For­ever and Ev­ery­thing #2

Broken Pencil - - Zine Reviews -

Comic, Kyle Bravo, foreveran­de­v­ery­thing@gmail.com, $6

Au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal comics are per­haps the most ubiq­ui­tous type of comic when it comes to zines and mi­nis. That said, they also con­tinue to be some of the most em­i­nently read­able and en­joy­able, and For­ever and Ev­ery­thing #2, from the New Or­leans­based Kyle Bravo is un­doubt­edly up there at the top

By his own ad­mis­sion, Bravo has only been mak­ing comics for about two years, and in that re­gard, he is def­i­nitely a quick learner. Bravo’s work has ur­gency and im­me­di­acy that lends it­self to each comic be­ing an en­cap­su­la­tion of a par­tic­u­lar mo­ment and mind­set. In one comic, he re­lates his re­cent po­lit­i­cal wor­ries and steps to take ac­tion; in an­other, he re­lates a sim­ple drive around the park, his son asleep in the back seat. The work doesn’t feel de­tached or like it’s aim­ing for some grander state­ment. It’s sim­ply the go­ings-on and mo­ment to mo­ment of Bravo’s life. Where au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal comics can oc­ca­sion­ally have a ten­dency to­wards the hy­per­bolic, Bravo’s comics are re­fresh­ing in their nat­u­ral and hon­est pre­sen­ta­tion of things — Kyle goes to the doc­tor to get a cal­lus looked at, Kyle strug­gles to pre­vent a roof from leak­ing — mi­nor mo­ments that never feel mun­dane. There’s an un­speak­able charm to the work, a warmth that ra­di­ates from each comic and makes you ap­pre­ci­ate the lit­tle things. Mi­nor things may feel in­signif­i­cant, but ul­ti­mately, as For­ever and Ev­ery­thing shows, they all mat­ter. (Gra­ham Sig­urd­son)

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