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So Super Duper


October 8th, 2007

Having plugged an old pal, let me now do the same for a new pal, up-and-coming SF cartoonist Brian Andersen. Brian is also a bona fide fan, one of the three new fans I’ve gained since the publication of Fox Bunny Funny. There’s the Scottish one, the gay one, and the girl. Brian is the gay one.

And his full-color self-published title “So Super Duper” is the gayest new comic I’ve read since…

…I was going to say, since Justin Hall’s “Only in San Francisco”, but that would give you the wrong idea. There are no painful and squirm-inducing sex acts in “So Super Duper”. There are no sex acts at all, at least not in the first two issues. Our lead character is so oblivious that he doesn’t realize he’s gay–he may not even know what the word means, quite.

It’s the sweet-natured naivette of the lead character which gives SSD its considerable charm. His name is Psyche, and as our story opens he’s just been made a member of the the “Amazin’Nauts” team. Yes, this is indeed another superhero parody, but Brian Anderson puts his own spin on the formula. As in Kochalka’s “Superf*ckers”, life in a Superhero compound turns out to be a little like life in High School. And as with “Too Much Coffee Man”, our hero turns out to be a little less than super. Psyche’s got the power of “empathy”, which means he can sense that super-villains are, you know, evil. And that’s about it. Oh, and he’s lazy, flighty, easily scared and a big gossip. And for some reason, not everyone is thrilled that he’s on the team.

But he’s totally thrilled. He’s so delighted with himself that he can’t see the trouble that’s a-brewin’ for him. We can, though, and we want to simultaneously slap him and protect him. Psyche’s a great character–callow, maybe, but so innocent in his callowness that we can’t help loving him. He reminds us of our first love, many years ago, with whom we’d sneak off and giggle in the stairwell while the rest of the company was striking the set of “Damn Yankees.” Or was that just me?

“So Super Duper” is available at Whatever Comics on Castro St., as well as Foto Graphix Books at the Cartoon Art Museum. His website. Buy it! He just did a big signing over the weekend, which I so completely missed. Sorry, Brian! Hugs!