Every now and then, I peruse the “comic” tag under the “Books and Zines” section of Etsy to discover some new mini-comics. Generally, I’ll see some that I like and because I am broke all of the time, I’ll add it to a favorite list for when I get more money. When that time will come, I have no idea, but I like to keep track of mini-comics that pique my interest so I don’t forget about them.
It isn’t often I order a mini-comic off Etsy, but Jordan Mooney’s The A-to-Z Guide to Dispatching Your Enemies immediately grabbed my attention not only because of the title, but also because of its one dollar price tag (like I said, I’m broke). This is a significant achievement in and of itself considering the cover of the comic is simply a black page with plain white lettering. Already, I could tell this was a comic I had to have.
Subtitled A Study of Methods Both Common and Unusual in Alphabetical Order, isn’t a comic, per se, in that it is not a sequential story. Rather, it is a series of 26 illustrations showcasing exactly what the title implies. In many of them, these acts, ranging from accordion to zombies, are executed by a mysterious mustachioed man, who happens to grace the back of the envelope Jordan mailed me. My favorite method is a tie between endive and obelisk.
Not only are the methods funny, clever, well drawn and all that jazz, they also expand one’s vocabulary. There were four words I’d never heard (or read, rather) before reading this comic. I’d list them here, but then I don’t want to give away too many of the methods in this comic.
The A-to-Z Guide to Dispatching Your Enemies is 28 2.5” X 4.5” pages (not including the covers) and has a silkscreened cardstock cover. It is available on Jordan’s Etsy page even though it is not listed on there, probably because one just sold yesterday (Etsy charges a fee for each item you list, so to ensure that you only pay a fee on items that actually sell, because items can expire after a while, many people just list the quantity as one. The downside to this is if that item sells, it is no longer listed in your shop until you relist it).