural rhythm in the dialogue as challenges are encountered and addressed. Problems persist, but there's enough creativity and passion present that it's hard not to feel hopeful for these individuals. (...) The subtle critique of capitalism in the comics industry is far more effective than hyperbolic invective, and it suggests that the best pages of Public Domain still lie ahead.

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